The dynamics of war have changed markedly from conventional battlefield kinetic encounters to unconventional sub-threshold or asymmetric warfare, with combatants using new tactics and emergent technologies to gain a comparative advantage over their adversaries. In the face of such developments and mindful of globalized extremist challenges, we propose that fresh innovations should be encouraged with respect to the conventional training of international and African partner forces tasked with teaming up to engage security threats in the Sahel region. Accordingly, this article promotes a contemporary peacebuilding approach using a transformative, dialogical methodology that focuses on the promotion of greater inter-cultural understanding between local security forces and their external allies. We suggest that such an intervention is cost-effective, sustainable, adaptable, and replicable, insofar as it builds unity and shared understanding, and reduces direct and indirect violence (e.g., green-on-blue casualties and resentment toward different troops). It increases motivation and strengthens solidarity in the field to help partners work toward shared goals and enhanced operational effectiveness, which in turn results in conflict reduction and a more sustainable peace.



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