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The Trans-Saharan road gap

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Despite their common heritage, the Maghreb and the Sahel remain insufficiently connected. The dissemination of cultural, religious and linguistic trends, the movement of people, and their trade relations serve as ancient bridges between the two regions. Renewed trans-Saharan relations are in the very early stages. Strengthened relations between countries and populations on both sides of the Sahara require infrastructure, increased trade, and a new definition of the border concept. They also require a change in the approach to the territory: one that envisions the Sahara not as an interruption, but as a continuous space, a hyphen between two regions.

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