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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.
MENASource Jul 22, 2022
Tunisia is the sole survivor of the Arab Spring. It was nice while it lasted.
By Tommaso Virgili
On July 25, Tunisians return to the polls for a historical vote: a referendum on whether to repeal the democratically-drafted constitution of 2014 and replace it with a new charter immaculately conceived by President Kais Saied.
MENASource Jul 26, 2022
Experts react: Tunisia’s president cemented his power grab with a referendum vote. What does it mean for North Africa?
By Karim Mezran, Emadeddin Badi, Alia Brahimi, Alessia Melcangi, Alissa Pavia
Atlantic Council experts share their thoughts on the vote and what it means for North Africa writ large.
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In-Depth Research & Reports Jul 12, 2022
Evolving MENA power balances: What is next for US engagement in the region?
By Karim Mezran, Valeria Talbot, Jonathan Panikoff, Sanam Vakil, Maha Yahya, Mark N. Katz, Gangzheng She, and Julien Barnes-Dacey
US President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s upcoming visit to the Middle East provides an opportunity to assess what role the United States will play in the Middle East and North Africa in the future. With the war in Ukraine further diverting US attention from the region, the big question is whether the region is entering a ‘post-US’ era.
Report Oct 26, 2021
North Africa 2030: What the future holds for the region
By Frederick Kempe, Giampiero Massolo, Yahia Zoubir, Abdelkader Abderrahmane, Pietro Gagliardi, Guillaume Biganzoli, Aldo Liga, Nader Kabbani, Nejla Ben Mimoune, Hannah Abdullah, Karim Elgendy, Shlomo Roiter Jesner, Jay Mens, Armando Sanguini, Karim Mezran, and Alissa Pavia
In the last decade, several events redefined North Africa’s heterogeneous character and identity. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the beginning of the Arab spring, but most of the root causes fueling the unrest remain unaddressed.
Report Dec 11, 2020
The politics of pandemics: Evolving regime-opposition dynamics in the MENA region
By Frederick Kempe, Giampiero Massolo, Karim Mezran, Annalisa Perteghella, Emadeddin Badi, Yahia Mohamed Lamine Mestek, Hafsa Halawa, Abbas Kadhim, Gawdat Bahgat, Nadereh Chamlou
The politics of pandemics: Evolving regime-opposition dynamics in the MENA region.
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