"Any way the wind blows" - Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody
This blog started when we went to Niger, and I spent 3 years there with my wife and children (our second child was born while we lived there). As a result, I have a certain interest and attachment to the country. Working on Chad – with a clear Sahel context – has been ideal to follow what is going on in Niger. On 26 July 2023 a coup took place in Niger, with elements of the military holding the civilian president and claiming power.
A lot has been written and said about the coup, both its causes and its consequences (one of the articles I found the most interesting is by Rahmane Idrissa). But overall, both looking forward and backwards, it’s probably too soon to say anything definitive. Some somewhat random thoughts:
18.08.2023, Brussels, Belgium.
Online encampment of A. S. Barry. Disparate and not-so-disparate thoughts on international relations, development, writing, and life.