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Thu, Sep 5, 2019

Is the early presidential election a political turning point for Tunisia?

The results of the next Tunisian presidential election may change the political spectrum for the subsequent legislative elections too. During the last eights years, the political paranoia has been the rule, leading public opinion to discredit politicians and political parties.

MENASource by Haykel Ben Mahfoudh

Middle East North Africa

Tue, Sep 3, 2019

Ben Mahfoudh quoted in TRTWorld: A diverse line-up of contestants gear up for Tunisia’s presidential race

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Elections North Africa

Thu, Aug 22, 2019

Tunisia could help enforce Libya’s arms embargo

In 2020, when Tunisia begins its two-year term as non-permanent member of the Security Council, the country will have the biggest opportunity to influence international affairs since becoming a democracy in 2011. In response to the appointment, Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui declared “Tunisia will be the voice of Africa and the Arab world…Trying to […]

MENASource by Keith Jones


Thu, Aug 22, 2019

How the EU can save Tunisia

The Tunisian presidential and parliamentary elections in 2014 marked the beginning of a new democratic era. In the aftermath of the first wave of the Arab Spring, Tunisia remains the only country to have successfully transitioned from an authoritarian to a democratic government.

MENASource by Iyad Yousef

North Africa

Fri, Aug 2, 2019

Hudson quoted in Middle East Eye on a Canadian lobbyist’s Libyan connection

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Conflict Libya

Fri, Jul 26, 2019

Mezran quoted in the Diplomat on China in North Africa

In the News by Atlantic Council

International Markets North Africa

Fri, Jul 26, 2019

The Christie’s Affair: The looting and sale of indigenous Egyptian artifacts

This week, Egypt has commemorated the 67th anniversary of the expulsion of King Farouk, the last conduit for British control and exploitation of Egypt, and the establishment of the Egyptian republic. The generations who witnessed and participated in the struggle against imperial Britain are no longer alive. Yet widespread aversion to that earlier period still runs deep among Egyptian citizens and officials. 

MENASource by Amal A. Kandeel and Noor Sullivan

North Africa

Fri, Jul 26, 2019

Mezran and Samet in The Diplomat: China Has Quietly Carved out a Foothold in North Africa

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China Economy & Business

Tue, Jul 23, 2019

Ben Mahfoudh quoted in AFP on Libyan plane in Tunisia

In the News by Atlantic Council

Crisis Management Libya

Thu, Jul 11, 2019

Latest Libyan shock should come as no surprise

It is now time for the international community to realize that it is not enough to repeat blindly that in Libya there is no military solution

New Atlanticist by Karim Mezran

Arms Control Conflict