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Thu, Jun 10, 2021

Parliamentary elections won’t rescue Algeria from its legitimacy problem

Arriving on the heels of two years of overt popular contestation, Algeria’s June 12 parliamentary elections will not suffice to resolve the country’s deep political impasse.

MENASource by Andrew Farrand

Elections Middle East

Fri, Jun 4, 2021

Libya’s fragile ceasefire: A lost opportunity?

On April 16, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2570, approving arrangements for a ceasefire monitoring mechanism and the deployment of UN monitors. But will a sixty-person team be sufficient to prevent the renewed outbreak of hostilities in this deeply split country?

MENASource by Wolfgang Pusztai

Libya Middle East

Thu, Jun 3, 2021

Algeria’s parliamentary elections: A bumpy road ahead

While the coronavirus pandemic put on hold the Hirak movement, its resumption in February this year indicates that many Algerians have not renounced challenging the Algerian government.

MENASource by Abdelkader Abderrahmane

Elections Middle East

Wed, Jun 2, 2021

Egypt has a water problem—and no, it’s not only the GERD

The Nile River, a once seemingly unending water resource serving Egypt as a dependable and mighty lifeline for millennia, now barely reaches the Mediterranean Sea.

MENASource by Yaniv Cohen

Energy & Environment Middle East

Tue, Jun 1, 2021

Egypt recalibrated its strategy in Libya because of Turkey

It is evident that the strategic pivots of Egyptian leadership in Libya are adapting and evolving in concordance with developments on the ground and keeping in mind wider regional implications—particularly its relations with Turkey.

MENASource by Alessia Melcangi

Libya Middle East

Mon, May 24, 2021

Badi in War on the Rocks: “To advance its own interests, Turkey should now help stabilize Libya”

In the News by Atlantic Council

Libya Middle East

Fri, May 21, 2021

Melcangi in Formiche: “How Egypt mediated between Israel and Hamas”

In the News by Atlantic Council

English Italian

Fri, May 21, 2021

Libya has a mercenaries problem. It’s time for the international community to step up.

One of the darker realities of the war in Libya is that the conflict (now in its eleventh year) is powered by layers of actors from outside the contested territory. Libyans have been killed and their country ravaged by foreign soldiers of fortune.

MENASource by Alia Brahimi

Libya Middle East

Tue, May 18, 2021

Mezran quoted in Prudent Press Agency on the US Deputy Secretary of State’s visit to Tripoli

In the News by Atlantic Council

Libya Middle East

Tue, May 11, 2021

Co-opting cybersecurity in Egypt

Cybersecurity is one of several frequent and overlapping justifications for censorship by the Egyptian government, in addition to strengthened counterterrorism and media regulation.

MENASource by Bassant Hassib and James Shires

Digital Policy Middle East