Articles on North Africa

The death of a jihadist: A chance to curb Mali’s conflict (Commentary)

Andrew Lebovich - 13 December 2018

Last month, French forces in Mali killed one of the Sahel’s most prominent jihadist leaders, Amadou Koufa - his death is a brief opportunity for Mali’s government and the international community

New currents in Libya’s stagnant waters (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi - 05 December 2018

The most important development in Libya’s recent history may have just taken place. And it was not a high-level summit, but a new expression of popular opinion on Libya’s future

The promise of Palermo: Uniting the strands of Europe’s Libya policy (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi - 08 November 2018

On 12 and 13 November, Italy is hosting a conference on Libyan stabilisation in Palermo which hopes to fix the floundering international mission in the country

More for less? Europe’s new wave of ‘migration deals’ (Commentary)

Chloe Teevan - 08 October 2018

North African governments may feel they have the EU over a barrel on migration flows. But Europe must set tough conditions on any new aid it gives to them

Present at the Destruction (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 01 October 2018

At the UN General Assembly last week, it was clear to most that the post-war multilateral system is now an artifact of a bygone era. The new world order that is currently emerging will be defined less by shared principles, and more by the whims of individual leaders and governments

Egypt’s judicial theatre of injustice (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 21 September 2018

As European governments look to Egypt as a partner, the country's human rights record continues to suffer with an escalating use of executions

The Libya delusion: violence erupts again (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi - 06 September 2018

Militias have entered Tripoli, shifting the balance of power inside Libya and hampering the advance towards new elections. European powers need to stop squabbling and grasp the meaning of this new state of affairs

Mr Salvini goes to Tripoli (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi - 13 August 2018

The EU migration policy is in decay, partly due to counterproductive tactics from within the Union

The end is Nile: International cooperation on Egypt’s water crisis (Commentary)

Tareq Baconi - 25 July 2018

Ethiopia is building Africa's largest dam, crucial to its energy security and economic growth. It is also causing issues with neighbours on the Nile, particularly Egypt, which could suffer from absolute water scarcity once the project is complete. 

What lies beneath: How climate change could aggravate problems that reach Europe’s shores (Commentary)

Tareq Baconi - 28 June 2018

The Sahel would benefit from new multilateral institutions that head off instability by addressing the problems of environmental stress in the region