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Dubaiba's honeymoon

The new unity government is being courted internationally, but it’s threatened by rivalry between myriad armed factions

Libya's new Government of National Unity (GNU), sworn into office on 15 March, is now widely accepted, despite accusations of vote-buying at the UN-organised Libyan Political Dialo...


Biden's balancing act

The US is threatening sanctions against spoilers, and is ready for military action against Islamists

The political map in Libya has dramatically changed in the past few weeks. For the first time in over six years, the country has a single administration – the government of nationa...


Frosty formality

The US administration is pressuring Egypt over human rights, but maintains its arms sales

President Joe Biden has been in no rush to engage with the Egyptian authorities nor with other Middle Eastern leaders who had gained Donald Trump's favour. This is partly because t...


Mutual distrust

Algeria is unlikely to help in counter-terror efforts, and Russia is ahead in Covid diplomacy

Returning in February from another bout of Covid treatment in Germany, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has sought to gain momentum before opposition El Hirak (The Movement) and fact...


Marred meeting of minds

Relations warmed by green policies and economic management are undermined by Rabat's jailing of dissidents

Fresh from being elevated to the Legion of Merit by Donald Trump for his 'Abraham Accords' policy of normalisation with Israel, King Mohammed VI has reason to be concerned by a Dem...


Fortune favours new regime

War fatigue and unexpected compromise have combined to give the leaders of the new transitional government a flying start

Ten years from the start of the revolution that overthrew the Moammar el Gadaffi regime and six-and-a-half years after Libya split in two and civil war began, a unitary transitiona...


Fireworks on the streets

Frustration with dismal economic prospects and political infighting broke out on the tenth anniversary of the revolution

There were plenty of fireworks on 14 January, the tenth anniversary of the 2011 revolution. Not, however, in celebration of the event. In suburbs of the capital and towns across th...


Jagged path to elections

Libya now has a shortlist of 21 candidates for the post of prime minister and 24 for the three vacancies on the Presidency Council (one president and two vice-presidents), the UN a...


The King's quiet gong

Not all Moroccans were delighted when one of Donald Trump's very last actions as United States president was to award a rare Legion of Merit, Degree Chief Commander, to King Mohamm...


Building the house of Sisi

Cairo is pressing ahead with an extravagant new capital city as it adjusts to the region’s changing geopolitics

Egypt's government will talk up its economy in 2021, trumpeting the opening of a vast museum in Giza housing Tutankhamun's skeleton and death mask, and the transfer of government t...


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