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About Sahel Blog

Sahel Blog analyzes news about religion and politics in the Sahel (Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Sudan, and Eritrea) and the Horn of Africa (Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Sudan). The blog pays particular attention to elections, protests, violent¬†movements, and Muslims’ participation in democracy and religious debates.tea

Sahel Blog aims to engage readers in discussions about these issues and to provide students, policymakers, American citizens, citizens of African countries, and other audiences with a resource on the pressing topics of the day in a region that extends from Senegal to Somalia.

About Alex Thurston

Since 2014, I have been a Visiting Assistant Professor in the African Studies Program at Georgetown University, where I teach classes on Islam and politics. During 2013-2014, I was an International Affairs Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations. In that capacity I served as a Desk Officer for Nigeria at the U.S. Department of State. I received my Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Religious Studies in 2013, and my M.A. from Georgetown in Arab Studies in 2009. My academic writing has appeared in African Affairs, the Journal of Religion in Africa, Islam Africa, and elsewhere. I have written reports for the Carnegie Endowment and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and my analyses have also appeared in Foreign Policy, World Politics Review, the International Peace Institute’s Global Observatory, and other venues.

You can reach me at ajt29 at georgetown dot edu. I am always happy to hear from readers.