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The North Africa Journal is a leading English-language publication focused on North Africa. The Journal covers primarily the Maghreb region and expands its general coverage to the Sahel, Egypt, and beyond, when events in those regions affect the broader North Africa geography. The Journal does not have any affiliation with any institution and has been independent since its founding in 1996. Our position is to always bring our best analysis of events affecting the region, and remain as neutral as humanly possible. Our coverage is not limited to one single topic, but ranges from economic and political affairs, to security, defense, social and environmental issues. We rely on our full staff analysts and editors to bring you best-in-class analysis. We also work with sister company MEA Risk LLC, to leverage the presence on the ground of a solid network of contributors and experts. Information on MEA Risk can be found at www.MEA-Risk.com.

Morocco-Algeria: Diplomatic Tension Escalates

Morocco-Algeria: Diplomatic Tension Escalates

Tension has been rising between Morocco and Algeria, over, yet again the disputed Western Sahara territory. This escalation seemed to have started following statements made by Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika…

Algeria Receives ‘B-‘ Neutral Negative Stability Rating, Graded 50.7, According to MEA Risk

Algeria Receives ‘B-‘ Neutral Negative Stability Rating, Graded 50.7, According to MEA Risk

MEA Risk rating and assessment service announced the release of its Stability Rating for Algeria. As of November 5, 2013, Algeria receives rating “B-”, with a numerical grade of 50.7…

Morocco: the King’s Men Return to Power, Islamists Move to the Backseat

Morocco: the King’s Men Return to Power, Islamists Move to the Backseat

The coalition that formed the Moroccan cabinet since the electoral victory of the Islamist PJD party has been facing a crisis when in July 2013 the conservative-monarchist Istiqlal party withdrew…

Political Crisis in Tunisia: When Irresponsible Politics Kill Jobs

Political Crisis in Tunisia: When Irresponsible Politics Kill Jobs

The Tunisian economy has become the victim of the so-called Arab Uprising, which ironically started in Tunisia. Today’s main political feud is a showdown between a stubborn Ennahda party that…

Maghreb’s Small Billionaire Club

Maghreb’s Small Billionaire Club

According to Forbes, Africa had 1,426 billionaires in 2013. These are mostly business people and may not take into clear account the kings, president and generals who obviously are entitled…

The Case for Federalism

The Case for Federalism

The prospect of stability and peace in North Africa, the Sahel and further into the Middle East and Sub-Sahara Africa remains far. Too many interests are competing to reshape the…

More Violence in Libya: Dozens Killed, Incontrollable Militias

More Violence in Libya: Dozens Killed, Incontrollable Militias

Deadly clashes erupted in the outskirts of Tripoli on Saturday resulting in dozens of deaths, estimated at almost 40. These events are similar to those that occurred last summer in…

Morocco: the King’s Men Return to Power, Islamists Take a Much Needed Break

The coalition that formed the Moroccan cabinet since the electoral victory of the Islamist PJD party faced a crisis when in July 2013; the conservative-monarchist Istiqlal party withdrew from it.…

Libya PM Zeidan Kidnapped by a Government “Anti-Corruption Unit” [update]

Making a public statement on Thursday, the Libyan Deputy Prime Minister Abdulkarim Sadikk clearly missed the mark when he stated that Libya was safe and security was under control.  The…