A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security.
Egypt’s upcoming presidential election may not remove the incumbent, but many problems lie ahead if he wins.
With no effective Libyan government and no capable police or security services, militias present themselves to outside powers as counter-terror partners. The challenge is dealing with extremism in a way that does not empower these militias at the expense of an inclusive, civic state.
Carnegie’s Frederic Wehrey discusses his forthcoming book on Libya after the fall of Moammar al-Qaddafi.
With Syria, Libya, and Iraq grappling with either the specter of war or its immediate aftermath, there is an urgent need to analyze the politics of post-conflict reconstruction.
Tunisia has increasingly relied on the military to bring security to its border region with Libya. But the current approach risks worsening the security situation and playing into the hands of jihadis.
In Libya, recent attacks against Sufi targets have been driven by doctrine, but also socioeconomic resentment.
Tunisia is a success story, however the economy continues to threaten the country’s progress.
Sarah Yerkes examines the causes behind the ongoing protests in Tunisia, and advises less of a resort to force.
Carnegie’s Intissar Fakir discusses Morocco’s PJD and what its experience of governing has meant for the kingdom.