Efforts to reduce the mandate and scope of the UN peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara could shift parties away from a political solution and risk greater instability.
In addition to escalating tensions with Italy, Egypt’s response to the murder case of Giulio Regeni shows how the security services rely on torture as the primary tool of repression.
Although Tunisia’s leadership appears to be warming to Saudi Arabia at a critical moment for the kingdom, Riyadh cannot rely on its allegiance.
Sisi’s efforts to broker the reunification of the Libyan army are less about stabilizing its neighbor than empowering Khalifa Haftar against shared Islamist foes.
Egypt’s current attempt to reduce public debt through austerity measures ignores the problem’s roots in uncontrolled military spending.
The Egyptian state’s choice to downplay a recent attack on Christians in favor of promoting the World Youth Forum is further eroding trust in local media.
Rising public trust in Arab militaries at the expense of governments could signal a disruptive trend in civil-military relations and portend instability to come.
The dissolution of Tunisia’s ruling coalition marks an opportunity for politics to shift away from formal consensus toward party competition and the renewal of constructive debate.
The Egyptian state’s seizure of Muslim Brotherhood funds undermines the rule of law and may further discourage organizations and businessmen from criticizing the regime.
Building more community networks to combat violent extremism may help Tunisian authorities develop a holistic, long-term strategy to rehabilitate returning fighters.
Tunisia’s parliamentary committees overseeing security and defense are not tackling urgently needed reforms to the sector, largely due to members’ lack of expertise.
Rather than making North Africa safer, securitizing borders has raised the risk of instability along the region’s frontiers, where communities depend on smuggling.
A new law to develop Upper Egypt indicates the regime is abandoning its constitutional obligation to return Nubians to their former lands around the Aswan High Dam.
A new law regarding the Egyptian military gives the president greater ability to shield select senior officers from prosecution and strengthens his control over the military.
While most residents of Tunis support a woman as mayor, a sizable minority does not, which may present obstacles for the newly elected Souad Abderrahim.
Recent arrests in Egypt aim to preempt public anger over planned neoliberal economic reforms and enhanced presidential powers.
Tunisia’s new Startup Act, the product of a bottom-up-initiative to foster entrepreneurship, is a first step toward establishing the country as a digital hub but will require additional reforms.
The Egyptian government’s reluctance to loosen its grip on private sector industries has impeded the flow of foreign direct investment into the country.
To maintain his reputation as Libya’s only savior, Haftar is now more likely to make dramatic moves against declared enemies and inside his own camp.
Four experts examine the implications Tunisia’s first free and fair local elections may have for political parties, security forces, decentralization, and the democratic transition.