Below you will find a selection of books, journal articles and other publications published by the Sahel Research Group.

Journal articles
Book chapters
SRG Working Papers
Other publications


African Border Disorders. Addressing Transnational Extremist Organizations
edited by Olivier J. Walther and William F.S. Miles
Routledge, 2018.




Muslim Youth and the 9/11 Generation
edited by Benjamin Soares and Adeline Masquelier
University of New Mexico Press & SAR Press, 2016.




Political Parties in Africa. Ethnicity and Party Formation
by Sebastian Elischer
Cambridge University Press, 2013.




African Migrations: Patterns and Perspectives
edited by Abdoulaye Kane and Todd H. Leedy
Indiana University Press, 2013.




Medicine, Mobility, and Power in Global Africa: Transnational Health and Healing
edited by Hansjörg Dilger, Abdoulaye Kane and Stacey A. Langwick
Indiana University Press, 2012.




The Languages of Urban Africa
edited by Fiona Mc Laughlin
A&C Black, 2009.




The Fate of Africa’s Democratic Experiments: Elites and Institutions
edited by Leonardo A. Villalón and Peter Von Doepp
Indiana University Press, 2005.




Islamic Society and State Power in Senegal
by Leonardo A. Villalón
Cambridge University Press, 1995.




Journal articles

  • – Walther O, Leuprecht C, Skillicorn D. 2017. Political fragmentation and alliances among armed non-state actors in North and Western Africa (1997-2014). Terrorism and Political Violence DOI:10.1080/09546553.2017.1364635 (read).
  • – Bogaards M, Elischer S. 2016. Competitive authoritarianism in Africa revisited. Comparative Governance and Politics 10(1): 5-18.
  • – Soares B. 2016. Reflections on Muslim-Christian encounters in West Africa. Africa 86(4): 273-297.
  • – Kuépié M, Tenikue M, Walther O. 2016. Social networks and small businesses performance in West African border regions. Oxford Development Studies 44(2): 202-219.
  • – Elischer S. 2015. Autocratic legacies and state management of Islamic activism in Niger. African Affairs 114(457): 577-597.
  • – McKune S, Borresen E, Young A, Ryley T, Russo S, Camara A.D, Coleman M, Ryan E. 2015. Climate change through a gendered lens: Examining livestock holder food security. Global Food Security 6: 1-8.
  • – McLaughlin F. 2015. Linguistic warscapes of northern Mali. Linguistic Landscape 1(3): 213-242.
  • – Villalón LA. 2015. Cautious democrats: Religious actors and democratization processes in Senegal. Politics and Religion 8(2): 305-333.
  • – Walther O, Christopoulos D. 2015. Islamic terrorism and the Malian rebellion. Terrorism and Political Violence 27(3): 497-519.
  • – Walther O. 2015. Business, brokers and borders: The structure of West African trade networks. Journal of Development Studies 51(5): 603-620.
  • – Walther O, Howard A, Retaillé D. 2015. West African spatial patterns of economic activities. African Studies 74(3): 346-365.
  • – Serra R. 2014. Cotton sector reform in Mali: explaining the puzzles. Journal of Modern African Studies 52(3): 379-402.
  • – Theriault V. and Serra R. 2014. Institutional environment and technical efficiency: a stochastic frontier analysis of cotton producers in West Africa. Journal of Agricultural Economics 65(2): 383-405.
  • – Soares B. 2014. The historiography of Islam in West Africa: an anthropologist’s view. Journal of African History 55(1): 27-36.
  • – Walther O. 2014. Trade networks in West Africa: A social network approach. Journal of Modern African Studies 52(2): 179-203.
  • – McKune S, Silva J. 2013. Pastoralists under pressure: Double exposure to economic and environmental change in Niger. Journal of Development Studies 49(12): 1711-1727.
  • – Elischer S. 2012. Measuring and comparing party ideology in nonindustrialized societies: Taking party manifesto research to Africa. Democratization 19(4): 642-667.
  • – McLaughlin F. 2011. Youssou N’Dour’s Sant Yàlla/Egypt: A musical experiment in Sufi modernity. Popular Music 30(1): 71-87.
  • – Serra R. 2011. The promises of a new social capital agenda. Journal of Development Studies 47(8): 1109-1127.
  • – Villalón LA. 2010. From argument to negotiation: Constructing democracy in African Muslim contexts. Comparative Politics 42(4): 375-393.
  • – Serra R. 2009. Child fostering in Africa: When labor and schooling motives may coexist. Journal of Development Economics 88(1): 157-170.
  • – Soares B. 2007. Rethinking Islam and Muslim societies in Africa. African Affairs 106: 319-326.
  • – Serra R. 2001. Social capital: Meaningful and measurable at the state level? Economic and Political Weekly, 693-704.

