• Adelphi Books

    Chapter 3: Power and Authority in Morocco

    17 November 2015. 

    Although Mohammed VI’s response to popular uprisings in 2011 has mostly succeeded, it has revived a persistent question of whether gradual, palace-driven reforms from above can produce tangible institutional change in how power is shared and exercised.

  • Adelphi Books

    North Africa in Transition: The Struggle for Democracies and Institutions

    17 November 2015. 

    This Adelphi book examines how the politics, security and economies – which were largely stable for decades prior to 2011 – have changed in the four states of the Magrheb.

  • Strategic Comments

    Tunisia’s democracy faces economic challenges

    05 November 2015. 

    Increasing efforts to aid Tunisia have come from the international community during the past year, as concern mounts that terrorism and economic malaise may erode faith in the democratic system. It will be necessary to convince the business elite that ending monopolistic practices will not imperil their own living standards, and that reform will improve the lot of all Tunisians.

  • Strategic Survey

    Strategic Survey 2015: Middle East and North Africa (Arabic)

    30 October 2015. 

    The year to mid-2015 saw significant flux in the Middle East. This important chapter from the 2015 Annual Review of Strategic Affairs has been translated into Arabic and is available to buy as a print version or as a pdf.

  • Strategic Comments

    Libya’s fragmented conflict resists solutions

    30 September 2015. 

    There are no clear solutions to Libya’s civil war. While there are notionally two sides to the conflict, each is made up of a multitude of militias and factions with ever-changing internal dynamics.

  • Expert Commentary

    The National Interest: Tunisia Needs to Do More to Fight Terrorism

    14 July 2015.  By Benjamin Fishman, Consulting Senior Fellow for the Middle East and North Africa The June 26 resort massacre in Tunisia that resulted in thirty-eight deaths revealed that the only Arab democracy is woefully underprepared to take on the brutality of the Islamic State. Like the March attack at Tunis’ Bardo museum, the beach and hotel had very limited security and the response times of police were insufficient to prevent dozens of...

  • IISS Voices

    Hebatalla Taha: ‘Sinai Province’s’ incursion into Sheikh Zuweid town

    09 July 2015.  Sinai Province launched a coordinated attack against the Egyptian army in al-Arish and Sheikh Zuweid in North Sinai on 1 July. The attack showed that the intensified security presence has failed to deter the group. As the military continues to escalate its operations in North Sinai, civilians fear that they will bear the brunt of the response.

  • IISS Voices

    Hebatalla Taha: Insecurity in the Sinai Peninsula

    19 May 2015.  Posing grave security challenges for the Sisi-led government, North Sinai has been the site of escalating security operations for several months. Armed groups have expanded their capacity and despite the state’s efforts to contain it, the chronic insecurity of North Sinai has spilled over to the rest of the country. 

  • Expert Commentary

    Foreign Affairs: Who Lost Libya?

    21 April 2015.  Obama’s Intervention in Retrospect Foreign Affairs May/June 2015

  • Armed Conflict Survey

    Chapter 3: Middle East

    14 April 2015.  Egypt (Sinai) 
    Mali (The Sahel) 
    Turkey (PKK) 

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