Ousmane Aly Diallo is a Ph.D. Candidate and a Doctoral Fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. His research interests include the role of identity and legitimacy in the ownership of international interventions by national actors in West Africa, with an emphasis on the collaboration between the UN and regional organizations such as ECOWAS and the G5 Sahel.
Ousmane currently collaborates with Professor Ahmad on the influence of the informal economy in the patterns of political violence, and in the behaviors of non-state armed groups in Northern Mali. The Mali case study is part of the global « Jihadi War Economies » project which include several other case studies in Africa, Southeast Asia and the Middle East