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Middle East/North Africa Risk Pulse Security

Warning signs of instability in Egypt

The latest data from our Risk Pulse collaboration show major increases in potential instability and unrest. Social and political conditions in Egypt are ripe for another revolutionary wave.

Middle East/North Africa Security

The growing insurgent threat in Egypt’s Western desert

Egypt faces a growing threat of militancy in its Western desert as combat-hardened Sunni extremists have been solidifying their positions along the Libyan border.

Middle East/North Africa Security

Turkey’s southern ambitions

While the world is focusing on Turkey’s actions in Syria, President Erdogan’s recent visit to Africa signals Turkey’s intentions to expand its impact on a much larger scale around the Red Sea.

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Will Saudi Arabia’s latest megacity venture deliver on the hype?

In the process of diversifying its economy to become less reliant on its oil reserves, Saudi Arabia recently announced the launch of a megacity and special economic zone called Neom. GRI assesses its potential.

Debate Corner Middle East/North Africa

Is a new revolution on the horizon in Tunisia?

A flare-up of protests in Tunisia in early January had observers wondering whether the country was headed for renewed unrest and disarray. GRI asks: Will the upcoming elections serve as a catalyst?

Finance Middle East/North Africa

Tunisia’s new Finance Law and the roots of social unrest

Seven years ago, decentralised, non-hierarchical protests ousted former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. This time the protests are different.

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Egypt votes: the last man standing

The upcoming presidential election is as unpredictable, as it is predictable. Seven figures intend to stand in the election, but really only one remains.

Middle East/North Africa Security Technology and infrastructure

Swarm drone attack in Syria points to new kind of warfare

The 5 January drone attack against two Russian bases in Syria highlights the growing risk posed by non-state actors using UAVs for offensive operations.

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Tunisia protests could be a preview of upcoming elections

As deep divisions and socio-economic problems continue to affect the country, elections in May will be a crucial test.

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Institutional reform and private sector legitimacy key to reducing instability risk in Iran

Protests and instability could erupt again if key structural issues are not addressed and economic growth does not trickle down to most Iranians over the medium-term.