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Middle East/North Africa Security

Violent sectarianism on the rise in Algeria

Recently, the southern Algerian province of Ghardaia was the scene of intense clashes between Arab and Berber communities. Many Algerians are now demanding that the government do more to address

Middle East/North Africa Security

Fighting for hearts and minds in Anbar Province

At the height of the Iraq Insurgency, the Sunni Awakening helped see off the Al-Qaeda threat. Duplicating that success to combat ISIS will be much more difficult. Fed up with

Middle East/North Africa Security

Will Jabhat al-Nusra eclipse Islamic State in Syria?

Jihadist groups have made some recent military gains against the regime forces in Syria. Both the Assad regime and Islamic State are under extreme political and economic pressure. Could Jabhat

Middle East/North Africa Security

Joint Arab military forces deepens the Saudi-Iran conflict

Arab leaders often concluded their annual Arab Summit meetings with verbal statements regarding the region’s issues, rather than taking any substantial measures. However, this year’s summit held on the 28th of

Middle East/North Africa Security

Islamist militias take key oil fields in Libya

Libya goes from bad to worse and approaches failed state status. The implications could be far-reaching. Bad news out of Libya has become the norm since the ousting of Muammar

Middle East/North Africa Security

Will Yemen follow in the footsteps of Libya and Syria?

Yemen has been thrown into turmoil in recent months. Its continued existence as a unified state is increasingly called into question. In the middle of a difficult political transition since

North America Politics

What to expect from Obama’s AUMF request against ISIL

The White House submitted a draft joint resolution to Congress requesting a three-year authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

Security Sub-Saharan Africa

Will Mali miss the investment scramble for sub-Saharan Africa?

Violence and political instability threaten Mali’s ability to benefit from increasing foreign investment in sub-Saharan Africa. Recent weeks have witnessed a spike in violence in Mali between opposing militias, including

Middle East/North Africa Security

Will Al-Qaeda groups cooperate with Islamic State?

The terrorist attacks that occurred in Paris from January 7th to January 9th have shocked Europe and the world. These attacks bore a specificity that underscores a new tendency in

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Economic woes fuel the conflict in Yemen

Conflict in Yemen continues this week as Houthi rebels seek to overthrow President Hadi’s Western-aligned government, threatening an already fragile security environment. Economic woes play a major role in shaping