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Trump talks peace

The US is trying to force a ceasefire in order to stem Russia’s growing influence as Haftar claims to be poised to take Tripoli

The attempt by eastern-based General Khalifa Haftar and his Libyan National Army to seize Tripoli is now into its ninth month but is still unaccomplished. In October, however, afte...


Seeking special status

The Von der Leyen trip to Addis is intended to signal the opening of a new chapter in EU relations with Africa

The consensus in Brussels is that Ursula von der Leyen's European Commission is likely to prioritise EU-Africa relations far more than her predecessors. On 6 December, the new Comm...


Two-track talks on the grand dam

Sisi wants Trump's help to break the impasse with Ethiopia over the Nile dam. They meet in Washington but Addis insists nothing will change

Two negotiating tracks are emerging over the potential flashpoint between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan over the effects of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the flow of the Nile....

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Two visions lock horns

The military is digging in and it will take more than weekly demos to dislodge the autocrats

The activists of El Hirak ('the movement'), who have been pitting thousands of protestors against the sclerotic ruling class every Friday for nine months, had high hopes of forcing...


Coalition of the unwilling

Saïed's first challenge as president is forming a government from a parliament split among 21 parties

Parliamentary and presidential run-off elections in October have taken Tunisia into the unknown. Public disillusionment with the post-2011 political establishment resulted in very ...


Washington’s man wades in

The military stalemate has persuaded US officials to join pressure for negotiations to reunify the country

There is a new drive in Washington's Libya policy. As the military stalemate continues, the new United States ambassador to Libya, Richard Norland, who took up the post on 14 Augus...


Out of contract

On the face of it, it is just another lucrative lobbying deal, with Israeli arms dealer turned lobbyist Ari Ben Menashe bagging another US$1 million contract to add Tunisian media ...


Into the unknown

Polar opposites face each other in the presidential run-off. All they have in common is their disdain for the political establishment

The first round of the presidential polls on 15 September was – as predicted – a slap in the face for the post-revolution political establishment. Two extremes topped the pol...


All the general’s hotels

Corruption allegations by an insider have stoked public anger, spilling onto the streets, prompting an immediate crackdown

Egyptians have been glued to a series of sensational videos which claim to detail high-level corruption by President Abdel Fattah el Sisi and the Egyptian armed forces. The controv...


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