Articles on North Africa

Freeze, confiscate, restore? Swiss ideas for future EU sanctions (Commentary)

Clara Portela - 24 April 2019

Sanctions for ‘misappropriation’ have proved their worth in forging ties with new leaders in Tunisia, Egypt, and Ukraine. But it is time to strengthen them

Waiting for France: The missing member of Europe's coalition on Libya (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi - 18 April 2019

The UK, Germany, and Italy are forming a common position following the latest Libya offensive. This should form the core of Europeans exerting greater collective influence over events there 

Beyond Bouteflika: Algeria protests demand whole system “Clear out” (Commentary)

Chloe Teevan - 05 April 2019

The president has resigned under pressure from the street and, now, the army. But Algeria’s protest movement will unlikely accept anything less than wholesale reform

The march of Haftar: Why Europeans should stand in the way of the Libyan National Army (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi - 05 April 2019

As Field Marshal Haftar's forces advance towards Tripoli, Libya teeters on the brink of yet another civil war. Europe can no longer idly stand by. 

Algeria's protests: A view from the ground (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 25 March 2019

ECFR Senior Policy Fellow Anthony Dworkin's research trip to Algiers sheds light on protestors' visions for political reform in Algeria.

France's strongman strategy in the Sahel (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi & Andrew Lebovich - 08 March 2019

The French response to internal threats in North African countries has been to reinforce authoritarian rule to keep the peace. But it could inflame miltancy in the long run, especially in Chad and Libya. 

Protests and the ailing president: Algeria's political crisis (Commentary)

Andrew Lebovich - 04 March 2019

Algerians have taken to the streets to voice their discontent with President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's plan to run for a fifth term in office. Could this be the beginning of more fundamental reform? 

Tunisia – between instability and renewal (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 21 January 2019

Strikes and elections are raising the tension in Tunisian society and politics. The socio-economic divisions that led to the 2011 revolution still afflict the country and are causing increased public disaffection.

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