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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.
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Feb 28, 2023
Justice in Libya: A civil society perspective
Welcome to the Atlantic Council and Lawyers for Justice in Libya’s human rights directory for Libya, where we support Libyan civil society organizations to share their perspectives and seek justice for gross human rights violations and serious international crimes committed in Libya.
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By convening top American, European, and North African officials and experts through public events, the North Africa Initiative promotes dialogue to foster greater cooperation on the region.
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 Jul 27, 2023
The North African complex: Regional players, global challenges
By Karim Mezran, Alessia Melcangi, Riccardo Fabiani, Sebastian Sons, Hisham Hellyer, Matteo Villa, Alissa Pavia
North Africa is, once again, the theatre of local and global challenges, which makes it a highly unstable regional complex. Unresolved crises like the ones in Libya and Western Sahara create obstacles to regional security, economic integration, and peaceful coexistence.
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.
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