IPA’s Global Strategy Group (GSG) is a team of former officers from the U.S. Departments of State, Defense, Treasury, Commerce, Justice, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the FBI, and the private sector. They are a team of experts in foreign affairs, global security, interagency and intergovernmental cooperation. Emphasizing a comprehensive, whole-of-government approach, the GSG provides solutions by designing, planning and executing scenario-supported wargames and experiments addressing complex emerging security challenges.

The GSG has produced and delivered numerous reports and handbooks on best practices for civil-military, interagency, and host-country cooperation. The topics range from conflict prevention and mitigation to post-conflict stabilization and reconstruction. The team has also provided extensive support to NATO in moving toward the implementation of the Alliance’s Strategic Concept.

Burkina Faso's leader Lt. Col. Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba, who came to power in a coup in January of this year, has been overthrown via another coup by Capt. Ibrahim Traore. The volatile political situation in this small West African country is one of several significant challenges Burkina Faso is facing that have far-reaching effects on international security. Burkina Faso is a landlocked former French colony that in recent years has suffered from a deteriorating security environment due to the increasing presence of jihadist militants. Terrorist attacks have become common throughout the Sahel, raising concerns internationally about the region as a haven for international terrorist organizations. In addition, Russian mercenaries have a significant presence in West Africa, where Russia is seen as competing for influence with former regional colonial power, France. The Sahel has also experienced significant changes in climate that are causing water shortages and low agricultural yields, which in turn contribute to food insecurity and migration.

"The Old Junta Leader Makes Way for the New in Burkina Faso's Second Coup of the Year" - NPR

"Their power grab marked Burkina Faso's second military coup this year, deepening fears that the political chaos could divert attention from an Islamic insurgency whose violence has killed thousands and forced 2 million to flee their homes. It followed unrest in Ouagadougou, the capital, in which mobs on Saturday attacked the French embassy and other French-related sites, wrongly believing that they were sheltering Damiba."


"U.S. Warns Burkina Faso Coup Leaders on Russia" - Barrons


"Burkina Faso Coup: Ousted Military Ruler Damiba in Togo" - BBC


Good information on terrorism in the Sahel region from the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT).


It's a great time to learn more about Burkina Faso!


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