The coup in Niamey has exacerbated the security situation in Niger and the Sahel region, to the detriment of the civilian population in particular. Until recently, Niger was regarded in Germany and Europe as an ‘anchor of stability’ in the Sahel, but now the foreign policy view of the country is characterized by increasing concern.
On November 10, the consequences of the coup in Niamey for current developments in Niger and the region were examined at a parliamentary breakfast in the German Bundestag and possible options for action for German and European foreign policy were discussed. Simone Schnabel and Philipp Goldberg, Head of the FES Competence Center for Peace and Security in Dakar, were also present. The event was organized by Dr. Karamba Diaby, Member of Parliament for the SPD and member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Economic Cooperation and Development, in cooperation with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.
On September 26, Antonia Witt and Simone Schnabel took part in an expert exchange on the topic of “Failed? What does the coup in Niger tell us?” at the Federal Foreign Office. Together with Lisa Tschörner from the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, they discussed the consequences of the coup for the Sahel region against the backdrop of the country case study “Peace Policy Coherence in German Government Action - Lessons from Mali and Niger” published in September 2022 by the Advisory Board on Civilian Crisis Prevention and Peacebuilding.