Summary: as the Gaza wars rages on a lesson that should be remembered is that after a decade of upheaval in the Middle East and North Africa states in the region used diplomacy, not military action, to ease tensions and achieve a stable regional order.
Summary: the Gaza war has reinforced the conviction among young Arabs that the West has little or no concern for the rights of Palestinians and that much of what it says about freedom, justice and equality does not extend to the Arab world.
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: a western media focus on the ill-treatment of sub-Saharan migrants ignores another harsh reality, the desperation of young Tunisians seeking to escape the economic crisis engulfing their country.
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: a group of top Egyptian security officials are busted in Zambia with gold, weapons and millions of dollars in cash. Sisi fumbles the response.
Summary: in an assessment that time has shown to be unerringly accurate, a leading American Middle East expert delineated the Kais Saied coup and the way in which the US and Europe stood by while Tunisian democracy was dismantled.
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 ever-increasing danger of dust storms, Iraq’s marshlands dying, a Lebanese journalist jailed, Foreign Office fall-out from a piece of anti-BDS legislation, a Palestinian family evicted from their East Jerusalem home and Black African migrants targeted in Tunisia.