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Navigating through the fog of cold war

Only one national cause defines policy in Algiers and Rabat – and it isn't Ukraine

For Algeria and its ally, the Polisario Front, as for their bitter rival Morocco, a 'national cause' remains their main preoccupation. For Algeria it is independence of the Saharan...


United by dissolution

Dozens of parliamentarians have been hauled in for questioning since last week's online parliamentary session that voted to rescind President Kaïs Saïed's rule by decree....


Back to the IMF…again

Egypt is looking for a bailout for the third time since 2016, as the Ukraine war hits the economy and foreign portfolio investors head for the exit

The unfolding economic damage from Russia's war on Ukraine has again exposed Egypt's vulnerability to rising food and oil prices and the fickle money markets. On 23 March, the Inte...


Dubaiba and Bashagha preside over a new east-west partition

As bread prices rocket, the country has two rival governments again – one courting the west and one linked to Russia

A new Government of National Stability (GNS) headed by Fathi Bashagha and close to Moscow is little more than a mirage. Bashagha was apppinted by the Tobruk-based parliament, the H...


Unmanned by drones

The vulnerability of expensive armour and military aircraft to Turkey's Bayraktar drones and cheap anti-tank missiles in the Ukraine conflict is causing a drastic rethink in the Al...


A bigger piece of the potash

Russia's 40% market share in global production and export of potash fertiliser is threatened after the west imposed sanctions on Moscow and Belarus. Sanctions by the United States ...


Living in limboland

The military-backed clean-up and stronger export earnings are unlikely to help the economy. Reform is promised but structural change is unlikely

President Abdelmajid Tebboune's government breathed a typically Algerian sigh of relief as more stable oil prices and the higher gas prices have infused the cash-strapped treasury ...


Reasons to be fearful

Diplomatic spats with erstwhile European allies and rumblings in Western Sahara are unsettling the Makhzen

As they survey the country from the Makhzen (ruling establishment), King Mohammed VI (M6) and his advisors view the new year with some foreboding. The reasons aren't obvious.


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