Once a region that rarely featured in debates about global security, the Sahel has become increasingly topical as it confronts the international community with intertwined challenges related to climate variability, poverty, food insecurity,  population displacement, transnational crime, contested statehood and jihadist insurgencies. Sahel is in fact a political order in the making, where extra-legal governance influences the nature of political competition and multiple threats challenge international stakeholders.

The special issue includes the following articles: