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Vol 58 No 1

Published 6th January 2017

Cold and hot wars

Algeria and Morocco will glare at each other over their border, Libya will remain locked in violence, and Tunisia will lick its wounds

Despite efforts to persuade Algeria and Morocco to reopen their land border, closed since 1994, the two regional rivals continue to rattle sabres and build up their military strength. Last year, King Mohammed VI 'M6' launched an energetic campaign to extend Moroccan political and economic links far beyond the kingdom's traditional francophone allies. In response, Algeria has moved to revive its Africa policy – to create opportunities for domestic business magnates and consolidate diplomatic ties. Amid mud-slinging by both sides, North Africa's Cold War will be fought out in the African Union (AU) and other international forums.

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