Senegal is located in Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean between Guinea-Bissau and Mauritania. The official language of its 12,969,606 people is French, though Wolof, Pulaar, Jola and Mandinka are also spoken. Senegal has many ethnic groups: Wolof (43.3%), Pular (23.8%), Serer (14.7%), Jola (3.7%), Mandinka (3%), Soninke (1.1%), European and Lebanese (1%), and other (9.4%). The majority of Senegalese people are Muslim (94%), while 5% are Christian and 1% practice indigenous beliefs. Natural resources include fish, phosphates, and iron ore. Senegal remains one of the most stable democracies in Africa and has a long history of participating in international peacekeeping and regional mediation.

  • Arun Agrawal

    Arun Agrawal

    Professor, School of Natural Resources and Environment

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    Khalid Al-Naif

    Director, Development Consulting Services

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    Frieda Ekotto

    Associate Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures
    Associate Professor, Comparative Literature

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    Judith T. Irvine

    Edward Sapir Collegiate Professor, Anthropology

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    Mark Tessler

    Vice Provost, International Affairs
    Samuel J. Eldersveld Collegiate Professor, Political Science
    Director, International Institute
    Research Professor, Center for Political Studies