This report provides a short synthesis of some of the most recent, high quality literature on the topic of conflict in Mauritania. It aims to orient policymakers to the key debates and emerging issues. Mauritanian security threats are complex and intertwined. Key drivers of conflict are Islamist terrorist movements and the risk of radicalisation; the often divided and belligerent Mauritanian military; domestic protests similar to the Arab Spring protests; trafficking and kidnapping; and wider social, economic and political tensions.
Rao, S. Conflict analysis of Mauritania. Governance and Social Development Resource Centre, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK (2014) 22 pp.