Beatriz de León Cobo

Beatriz de León Cobo is a PhD candidate at Sorbonne University specialising in security and violent radicalisation in West Africa and Europe. She is also a conflict advisor for First Call Partners and an analyst at the Centre for International Security of the Francisco de Vitoria University (Madrid), where she leads the ‘Forum de Dialogue Sahel Europe’.

The Forum de Dialogue Sahel Europe Expert Group is an initiative of the Centre for International Security of the Francisco de Vitoria University in Madrid, which was created in June 2021 following the success of the first Dialogue Forum. This network of experts aims to promote dialogue and joint research between the Sahel, the Maghreb and Europe on security issues affecting the three regions. In the first year, 25 experts from countries in the three regions joined the network, publishing analyses and policy briefs, organising conferences and the second Sahel-Europe Dialogue Forum in Madrid in July 2022, which brought together 70 relevant actors interested in the peace and stability of the Sahel, including diplomats, military officials, researchers, NGOs, civil society actors, and journalists. To read the synthesis of the second Forum, click here.