Summary: a new dictator has emerged in Tunisia and repression has returned but unlike the era of the Ben Ali dictatorship the economy is in freefall taking with it the hopes and aspirations of the 2011 revolution.
Summary: popular support for the Palestinian cause has brought hundreds of thousands into the streets while creating challenges for the leadership of the Maghreb countries that were once colonies of France and with whom relations were already strained.
Summary: even though the Middle East and North Africa are on the frontlines of climate change the structures of governance are ill-suited to manage arguably the greatest threat the region and its people have ever faced.
Summary: Giorgia Meloni’s Made in Italy fund is seeking investment from MENA energy players and Algeria has an opportunity and history on its side to engage with the Italians and invest in the fund. What’s lacking is the political will and the economic nous to seize the opportunity.
Summary: French President Emmanuel Macron’s record in the Middle East and North Africa has been at best a mixed one marked by a lack of collaborative strategic thinking and occasional diplomatic gaffes.
Summary: with Israel recognising Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara and Washington little interested in weighing into the debate, the Sahrawi people have suffered a significant setback in their decades long campaign for self-determination.
Summary: the UAE is using the threat of departing OPEC to strengthen its negotiating position within the cartel while keeping the option of leaving on the table.
Summary: as he systematically deconstructs the last vestiges of Tunisia’s experiment in democracy many are wondering what the Tunisian president’s end game is or if he has an end game at all.
Summary: as outside players become more engaged and the violence in Sudan gathers pace so too does the risk of a major conflagration that could engulf the region.
Summary: with the country’s economic crisis deepening and President Kais Saied continuing to chart an erratic and increasingly dictatorial course the World Bank lowers the boom.