2010 Film Presentations

Militancy and Violence in West Africa

Directed by Dodge Billingsley

Despite their various differences, the countries of West Africa are confronted by a number of common security issues that challenge the region as a whole. Intimately connected to a colonial past and its lingering legacy, these issues revolve around religious and ethnic differences, as well as politics, economics and regional conflict more broadly. In the past forty years, intra-Islamic competition, ethnic conflicts, a push to control lucrative energy resources, and weak governments and elites with ambiguous attitudes towards conflict have combined with growing radicalism and militant violence to devastating effect. 

Contact: Dodge Billingsley, Combat Films and Research, Utah, US

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