North Africa and the Sahel Review of week ending 24 April 2020: Lock-downs, curfews and government abuse

This is a retrospect on North Africa and the Sahel region, for the week ending 24 April.  The review, which focuses on the latest on Covid-19 in the Maghreb, Egypt and the Sahel, is presented by MEA Risk analyst Arezki Daoud. The video version can also be seen on...

Podcast: Outlook – North Africa faces unprecedented economic crisis accelerated by Covid-19

26 March 2020: North Africa is bracing for an unprecedented economic contraction, even if the coronavirus crisis were to be contained soon.  The fundamentals of economic growth are such, that the region is expected to witness an erosion of revenues driven by both...

North Africa facing the coronavirus: situation update as of 12 March 2020

Today’s topic of MEA Risk podcast is to review North Africa coronavirus readiness as of 12 March 2020. The podcast is presented by Arezki Daoud. Link to the transcript can be found here: https://bit.ly/3cWJGus

Algeria 2019 stability assessment: Main statistics

The apparent easing in political tension in Algeria post-12 December 2019 election is not evidence of a return to normal and the end of the anti-regime protest movement.  The appointment of Tebboune as president after a massively rejected election, has forced a lull...

Sahel: Instability in Burkina Faso

This brief is about the West African and Sahelian nation of Burkina Faso.  Several Western countries have recently issued travel warnings and MEA Risk has issued this first impression and additional comments on those warnings. Burkina Faso is a complex place and is...

Libya’s Berlin conference: First impressions

The Berlin conference on Libya was an honorable initiative from Germany's Angele Merkel for trying. But we fear it ended with no major progress and clear signs that the violence will not end anytime soon. In this audio briefing, MEA Risk's Arezki Daoud share the first...

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Algeria 2019 stability assessment: Main statistics

The apparent easing in political tension in Algeria post-12 December 2019 election is not evidence of a return to normal and the end of the anti-regime protest movement.  The appointment of Tebboune as president after a massively rejected election, has forced a lull...

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Sahel: Instability in Burkina Faso

This brief is about the West African and Sahelian nation of Burkina Faso.  Several Western countries have recently issued travel warnings and MEA Risk has issued this first impression and additional comments on those warnings. Burkina Faso is a complex place and is...

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Libya’s Berlin conference: First impressions

The Berlin conference on Libya was an honorable initiative from Germany's Angele Merkel for trying. But we fear it ended with no major progress and clear signs that the violence will not end anytime soon. In this audio briefing, MEA Risk's Arezki Daoud share the first...

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Podcast: The Libyan crisis is getting complicated

The discussion on Libya that follows was recorded on the 10 January 2020. The discussion between MEA Risk’s Arezki Daoud and Alessandro Bruno took place a couple of days before the two warring parties in Libya agreed on a truce. Although there have been some minor...

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Nigeria 15 December stability assessment: High-Risk Zone

A video attributed to ISWAP showed the execution of two soldiers and a policeman carried out 8 December.  In another video, ISWAP executed four more people, all were humanitarian workers believed to have been abducted in July 2019. The victims worked for French aid...

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Mozambique 15 December stability assessment: High-Risk Zone

Insecurity in the gas-rich region of Cabo Delgado has intensified over the past fortnight, ending 15 December 2019.  Attacks by insurgents took place in the village of Litingina in Nangade district, in Matapata near the industrial facilities of the Rovuma natural gas...

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Metrojet crash in the Sinai likely to worsen Egyptian economy

MEA Risk Research Note: The UK government ordered a suspension of flights to the Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, as a result of what it believes to be a strong likelihood of a bomb that downed the Russian airplane. Metrojet Flight 9268, a Russian plane carrying...

Should Kenya tighten its belt amid revenue uncertainty?

There is an ongoing debate over a "cash crunch" facing Kenya. But is it a real issue which could affect the Kenyan economic outlook?   This ongoing debate is in line with what we are seeing in other African countries. Currency woes are indeed affecting a great many...

Maghreb/Sahel: August 2015 Monthly Human Migration Brief

The Maghreb and the Sahel regions continue to struggle with illegal migration.  In most cases, migrants come from other regions such as war-torn Mid East countries and Sub-Sahara Africa, using the Maghreb as a transit platform toward Europe, taking advantage of a...

Egypt: Risk too High, Stability Outlook Remains Negative

In mid-May 2015, a major rating agency upgraded Egypt’s outlook from “stable” to “positive.” The rating agency cited the country’s perceived economic “recovery” as a reason for its decision. Another competing credit agency followed suit by upping its rating of the...

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