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Algeria to Up Spending on Cereal Imports

North Africa is struggling with the prospect of reduced cereal harvesting.
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Morocco’s 2015 Budget Based on 4.4% GDP Growth, Earmarks $6 Billion for Debt Servicing

The North Africa Journal: Morocco has a 2015 budget that takes into account a 4.4% GDP growth, up from a projected 4.2% this year. ...
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Algeria: Police Demonstration is Symptom of Vacant Leadership

Competition between Arab and Berber tribes for jobs and land often ends in violent confrontations in Ghardaia. Ghardaia is situated in the center of Algeria in the Sahara desert. On October 12, tribal tensions flared up again as it did so many times in the past months. ...
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Islamic State (IS) Preparing a North Africa-Sahel Offensive. Displacement of Al Qaeda in the Region Underway

The North Africa Journal: ISIS/ISIL (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria or simply IS) is currently building up a pretty dense presence of combatants, leaders, and sympathizers in North Africa and in the Sahel. ...
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Amid Ebola and ISIS Threat, Morocco Withdrawal from Hosting Africa Cup Makes Sense, Says MEA Risk

Morocco asked the African football association CAF to postpone its holding of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. Morocco’s main and only argument is that such event cannot take place amid a major Ebola crisis. But risk tracking and assessment firm MEA Risk suggests that the ISIS threat has also contributed to Morocco's decision. ...
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Maghreb & Sahel Top10 Deadliest Cities

Tallying the figures of terrorism and/or politically-motivated killings shows again that Libyan cities were the deadliest in August 2014. The chart below provides a visual of the cities/regions that are facing severe level of violence. The data comes from MEA Risk at http://www.mea-risk.com...
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The Libyan Impasse: Two Competing Governments Preparing to Fight to the Death

When we entered September 2014, Libya felt calmer and more subdued. Very little in the form of violent confrontation got recorded within the city center proper, although the western districts remained a hotbed of a violent confrontation between various militias....
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Libya’s Woes and Rivalries: a Divided Congress, the Militias and the Federalists

The North Africa Journal | Tension remains high in Libya. Factions with opposing ideologies and strong men at their top are facing each others with devastating potential for the future of the country....
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Latest Issue Available for Download

The North Africa Journal is pleased to announce the release of its 235th issue in which Editors discuss a series of topics of economic, political and security interest related to North Africa’s Maghreb region. ...
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The Geopolitics of Energy in Maghreb Economic Policies

The North Africa Journal | The following presentation was made in late January 2014. It was addressed to the Maghreb Roundtable of the Washington DC-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, the CSIS. It was presented by North Africa Journal Editor Arezki Daoud. Paying subscribers could download the full presentation and audio portion by following the link at the end of the page. ...
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North Africa Oil & Gas Infrastructure Security Conference: Security Assessment

The North Africa Journal | The following presentation was made at the end of December 2013. It was addressed to the North Africa Oil & Gas Infrastructure Security Conference, presented by North Africa Journal Editor Arezki Daoud. Paying subscribers could download the full presentation and audio portion by following the link at the end of the page. ...
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North Africa and Sahel: Major Military Buildup Underway

The North Africa Journal | By Arezki Daoud | Even as northern Mali continues to deal with the aftermath of its Jihadist invasion and the French offensive to remove them, the biggest concern for the region and international military organizations remains southern Libya and in particular the Libya-Algeria shared borders. A military buildup is underway, involving tens of thousands of troops, and upcoming acquisition of Russian military equipment and Chinese drones....
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Egyptian Military Degrades Muslim Brotherhood Organization

Two people were killed in skirmishes as supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi thronged Egypt's cities and towns on Friday for the third time in eight days, trying to rattle an army-backed government bent on crushing his Muslim Brotherhood....
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Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood Strikes Back, Egyptian Crisis Deepens

Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi are launching new protests, some setting fire to a government building in Cairo....
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Morocco: The High Cost of Running Government

The North Africa Journal | With an economy struggling to grow, the Moroccan government has enacted a series of measures aimed at curbing spending related to the functioning of the administration. But these measures, which included a promised reduction in the state automobile fleet, a curbing of cost of travel and other items have failed to generate the savings anticipated early on, causing concerns about the rate of spending within the administration....
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Persistent Insecurity in North Africa, Wherever You Look

The North Africa Journal | By Arezki Daoud | As warned, the ongoing, and easily predictable political evolution of North Africa and the Sahel was inevitably leading to a substantial security erosion. Chaos is dangerously settling in and it will take decades, billions of dollars, and substantial efforts to fix the multi-faceted problems the region is facing. ...
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Sonelgaz Rocked by Corruption Scandal, Reports US$ 1 Billion Loss

