Barriers Versus Smugglers: Algeria and Morocco’s Battle for Border Security

Terrorism, weapons smuggling, drug and human trafficking, and migration flows are driving many North African countries to bolster their border defenses. Current tactics include building miles of trenches, barriers, and fences, as well as employing sophisticated drones and surveillance technology. But will they be effective and at what cost? A close study to answer this […]

Algeria’s presidential elections of April 18, 2019

These presidential election will, in the face of internal challenges have to confront the numerous geo-strategic issues as elaborated on below in sixteen points. Indeed, but before we go into that, and because the present electoral law allows any Algerian with any record to run as a candidate, how can we not see that there […]

Typically easy-going business atmosphere of Tunisia not enough?

In Tunisia, exports of agri-food products earned nearly 4.9 billion Dinars, equivalent to $1.6 billion in 2018, according to data from the country’s Ministry of Agriculture. Would this performance be possible without or would the typically easy-going business atmosphere of Tunisia be not enough?  The specificity of olive oil production as well as of all […]

The army that turned into a political party

In Algeria today, while a succession of cold air waves is planned from Sunday on the north of the country, the current president called the Electoral Corps for the next presidential elections due on April 18, 2019. Certain members of the opposition stated that as off the country’s independence, it was always the armed forces […]

Summit of both sides of the western Mediterranean in Marseille

Civil Society Summit of both shores peoples of the western Mediterranean in Marseille in June 2019 Civil Society Summit of both sides of the western Mediterranean in Marseille in June 2019 through an exclusive interview of Professor and international expert, Dr Abderrahmane MEBTOUL. Why a 5 + 5 meeting? We must recognise the mixed results […]

Global trade war impacting the MENA region

Michael Fahy, Business journalist in the UAE and editor of zawya.com with his motto of “My views are both infrequent and my own”, wrote about the global trade war impacting the MENA region. MENA region will not escape impact of global trade war, says economist Arab Bank’s Radwan Shaban said oil exporting nations provide 80 […]

Recent economic results in Morocco

The most recent economic results in Morocco show a deceleration from last year. The north African country grew by 2.4% in the second quarter of 2018, down from 4.5% in the same period last year, according to the High Commission for Planning. The agriculture sector has been cited as the main reason for the decline; […]