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The North Africa Initiative offers cutting-edge commentary and analysis to inform key stakeholders about current developments in North Africa and how they affect the stability of the region.
Event Recap Dec 23, 2022
Governing the Ungovernable. Consolidating the Libyan State Amidst Emerging Criminal Networks
Libya has endured ten years of turmoil, lack of stability, foreign interference, and internal strife. The presence and proliferation of local armed groups have further eroded state-building processes. Read this event recap to know more about Libya’s future.
MENASource Dec 21, 2022
It’s time for Tunisia’s president to resign. Here’s why.
By Alissa Pavia
The sound of Tunisia’s silence was deafening after only 11.2 percent of Tunisians—one million out of nine million eligible voters—participated in the December 17 parliamentary elections.
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The North Africa Initiative conducts cutting-edge research to guide the actions and strategy of key decision-makers in the U.S., Europe, and North Africa.
Report Nov 18, 2022
Conflict management models in the MENA region
By Karim Mezran, Chiara Lovotti, Alissa Pavia, Gerald M. Feierstein, Stefano Marcuzzi, Petr Tůma
The Atlantic Council North Africa Program and the Institute for International Political Studies is pleased to publish its latest dossier focusing on a selected number of conflict-case studies (Libya, Yemen, Mali and Russia).
Report Oct 7, 2022
The MENA region’s uneasy path towards reforms
By Karim Mezran, Valeria Talbot, Alissa Pavia, Lorenzo Fruganti, Eleonora Ardemagni, Andrew Farrand, Alessia Melcangi and Hafsa Halawa
Decade-old geopolitical transformations have impacted the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) states’ efforts to implement socioeconomic reforms. More recently, the Ukraine war’s reverberations are also likely to affect the MENA countries’ paths towards such reforms.
Report Aug 29, 2022
North Africa’s transatlantic relations amid change and continuity
By Karim Mezran, Roberto Menotti, Alessia Melcangi, Emadeddin Badi and Alissa Pavia
The purpose of this report is to identify a potential role for Italy and its diplomacy to play in North Africa, in full agreement and collaboration with the United States and the other main European actors.
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