The North Africa Journal | The distribution of electricity and natural gas in Algeria is the domain of state-owned company Sonelgaz, which, just like sister company Sonatrach, is now at the center of a corruption probe involving alleged excessive payments for two power stations it purchased from Alstom and General Electric (GE). ...
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Ineptitude and Rampant Corruption in Government Fuel Conflicts in Mali

For decades, the reckless and often racist behavior of the government in Bamako has been fueling the conflict with the Touareg tribes of the north. Lack of economic opportunity in the Touareg land breeds massive poverty, and the Mali military has always been active in the region to repress any complaints or efforts by the locals to resist the central government. One war after another that ravaged the local populations for decades were apparently not sufficient red flags for the Malians themselves, as well as the regional leaders and the international community to seek an urgent solution to the Touareg crisis....
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The Political Angle of a Stalled Moroccan Economy

The North Africa Journal | Skeptics of the Islamist PJD party’s role and position in government and its political enemies are rejoicing to the news that a little more than a year after taking the Prime Minister’s office no progress was delivered to the Moroccan people. As we pointed out in the early stages of the PJD’s control of the Primiership, PM Abdelilah Benkirane has inherited a disastrous economy to begin with and was likely to fail, risking to erode the image and credibility of his party, in particular among the working class and the disenchanted. ...
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Podcast: Understanding the Crisis in Mali

The North Africa Journal | As predicted, it is now war in Mali and the death toll among the rebels keeps rising. However, the root causes of this crisis are complex and there is a substantial risk of a protracted conflict considering that the major issues will not be solved with a military action only. In this audiocast, Arezki Daoud shares an analysis of this conflict, in a podcast released prior to the French intervention. Click below to listen....
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Morocco’s 2015 Budget Based on 4.4% GDP Growth, Earmarks $6 Billion for Debt Servicing

The North Africa Journal: Morocco has a 2015 budget that takes into account a 4.4% GDP growth, up from a projected 4.2% this year.
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Algeria to Up Spending on Cereal Imports

North Africa is struggling with the prospect of reduced cereal harvesting.
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Algeria: Police Demonstration is Symptom of Vacant Leadership

Competition between Arab and Berber tribes for jobs and land often ends in violent confrontations in Ghardaia. Ghardaia is situated in the center of Algeria in the Sahara desert. On October 12, tribal tensions flared up again as it did so many times in the past months.
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Islamic State (IS) Preparing a North Africa-Sahel Offensive. Displacement of Al Qaeda in the Region Underway

The North Africa Journal: ISIS/ISIL (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria or simply IS) is currently building up a pretty dense presence of combatants, leaders, and sympathizers in North Africa and in the Sahel.
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Amid Ebola and ISIS Threat, Morocco Withdrawal from Hosting Africa Cup Makes Sense, Says MEA Risk

Morocco asked the African football association CAF to postpone its holding of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. Morocco’s main and only argument is that such event cannot take place amid a major Ebola crisis. But risk tracking and assessment firm MEA Risk suggests that the ISIS threat has also contributed to Morocco's decision.
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Maghreb & Sahel Top10 Deadliest Cities

Tallying the figures of terrorism and/or politically-motivated killings shows again that Libyan cities were the deadliest in August 2014. The chart below provides a visual of the cities/regions that are facing severe level of violence. The data comes from MEA Risk at http://www.mea-risk.com
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The Libyan Impasse: Two Competing Governments Preparing to Fight to the Death

When we entered September 2014, Libya felt calmer and more subdued. Very little in the form of violent confrontation got recorded within the city center proper, although the western districts remained a hotbed of a violent confrontation between various militias.
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Libya’s Woes and Rivalries: a Divided Congress, the Militias and the Federalists

The North Africa Journal | Tension remains high in Libya. Factions with opposing ideologies and strong men at their top are facing each others with devastating potential for the future of the country.
image

North Africa Oil & Gas Infrastructure Security Conference: Security Assessment

The North Africa Journal | The following presentation was made at the end of December 2013. It was addressed to the North Africa Oil & Gas Infrastructure Security Conference, presented by North Africa Journal Editor Arezki Daoud. Paying subscribers could download the full presentation and audio portion by following the link at the end of the page.
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Latest Issue Available for Download

The North Africa Journal is pleased to announce the release of its 235th issue in which Editors discuss a series of topics of economic, political and security interest related to North Africa’s Maghreb region.
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Redouane Benmehdi

A native of Sousse, Tunisia, Redouane Benmehdi is currently in Washington DC pursuing a PhD in political science. Mr. Benmehdi is a keen observer of events in North Africa.
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