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South Sudan in Crisis

South Sudan in Crisis

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South Sudan earned its independence just over two years ago. Yesterday, really. By the standards of international policy most countries had not even begun to think about South Sudan as anything other than a regional roadblock, never mind as its own entity. Hell, I don’t even have a coherent …

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Where the ‘Ikhwan’ goes, so shall Egypt

Where the ‘Ikhwan’ goes, so shall Egypt


There are many—both in the East and the West—who have been confidently betting on the overt plan to marginalize, and, in due course, eradicate the Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan) as a sociopolitical movement. In light of the on-going vicious Ikhwanophobia and emboldened …

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Where’s a leader when you need one? In Morocco.

Where’s a leader when you need one? In Morocco.


Check out this very insightful piece from Ahmed Charai on Huffington Post, “A Regal Response to an Undue Provocation.”
Ahmed makes …

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Egypt’s Revolution has the potential to surpass Syrian violence

Egypt’s Revolution has the potential to surpass Syrian violence

To coup or not to coup? Who cares? Whatever label it is being given, coup or revolution, what the Egyptian military accomplished less than one week ago is removing …

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Egypt after the Coup

Egypt after the Coup

Recent events in Egypt have been tumultuous, to say the least. The country’s first elected president in history was deposed by the military three days after his first anniversary in office. The International Crisis …

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Lights, Camera, Distraction – Polisario U.N. Theatrics Prolong Humanitarian Drama

Lights, Camera, Distraction – Polisario U.N. Theatrics Prolong Humanitarian Drama

The U.N. Security Council is currently debating a draft resolution on whether or not to extend the peacekeeping mission in the Western Sahara (MINURSO) ahead of the April 30, 2013 deadline. For more than 20 years, the U.N. Security Council has …

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Security in the Sahel: U.S. Partnerships Can Resolve Crisis

Security in the Sahel: U.S. Partnerships Can Resolve Crisis

 
As the Atlantic Community examines “What can the US do to promote security in the Sahel?” the discussion must focus on the importance of U.S. partnerships in the region. Too often, meaningful and successful U.S. intervention to address conflicts and threats …

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Tunisia: Historic Crossroads at a Critical Juncture

Tunisia: Historic Crossroads at a Critical Juncture

“There have been gains in Tunisia. Through disagreements, controversies and blunders, the new phase, once the government is fully endorsed and up and running, will usher a new realism – a wake-up call […]” – Dr Larbi Sadiki regional expert and author …

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Will the Turmoil in Egypt lead to Civil War?

Will the Turmoil in Egypt lead to Civil War?

On February 11, 2011, approximately two years ago, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down as the supreme leader of Egypt after a reign that lasted 30 years. His rise to the pinnacle of the country’s power structure came following the 1981 …

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Shades of Grey in U.S. Policy towards North Africa

Shades of Grey in U.S. Policy towards North Africa


“The United States is struggling to confront an uptick in threats from the world’s newest jihadist hot spot with limited intelligence and few partners to help as the Obama administration weighs how to keep Islamic extremists in North Africa from jeopardizing national security without …

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Same month, same airport, same Benghazi? A prince returns

Same month, same airport, same Benghazi? A prince returns

 

Going home. The resonance of that phrase is universal. The happy homecoming. The poignant or sad one. The unsure one. The second chance one.
For His Royal Highness Prince Mahdi Al-Senussi that ultimate appellation of his “going home” remains to be determined. Forty-two years to …

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Qaddafi’s Female Bodyguards (2012)

Qaddafi’s Female Bodyguards (2012)

This short (59 min.) film was shot in 2003, well before the revolution that resulted in Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi’s ouster and death in 2011.
While an interesting topic, it will most likely be relegated to a small footnote in Libya’s history.
From the time he took power in 1969, Colonel Qaddafi …

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The Limit of Clooney’s Satellite Spy Project in Sudan

The Limit of Clooney’s Satellite Spy Project in Sudan

The current fighting between North Sudan and South Sudan in the disputed border oil town of Heglig provides a litmus test on the success of actor George Clooney’s, goal of “deterring a return to full-scale civil war” between the two sides. Clooney has even recently met with President Obama to …

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Revolution in Cairo/The Brothers (2011)

Revolution in Cairo/The Brothers (2011)

These two short pieces are Frontline mini-documentaries about the situation in Cairo during the Arab Spring, where youth movements used social media to coordinate demonstrations against the government of then-President Hosni Mubarak. The April 6 Youth Movement started in 2008 when it fought for textile workers who were on strike. …

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Constitutional Reforms in Morocco: Outlook for Youth Rights

Constitutional Reforms in Morocco: Outlook for Youth Rights

The following is a guest post by Leila Hanafi.
The profound unrest the world witnessed throughout the Middle East and North Africa over the past year has prompted some Arab governments to introduce a series of dynamic and responsive measures via reforms. At the very heart of the unrest, echoed from …

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