Articles on North Africa

Still wanted: New approaches to migration for Europe (Commentary)

Andrew Lebovich - 08 September 2017

The recent high-level Paris meeting on managing migration from Africa still falls far short of resolving the issue.

Russia in Libya: War or Peace? (Commentary)

Mattia Toaldo - 02 August 2017

Europe must use its diplomatic leverage to ensure that increased Russian involvement does not come at the cost of further destabilisation on Europe’s southern border.

Does the road to stability in Libya pass through Cairo? (Commentary)

Adel Abdel Ghafar & Mattia Toaldo - 05 June 2017

Ultimately, the road to stability in Libya does pass through Cairo, but most importantly through Tripoli and Misrata.

Stabilising Mali - why Europe must look beyond technicalities (Commentary)

Andrew Lebovich - 24 May 2017

To foster long-term stability in Mali, the international community must not content itself with the implementation of technicalities.

Libya, the time to avoid escalation is now (Commentary)

Mattia Toaldo & Karim Mezran - 18 March 2017

The alternative is the resumption of fighting at the levels of summer 2014, which led to the establishment of ISIS in the country.

Open letter to Chancellor Merkel (Commentary)

European Working Group on Egypt - 01 March 2017

Uncritical engagement with Egypt will not promote European interests, says EWGE ahead of Chancellor Merkel's visit to Cairo.

The EU deal with Libya on migration: a question of fairness and effectiveness (Commentary)

Mattia Toaldo - 14 February 2017

Whether the new EU migration agreement will work and whether it will respect migrants’ rights is an open question with the answer likely to be no.

Why a refugee deal with Libya is a bad idea (Commentary)

Mattia Toaldo - 24 January 2017

The Maltese plan is less about managing migration and more about reducing the numbers arriving in Europe at any cost.

The EU’s migration policy in Africa: five ways forward (Commentary)

Mattia Toaldo & Luca Barana - 08 December 2016

The European Union is not helpless in the face of migration flows from sub-Saharan Africa. Here is how it can act.

Is the sky falling on Libya? (Commentary)

Mattia Toaldo - 23 September 2016

The ink is barely dry on a new joint statement on Libya. But already the roadmap is under threat from developments on the ground.