Articles on North Africa

How Italy was marginalised in Libya (Commentary)

Mattia Giampaolo - 17 January 2020

Italy has achieved little through independent diplomacy in Libya. It may have more success by acting within a European framework.

How to repair Europe’s credibility in Libya (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi - 16 January 2020

European countries and the EU can still use the strength of their diplomatic assets to reassert their influence in Libya. But they will first need to overcome their internal divisions to do so.      

Turkey in Libya: Filling the European vacuum (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi & Asli Aydıntaşbaş - 17 December 2019

Europeans could still keep Libya a multilateral affair, if they can bring France onto a shared platform – and deploy newfound unity to draw American influence back in.

Italy’s Libyan conundrum: The risks of short-term thinking (Commentary)

Arturo Varvelli and Matteo Villa - 26 November 2019

By prioritising short-term gains in irregular migration and energy security, Italy and the EU have helped create an unsustainable security and political situation in Libya.

Germany’s quiet leadership on the Libyan war (Commentary)

René Wildangel & Tarek Megerisi - 20 November 2019

Although Germany’s mediation role in the Libyan conflict has received relatively little attention so far, this might change if its initiative leads to a peace conference – or, alternatively, a collapse of the political process.

Listen to the street: The new Algerian transition (Commentary)

Amel Boubekeur - 01 November 2019

Algeria’s Hirak movement is rejecting the continuation of old ways in new forms. How will the army respond?

Sisi’s illusion of stability (Commentary)

René Wildangel - 04 October 2019

The EU should end its acquiescence to Sisi’s policies.

Can Germany stop Libya becoming the new Syria? (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi - 24 September 2019

The forthcoming Berlin conference offers the chance of a diplomatic breakthrough for all sides in Libya’s proxy ‘civil’ war. Will they seize the opportunity?

Tunisia's unpredictable elections (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 12 September 2019

Tunisia's upcoming presidential election brings its fragmentation to light

The unacknowledged costs of the EU’s migration policy in Libya (Commentary)

Shoshana Fine & Tarek Megerisi - 25 July 2019

The ongoing war in Libya is causing growing numbers of Libyans to emigrate to Europe – and leading European states to make partnerships with authoritarian regimes