Russia is regaining influence in North Africa thanks to weapons, energy, and trade.
A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security.
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb lost its Kabylia stronghold through its multiple mistakes.
Europe remains at fault for both failing to rebuild Libya following its 2011 intervention, and for increasingly relying on rights-abusing militias for its coast guard and migrant interdiction responsibilities.
In an interview, Jean-Pierre Filiu discusses his recent book on the mechanisms of survival adopted by Arab regimes.
Absent effective institutions, Libya has struggled and devolved into civil war since the fall of Qaddafi. But while the country has dropped off Western radars since the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, the story of Libya is far from finished.
Tunisia’s decentralization process has tremendous potential. Yet the central government, local government, civil society, and international donors must each invest in the process.
Tunisia’s local elections reflected public discontent, but were also an accomplishment.
Algeria’s regime has repeatedly adapted the political system in limited ways. But what has worked for the regime up until now may not work indefinitely into the future.
In an interview, Dalia Ghanem-Yazbeck talks about the paradoxes of state control over religion in Algeria.