Germany Should Look to Africa for Gas, Not Russia
To stop financing Moscow’s brutal wars, Berlin should help African countries develop their energy sectors.
France Still Struggles With the Shadow of the ‘War Without a Name’
The brutal Algerian War killed hundreds of thousands of people—and deeply marks French politics and society to this day.
Macron’s Algeria Report Isn’t Progress, It’s a Whitewash.
France lost the Algerian War but is still controlling the narrative about its history—while refusing to apologize or pay reparations.
Italy’s Mediterranean Belt and Road
Taking a page from Beijing, Rome is positioning itself as the center of trade, energy, and transportation in Southern Europe and beyond.
Morocco Wants Compromise, Not War, in Western Sahara
Pro-Sahrawi U.S. commentators ignore the territory’s history and the international community’s shifting stance toward the conflict.
How the Western Sahara Became the Key to North Africa
And why Morocco’s apparent victory there will change regional politics.
Election Theater Is Alive and Well in Algeria, Too
A referendum on constitutional changes fools no one but the regime itself.
Demise of the Petrostates
The oil price crash is an existential threat to petrostates from Nigeria to Iran, where governments rely on oil wealth to stabilize power and pay off competing interests.
Algeria’s Election Won’t Save Its Democracy
In the presidential vote this week, citizens looking for change will have few good options to pick from.
After 8 Months on the Streets, Protesters in Algeria Aren’t Giving Up
Citizens have been promised new elections. But they are looking for more fundamental change.
America’s Silence Helps Autocrats Triumph
Without the support of the U.S. government, pro-democracy forces around the world will wither as authoritarianism gains ground.
Europe’s Future Will Be Decided in North Africa
The United States should stop treating the region as secondary to the rest of the Middle East.
Can John Bolton Thaw Western Sahara’s Long-Frozen Conflict?
The Polisario Front has created an international diplomatic presence on a shoestring budget and sees the Trump administration as its best hope in decades to gain independence from Morocco.
How Algerians Ousted Bouteflika
On the podcast: Algeria’s Arab Spring has been peaceful so far, but its future remains uncertain.
Algeria’s Bouteflika Is on His Way Out. Here’s What’s Next.
The longtime president may depart as soon as this week, but the country’s growing protest movement has not yet united behind one leader or policy platform.
Don’t Get Your Hopes Up About Algeria
The Middle East’s latest protests seem like the Arab Spring all over again. That’s no reason for optimism.
The Fight for Freedom in Algeria Isn’t Finished
The 82-year-old Abdelaziz Bouteflika has pledged to step down, but the protesters’ victory won’t be complete without a genuine democratic transition.