West Africa Is Changing – Five Essential Reads On Breakaways From Ecowas

The Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) is grappling with its most significant crisis since its inception, as Niger, Burkina Faso, and Mali have broken away to form the Alliance of Sahel States. These countries, all under military rule, cited discontent with Ecowas sanctions and governance issues. The split threatens regional integration efforts, impacting trade and free movement agreements. Ecowas has responded with sanctions and diplomatic efforts, including appointing Senegal’s President as mediator, to resolve the rift and restore cohesion within the bloc. Analysts suggest the breakaway could lead to economic disruptions and mobility challenges for citizens within the region.