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Terror in Tunisia and the Gloomy Outlook

Terror in Tunisia and the Gloomy Outlook

The attacks recently perpetrated against two hotels in Sousse confirm that Tunisia is now in a permanent state of war, and the future looks rather gloomy. The war being waged…

Governance in Tunisia: The Challenges of Restoring the Rule of Law

Governance in Tunisia: The Challenges of Restoring the Rule of Law

Now that Tunisia has managed to rebuild its government structures and a new constitution, how is it managing its transition to stability? The very existence of democratic institutions is indeed…

Mauritania’s Brutal Crackdown of Anti-Slavery Campaigners

Mauritania’s Brutal Crackdown of Anti-Slavery Campaigners

Mauritania is one of the very few countries that continues to endorse slavery in pratice, despite laws that ban it. And the government, dominated by Arab ethnics has been using…

Libya and its three Competing Power Centers

Libya and its three Competing Power Centers

The recent appointment of General Khalifa Haftar as top military commander is an indication that many Libyans are looking to unify their efforts against the Islamists. This appointment is also…

The Egyptian Government Signals Some Easing of an All-Out Repression Strategy

The Egyptian Government Signals Some Easing of an All-Out Repression Strategy

There are some tiny signals coming from Egypt that President Sissi and his government are looking to ease a few of the many severe repressive measures enacted since the ousting…

Death toll from Libya crises in 2014 exceeds 2,600 – 71% of the region’s casualties

Death toll from Libya crises in 2014 exceeds 2,600 – 71% of the region’s casualties

The year 2014 ended with at least 3,771 fatalities from Critical Incidents in the Maghreb and Sahel zones, based on MEA Risk LLC’s tracking service CIncidents. With an intense political…

Maghreb MEA Risk Digest: Week Ending Jan. 18, 2015

Maghreb MEA Risk Digest: Week Ending Jan. 18, 2015

The following review is a summary of Critical Incidents witnessed by MEA Risk Analysts and as reported in Critical Incidents Tracker. For the week ending Sunday January 18th, the Maghreb…

The Cost of Excessive Trade Regulation: How Tunisia is Losing Money

The Cost of Excessive Trade Regulation: How Tunisia is Losing Money

Tunisia suffers from the illegal trade of merchandise that reduces its potential for more state income. Most of illicit trade comes through its borders with Algeria and Libya. Each year,…

Sonatrach’s Hassi Messaoud housing base blockaded by local protestors

Dozens of residents of Hassi Messaoud are demonstrating in front of the housing complex of Algerian oil company Sonatrach. Blocking access to the base, which is located near the local…

Boko Haram Targets Niger, Panic in the East of the Country

Boko Haram Targets Niger, Panic in the East of the Country

Niger, the northern neighbor of Nigeria is now on the target list of the West African Islamist militant group Boko Haram. Boko Haram’s attacks within Nigeria forced thousands of residents…

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