Arab Digest editor William Law welcomes back Francis Ghilès, a leading European expert on the Maghreb and a senior associate research fellow at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs. Their conversation explores the missteps of France in North Africa and the persistent failure to arrive at coherent policy approaches towards countries that are crucial to Europe’s security.
Summary: as the Sahel sees increasing jihadist insurgencies, Mauritania remains free of the scourge of terrorism…for now.
Arab Digest editor William Law, in conversation with Francis Ghilès, an associate senior researcher at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB). A former North Africa correspondent for the Financial Times, he is a specialist on security, energy, and political trends in North Africa and the Western Mediterranean.
Founder and CEO of Washington-based Gulf State Analytics Giorgio Cafiero joins Arab Digest editor William Law for a conversation about French President Emmanuel Macron’s foreign policy initiatives in the Levant, North Africa and the Sahel and the growing rivalry between France and Turkey as they compete for a pre-eminent position in the MENA region.