As counter-terror campaign intensifies in Algeria, Libya’s weapons making their way into the c...

In the first four months of 2016, the Algerian army has killed 31 Islamist insurgents, and captured 33 others nationwide. Furthermore, an arsenal of war big enough to wreck havoc was siezed, including over 300 war weapons were retrieved, 202 hideouts were destroyed and a dozen explosive belts were seized during counter-terrorism operations that mainly took place in the Kabylie region, and the southeastern...

Tunisia: Police disperse Petrofac protest in Kerkennah, riots ensue

MEA Risk – Tunisia, Sfax. April 15, 2016. Riots broke out in Kerkennah, governorate of Sfax. It started when 30 protesters, who were intoxicated at the time according to local sources, blocked 6 trucks belonging to the British oil/gas company Petrofac to demand jobs. The police intervened, using tear gas to disperse the crowd. By sundown, 300 rioters were engaged in clashes with the police. At least 6...

A Status Quo Change in Libya?

After several months of diplomatic endeavors, the UN-brokered Presidential Council (PC) and Government of National Accord (GNA) moved to Tripoli, where they operate from a naval base, despite the animosity of dozens of militias based in the capital and a few other cities. The arrival of Fayez Serraj, chairman of the PC and PM-designate of the GNA, in Tripoli was greeted and endorsed by the international...

Opportunities and Risks of Doing Business in East Africa’s Infrastructure

East Africa is a large portion of the continent.  It is strategically located between key regions, and is in itself a growing internal market.  MEA Risk defines East Africa region to include 13 countries on the Eastern Coast of Africa. These are Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Eritrea, Djibouti, and Somalia. And the Indian Ocean Islands of Seychelles and Mauritius....

Egypt Ends 1Q16 with High Security Tension. First Quarter Review

Tension in Egypt remains high as we conclude the first quarter of 2016. The quarter is ending with at least 717 recorded incidents that have had an effect on the country’s stability. The figure suggests that while the Cincidents Index measuring the intensity of the incidents combined remained unchanged on the year-over-year basis, it settled in 1Q16 at 2.01 as indicated by the first chart below.  This...

Algeria Weekly Security Review & Outlook. March 24-30, 2016

There has been a spike of incidents in counter-terrorism and on the anti-migrant front. Anti-immigrant sentiment is dangerously on the rise, clashes reported in some regions, pitting local residents with foreign nationals who have been seeking to settle in those regions.  Dozens of wounded from street battles were recorded in the provinces of Bechar and Ourgla, with locals facing Sub-Saharan migrants....

Turkey’s Wars: No End in Sight, But Beware of What’s to Come

Istiklal Avenue in the heart of Istanbul was recently hit by a suicide bomb that killed five people.  This is the second attack in just a few days, following the one in Ankara that claimed some 37 victims. Among those wounded in Istanbul are a dozen foreign nationals. Many sources within the Turkish authorities quickly concluded that the perpetrators were from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). But a...
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