North Africa Program

Providing transatlantic and regional policy makers with a nuanced analysis of current events in Algeria, Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia




Thu, Sep 19, 2019

Libya: Locked or moving forward?

One of the unfortunate consequences of Libya’s crisis is that the main players with decision-making power in Libya’s conflict are the regional and international powers involved in the crisis.

MENASource by Karim Mezran

Libya Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Sep 12, 2019

Factbox: Tunisia’s precarious 2019 presidential election

Voting booths open for the Tunisian presidential election this Sunday, September 15, in one of the world’s youngest democracies. Tunisians will be selecting their second president from among twenty-six candidates, including two women, with hopes of a new vision for addressing pressing issues about the economy, security, and political reform.

MENASource by Adam Aluzri and Christiana Haynes

Democratic Transitions Elections

Thu, Sep 5, 2019

Is the early presidential election a political turning point for Tunisia?

The results of the next Tunisian presidential election may change the political spectrum for the subsequent legislative elections too. During the last eights years, the political paranoia has been the rule, leading public opinion to discredit politicians and political parties.

MENASource by Haykel Ben Mahfoudh

Middle East North Africa

Thu, Aug 22, 2019

Tunisia could help enforce Libya’s arms embargo

In 2020, when Tunisia begins its two-year term as non-permanent member of the Security Council, the country will have the biggest opportunity to influence international affairs since becoming a democracy in 2011. In response to the appointment, Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui declared “Tunisia will be the voice of Africa and the Arab world…Trying to […]

MENASource by Keith Jones


Thu, Aug 22, 2019

How the EU can save Tunisia

The Tunisian presidential and parliamentary elections in 2014 marked the beginning of a new democratic era. In the aftermath of the first wave of the Arab Spring, Tunisia remains the only country to have successfully transitioned from an authoritarian to a democratic government.

MENASource by Iyad Yousef

North Africa

Fri, Aug 2, 2019

Hudson quoted in Middle East Eye on a Canadian lobbyist’s Libyan connection

In the News by Atlantic Council

Conflict Libya

Fri, Jul 26, 2019

Mezran and Samet in The Diplomat: China Has Quietly Carved out a Foothold in North Africa

In the News by Atlantic Council

China Economy & Business

Mon, Feb 6, 2017

The challenge of ascertaining a strategic surprise

The challenge posed by strategic surprises is not just their unexpected nature, but also that they are often not evident when they first occur. This memo discusses criteria and indicators for determining when a strategic surprise is occurring.

Strategy Consortium by William Inboden

Israel National Security

Tue, Nov 20, 2012

Libya’s Transition: The Current State of Play

November 2012 Download PDF The Political Process Political Parties Issues of Concern Key People to Watch Economic Situation International Response Despite localized violence and continuing resistance to militia disbandment, Libya’s democratic transition is moving forward largely as planned. Elections for the 200-member General National Congress (GNC), Libya’s first free election in six decades, took place […]

Uncategorized by Jason Harmala

Democratic Transitions Libya

Fri, Jul 26, 2019

The Christie’s Affair: The looting and sale of indigenous Egyptian artifacts

This week, Egypt has commemorated the 67th anniversary of the expulsion of King Farouk, the last conduit for British control and exploitation of Egypt, and the establishment of the Egyptian republic. The generations who witnessed and participated in the struggle against imperial Britain are no longer alive. Yet widespread aversion to that earlier period still runs deep among Egyptian citizens and officials. 

MENASource by Amal A. Kandeel and Noor Sullivan

North Africa