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Welcome to our latest issue

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We live in unusual times. Entire regions are destabilized by the weight of bad politics, dismal economics, and insecurity. Combined, their impact on societies is devastating in many ways. Where the so-called Arab Spring took place, entire populations are unsettled. They feel the pain of multi-faceted conflicts that promise insecurity and economic despair, and what’s left is a retreat to a more conservative life because there is the sense of familiarity and security.

Domestically, most of the countries we cover are divided, depressed and economically impoverished. In many countries, government leadership is often handled by men that are old, sick or both. Surrounding these men are a cabal of people who are running the show in complete secrecy and in manners that allow abuses to take place, as is the case in Algeria. When the leaders are in good health, they themselves abuse the system and often turn violent, as is the case in Egypt.

With the countries getting poorer, people are turning to religion, and often with negative outcomes. Women’s rights are in retreat, free press has vanished, and despite the promises of social media, the right to free speech lands the authors to jail.

Regionally, rather than seeking ways to integrate their economies in an effort to benefit from each other’s strengths, countries rather feud and fight. The most recent trend has been to erect barriers, fences, walls, and dig tranches along their borders in the name of security. What this is doing is to undo the little progress in economic integration that took place since the 1960s. It’s all gone now, thanks to ISIS.

The West is not playing a better role. The rise of ultra-nationalist movements amid a severe refugee and migration crisis in Europe, Brexit, and the arrival of Donald Trump in the White House are all signs of a retracting West.

In this latest issue we look at some of the challenges facing North Africa. Not only we look at the usual sources of trouble, such as terrorism, security, and immigration, but we also tackle some issues that are less debated but which impact stability, from women’s rights to leadership issues.

Arezki Daoud is The North Africa Journal Editor and MEA Risk LLC’s Chief Executive and Lead Analyst. At the North Africa Journal Arezki oversees content development and sets the editorial policies and guidelines. Arezki is an expert on African affairs, with primary focus on the Maghreb, Sahel and Egypt. His coverage of the region spans from security and defense to industrial and economic issues. His expertise includes the energy sector and doing business in the region. At MEA Risk, Arezki overseas all aspects of the company’s development, from the research agenda to growth strategy and day-to-day business activity. Arezki brings a wealth of skills. After college, he worked for oil company Sonatrach, then held research, forecasting and consulting positions for the likes of Harvard University, IDG and IDC. Arezki can be reached at, at US+508-981-6937 or via Skype at arezki.daoud