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Edited by Ndongo Samba Sylla

This volume is a compendium of analytical contributions focusing on recent political developments (2014-early 2015) in West Africa. Major events are reviewed, ranging from the popular uprising in
Burkina Faso, which put an end to Blaise Compaoré’s regime after 27 years in power, to the crisis raging in northern Mali, the human tragedy associated with the Ebola epidemic and the adoption of economic emergence plans by many States in the region. A special focus was placed on the issue of State sovereignty over policies and resources, as well as the role of social movements. Despite the cyclical perspective adopted in the contributions, the underlying message is that West Africa is currently standing at a crossroads. The question is whether the region’s States will collectively manage to implement the necessary changes to meet the expectations of their respective peoples, which are primarily made up of youths whose patience is wearing thin in the wake of three decades of political and economic liberalisation.

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Contributing authors
Ibrahim Abdullah * Mamane Sani Adamou * Coffi Cyprien Aholou * Francis
Akindès * Alpha Amadou Bano Barry * Fernando Leonardo Cardoso * Lila
Chouli * Modou Diome * Elieth Eyebiyi * Cláudio Alves Furtado * George
Klay Kieh Jr. * Issa N’Diaye * Abdoulaye Saine * Ndongo Samba Sylla * Mary
Akosua Torgbe * Joseph Koffi Nutefé Tsigbé * Seydina Ousmane Zina