Algeria today sits at the centre of a Venn diagram of four overlapping and daunting challenges.
After decades when very little happened, climate change has pushed a massive project to halt Sahelian desertification to the top of the priority list with Mauritania playing a lead role.
Arab Digest · Hey Europe! The Maghreb Matters
The Biden Administration will look to rein in Russia in the Middle East; but the latter will remain an ‘indispensable power’ in the region for the foreseeable future.
In the dying days of the Trump White House, another Arab state recognises Israel in a win for the president that will have consequences his successor will have to deal with.
Arab Digest · The Disconnect: MENA regimes versus the people they rule over
The move by the UAE and Jordan to recognise diplomatically Morocco’s control of Western Sahara has the potential to ignite further conflict in North Africa.
The vicious killing of a young Algerian woman sheds light on a disturbing picture of domestic violence, rape and murder about which authorities appear to be doing little or nothing.
A Democrat clean sweep on 3 November would bring all four of the world’s biggest economies more or less into line on reducing emissions, with potentially major implications for peak oil demand.
Summary: when set against today’s reality a snapshot of MENA in July 2000 proves a grim comparison. So are there any grounds for hope and optimism?