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Welcome to France's New War on Terror in Africa: Operation Barkhane

Welcome to France's New War on Terror in Africa: Operation Barkhane

"France is starting a lengthy and risky military endeavor in a vast region, with no apparent end in sight."

At the end of the day, France is starting a lengthy and risky military endeavor in a vast region, with no apparent end in sight. The question that has not been answered is quite simple: What is the endgame? When will France consider the mission accomplished?

Maxime H. A. Larivé, Ph.D., is a Research Associate at the European Union Center of Excellence at the University of Miami. He writes for Politipond and his book, titled Debating European Security and Defense Policy Understanding the Complexity, is scheduled for publication in October 2014 with Ashgate.

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