MEA Risk Analyst Arezki Daoud speaks of Maghreb security and counter-terror strategies

On December 4, 2017, MEA Risk Analyst and North Africa Journal Editor, Arezki Daoud spoke at the Washington DC headquarters of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on Algeria and Morocco’s strategies to counter terrorism. The event saw...
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Nigeria week in review – podcast summary for week ending Aug. 27, 2017 Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSThis 8eight-min podcast reviews Nigeria’s political and security environment for the week ending 27 August...
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Egypt: Insurgency-military conflict intensifies, with July 2017 showing new records

Egypt is witnessing a broad reduction in the number of critical incidents on the year-over-year basis, as tracked by MEA Risk’s Critical Incidents Tracker. Compared to July 2016, the number of incidents considered to have had an impact on stability in Egypt fell 51.8%...
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China focuses on its military footprint in Africa, setting stage for new rivalry with West

While the United States is scaling back its international positions amid a significant reduction in State Department’s budget that will affect international aid, another superpower, China, is working to substantially increase its international engagement.  For years...
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Nigeria: Security forces thwart suicide attacks on Maiduguri University in Borno

Three suicide bombers were killed when they tried to launch a suicide attack on inside the University of Maiduguri on Thursday, 6 July 2017.  Two of the bombers detonated their explosives inside the university, while one was gunned down as he tried to escape. The...
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Egypt: Militants challenge state of emergency, kill 23 soldiers in third attack this week

At least 40 insurgents and 23 Egyptian soldiers were killed in a suicide bomb attack and subsequent battle in North Sinai on July 7, 2017. The suicide bomb attack targeted the military, after the bomber rammed his vehicle into a checkpoint controlling the entry into a...
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Libya: Shifting sands in the militia and insurgency movements

Tracking and understanding the various militias and insurgent groups involved in the Libya conflict is no trivial exercise. This is because the situation shifts quickly in reaction to the many events that force continuous changes on the ground.   Take for example the... read more

Saudi power struggle could destabilize the entire Middle East

By Dr. Cyril Widdershoven-  Political instability in Saudi Arabia is growing as King Salman bin Abdulaziz begins to overhaul the Saudi government, putting a long list of family members into positions of influence while increasing the power of his son, Deputy Crown... read more

Broadcast: Europe’s Radicalized Muslim Population

Europe’s integration policies related to its immigrants have been less than effective in stemming the rise of extremism. Decades of misconceived immigration strategies have led to the rise of radical movements, to the point now that new measures to strip the...

Oil prices & the impact on Sovereign Wealth Funds Libya as a case

The drop in oil prices in the last 12 months has taken markets and investors by surprise. State institutions such as Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWF) have been affected and state budgets have suffered. SWF will grow slowly and in many cases will see some of their assets...

The Other Time Bomb: Food Dependency in Middle East/North Africa

North Africa’s stability is not only undermined by the terror risk coming from Daesh and other insurgency groups, but it is also more acutely affected by broad governance issues and its inability to deal with pressing economic, social and environmental problems. One...

How Algeria’s new budget may lead drug trafficking to soar

The recently adopted budget for fiscal year 2016 has been subject to vivid opposition from several political figures and civil society associations ever since a draft version was made released in late 2015. Developed on the basis of a reference price of $37 the barrel...

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