Book chapters

  • – Soares B. 2016. New Muslim Public Figures in West Africa. In Launay R. (ed.) Writing Boards and Blackboards: Islamic Education in Africa. Bloomington: Indiana University Press: 268-284.
  • – Soares B. 2011. Family Law Reform in Mali: Contentious Debates and Elusive Outcomes. In Badran M. (ed.) Gender and Islam in Africa: Rights, Sexuality, and Law. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press: 263-290.
  • – Soares B. 2010 ‘Rasta Sufis’ and Muslim Youth Culture in Mali. In Herrera L, Bayat A. (eds) Being Young and Muslim: New Cultural Politics in the Global South and North. Oxford: Oxford University Press: 241-257.
  • – McLaughlin F. 2008. The ascent of Wolof as an urban vernacular and national lingua franca. In Vigouroux C.B, Mufwene S.S. (eds) Globalization and language vitality: Perspectives from Africa. London: Continuum: 142-170.

SRG Working Papers

  • – Serra R, McKune S. 2016. Climate information services and behavioral change: The case of Senegal. SRG Working Paper 10.
  • – Sambe B. 2014. Le Sénégal à l’Epreuve de la Crise Sahélienne. SRG Working Paper 9.
  • – Idrissa A. 2014. In a Neighborhood on Fire: ‘Security Governance’ in Niger. SRG Working Paper 8.
  • – Ba O. 2014. Tuareg Nationalism and Cyclical Pattern of Rebellions. SRG Working Paper 7.
  • – Gondeu L. 2013. Notes sur la Sociologie Politique du Tchad. La Dynamique d’Intégration Nationale (French version) Notes on the Political Sociology of Chad. The Dynamics of National Integration (English Version) SRG Working Paper 6.
  • – Bodian M. 2014. The Stakes of Malian Crisis in Senegal. SRG Working Paper 5.
  • – Yahaya Ibrahim I. 2014. Niger in the face of Sahelo-Saharan Islamic Insurgency: Precarious Stability in a Troubled Neighborhood. SRG Working Paper 4.
  • – Yahaya Ibrahim I. 2014. Managing the Sahelo-Saharan Islamic Insurgency in Mauritania. SRG Working Paper 3.
  • – Eizenga D. 2013. Negotiating Stability during Times of Change: The Stakes of the Malian Crisis in Burkina Faso. SRG Working Paper 2.
  • – Eizenga D. 2013. Managing Stability through Military and International Acclaim: The Stakes of the Malian Crisis in Chad. SRG Working Paper 1.

Other publications

  • – Elischer S. 2018. Defying the Odds? Nigerien Responses to Foreign and Domestic Security Challenges. Paris, OECD West African Papers (forthcoming)
  • – Eizenga D. 2018. The Unstable Foundations of Political Stability in Chad. Paris, OECD West African Papers (forthcoming).
  • – Walther O. 2017. Wars and Conflicts in the Sahara-Sahel. Paris, OECD West African Papers 10.
  • – Ibrahim I. 2017. The Wave of Jihadist Insurgency in West Africa: Global Ideology, Local Context, Individual Motivations. Paris, OECD West African Papers 7.
  • – Walther O. 2017. Cross-border Co-operation Networks in West Africa. Paris, OECD West African Papers 6.