Djallil Lounnas discusses developments in the jihadi environment of northern Africa.
Egypt temporarily lifted its state of emergency this month, but while this may have seemed to be a victory for the people it was actually a triumph for the security state.
The gap between U.S. rhetoric and action on Assad’s departure has long characterized Washington’s policy toward the Syrian leader.
The United States can neither transform Syria nor walk away from it. Washington needs to accept the reality that its role will likely be limited.
A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security.
Syria’s coming battles will determine the final relationship between the central government in Damascus and the Syrian Kurds, even when this is not their immediate or sole purpose.
Corruption is a destabilizing force in Tunisia, infecting all levels of its economy, security, and political system.
For Tunisia’s transition to remain on track, the country must address illicit enrichment more effectively.
An Ethiopian dam may sharply reduce the Nile’s flow, leaving Egypt high and dry.
The Kurdish referendum on independence may have delayed such an outcome for many years.