Serge Michailof: "Africanistan, Development or Jihad"
WHAT: Book talk - Serge Michailof: "Africanistan, Development or Jihad"
WHEN: Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 6pm-8pm
WHERE: La Maison Française – 4101 Reservoir Rd, NW - Washington, D.C. - 20007
PRICE: Free admission
RESERVATION: Online registration required on EventBrite.
ADD. INFOS: Every attendee must be registered under his/her name. Valid ID required. No parking inside the embassy.
Event in French / en français
Serge Michailof has had an impressive and extensive career as an international development expert. From France’s aid agency to the World Bank to France’s strategic think tanks, he has been a leading strategic analyst over the last several decades of the challenges of development and their linkages to security issues. Serge Michailof is the author Africanistan, Development or Jihad (Oxford Press, 2018).
About the book: Africanistan, Development of Jihad
In Africa, progress can be seen across the board. But the important question is whether this progress is sustainable and comprehensive enough. The continent is a powder keg. The powder is demographics and unemployment the detonator. By 2050 the number of young people of working age in Africa is expected to be three times that of China’s. But will there be jobs for them?
What is troubling for the continent is even more dramatic for the Sahel, a huge region of about 100 million inhabitants where insecurity is spreading like a bushfire. Despite major differences in geography and culture, there are huge similarities between the Sahel and Afghanistan: a demographic impasse, stagnating agriculture, widespread rural misery, high unemployment, deep ethnic and religious fault lines, weak states, poor governance, a lack of law and order, regional instability, drug trafficking, and the spread of radical Islam. And unfortunately, the same recipes that failed in Afghanistan are being rolled out in the Sahel. Are we headed to a “Sahelistan” first step to an Africanistan? Serge Michailof helps us find the answer to this important question.
International development expert Serge Michailof will present his latest book Africanistan, Development of Jihad. Building on the example of Sahel, a huge region of about 100 million inhabitants where insecurity is spreading like a bushfire, Serge Michaïlof will discuss whether the same recipes that failed in Afghanistan are being rolled out in the Sahel. Are we headed to a “Sahelistan” first step to an Africanistan?
Online registration is required for this free admission event.