Niger's general election on 27 December 2020 marks the halfway point to the country's first-ever voluntary handover of power following an election. President Mahamadou Issoufou's successor will inherit a precarious security situation characterised by escalating militancy in peripheral regions.

AKE's Special Report examines the root causes of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara's insurgency in western Niger and predicts a further escalation of militant violence if the next government does not adjust its anti-militant strategy.