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The Crisis in North Africa

22nd April 2015 – Clingendael Netherlands Institute of International Relations

The Crisis in North Africa

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Arab Spring protests of 2011 that swept through the Middle East and North Africa radically reshaped the region’s political and security environment. Longstanding regimes in Egypt and Tunisia fell in a matter of weeks, though the political orders that underpinned these regimes remained largely intact. Conversely, the violent overthrow of Muammar Qaddafi’s government in Libya upended the political status quo and forced post revolutionary leaders to attempt to rebuild political institutions from the regime’s ashes. To the west, Morocco and Algeria have largely avoided the political turmoil that enveloped their eastern neighbors, though the threat of domestic unrest prompted both governments to adopt political and economic reforms that at least symbolically addressed the grievances of their populations. more...

Analysis & Commentary

29th April 2015 – Clingendael Netherlands Institute of International Relations

Europe’s Volatile Southern Neighbourhood

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The “Arab Spring” protests of 2011 upended the political status quo in North Africa, ushering in an era of turmoil and political uncertainty. Regimes that had maintained a firm grip on power for decades crumbled in months or weeks, though the process of deposing these autocratic regimes was sometimes protracted and violent. From the ashes of the old regimes, a new political order emerged – one that was volatile, unpredictable, and more prone to conflict than the system it had displaced. more...

29th April 2015 – Quoted by Shane Harris - The Daily Beast

Dead Broke Libya Hires Million-Dollar American Lobbyist

Jonathan Schanzer

The fledgling government of Libya has hired a top-flight Washington PR firm to represent its interests in D.C., even though by all accounts Libya is a failed state with no real functioning government. more...

22nd April 2015 – Clingendael Netherlands Institute of International Relations

The Crisis in North Africa

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Arab Spring protests of 2011 that swept through the Middle East and North Africa radically reshaped the region’s political and security environment. Longstanding regimes in Egypt and Tunisia fell in a matter of weeks, though the political orders that underpinned these regimes remained largely intact. Conversely, the violent overthrow of Muammar Qaddafi’s government in Libya upended the political status quo and forced post revolutionary leaders to attempt to rebuild political institutions from the regime’s ashes. To the west, Morocco and Algeria have largely avoided the political turmoil that enveloped their eastern neighbors, though the threat of domestic unrest prompted both governments to adopt political and economic reforms that at least symbolically addressed the grievances of their populations. more...

19th April 2015 – Quoted by Twitchy

Because Crusades?

Oren Kessler

Horrific news out of African as there are now multiple news outlets reporting on a new ISIS video purporting to show the beheading of 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya. more...

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