Publications

A new “Pivot to the Maghreb” or “more of the same”?

The transformative shift of the Gulf engagement in North Africa

The study aims to shed light on the different interactions between internal and external factors to look at the strategic alignment of the GCC member states' policy specifically in the Maghreb from various perspectives and dimensions: maintaining political partnerships, military engagement, geostrategic interests, and economic diversification. The author strives to present the recent relevant developments and topic-related trends and provides forward-looking policy recommendations.

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When the Margins Rise: The Case of Ouargla and Tataouine

The study "When the Margins Rise: The Case of Ouargla and Tataouine" outlines the characteristics of two borderland towns, in both Algeria and Tunisia, where spatial disparities between coastal towns and borderlands reach pathological proportions. Dalia Ghanem and Eya Jrad explain how in Ouargla and Tataouine, which are situated in the borders, suffer from a profound socio-economic marginalization by comparison to the northern and coastal regions.

Japan-MENA Relations: Understanding Japan's Strategic Priorities in the Region

Mediterranean Dialogue Series no. 37

Christopher Lamont sheds light on Japan's ties with the MENA region and its strategic priorities. He analyses Japan's engagements in the context of a more assertive China and growing uncertainty over the future US role in the region.

Inside Libya

Monthly Reports on inner-Libyan Developments

The Regional Program Political Dialogue South Mediterranean (PolDiMed) of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) in cooperation with LIBYA DESK™ is delighted to present our monthly report on Libya. This format examines the most important political, economic and social developments of the previous month, which are of central importance for understanding the situation in Libya. The report is based on reliable Libyan sources and provides first a summary and then a contextualization of developments in the wider Libyan context.

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Berliner Libyen-Konferenz 2.0

Absichtserklärungen ohne Auswirkungen?

Am 23. Juni trafen auf Einladung der Bundesregierung und in Abstimmung mit den Vereinten Nationen Vertreter aus 16 Ländern und internationalen Organisationen zur Zweiten Berliner Libyen-Konferenz zusammen. Neben einer Bestandsaufnahme der erfolgten Schritte seit der ersten Libyen-Konferenz im Januar 2020 wurde in der Abschlusserklärung vor allem auf die Einhaltung freier Wahlen am 24. Dezember 2021 und den Abzug aller ausländischer Kämpfer und Söldner gepocht. Erstmals waren mit Interimsministerpräsident Dabeiba und Außenministerin Mangoush auch libysche Regierungsvertreter Teil der Konferenz. Obschon der Berliner Prozess wesentliche Fortschritte in Libyen ermöglichte, bleibt die Stabilität Libyens nach wie vor fragil.

Escaping the Blackbox – oder auch nicht?

Algerien nach den ersten Parlamentswahlen nach Bouteflika

Während die meisten Staaten Nordafrikas spätestens seit den Umbrüchen des sogenannten Arabischen Frühlings die Aufmerksamkeit Europas erhielten, ist das größte Land der Region weitgehend unbeobachtet geblieben. Doch auch in Algerien ist das politische Spielfeld in den letzten Jahren gehörig durcheinandergewirbelt worden. Nun wurde das algerische Parlament am 12. Juni – ein Jahr früher als geplant – neu gewählt. Was sind Trends und auf welche Szenarien sollten sich Europa und Deutschland einstellen?

Spotlight on Sudan: Sudan's Foreign Policy Priorities

June 2021

In the newest edition of Spotlight on Sudan, Samuel Ramani, sheds light on Sudan’s relationships with regional and international actors and presents key foreign policy priorities since 2019.

Migration in North Africa

An Uncomfortable Position Between Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe?

The study "Migration in North Africa" outlines central domestic developments and discussions on the topic of migration in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya. Renowned experts from the region shed light on the historical relevance, interconnectedness and future prospects of migration trends for the countries themselves and the region as a whole.

Inside Libya

Monthly Reports on inner-Libyan Developments

The Regional Program Political Dialogue South Mediterranean (PolDiMed) of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) in cooperation with LIBYA DESK™ is delighted to present our monthly report on Libya. This format examines the most important political, economic and social developments of the previous month, which are of central importance for understanding the situation in Libya. The report is based on reliable Libyan sources and provides first a summary and then a contextualization of developments in the wider Libyan context.

Libya's Constitutional Quagmire

While significant milestones have recently been reached in the Libyan political dialogue held under the United Nations’ auspices since November 2020, including the establishment of a new government of national unity, the holding of general elections set for December 2021 has now become the main focus of attention and a top priority of both the Libyan stakeholders and their international partners. However, persistent disagreement on the constitutional basis needed to hold these elections, and in particular on whether to rely on the draft constitution issued by Libya’s constituent assembly in 2017 or on an alternative document, may undermine the progress achieved so far and hamper the completion of the agreed roadmap. This paper will attempt to review the main obstacles that have prevented the adoption of a permanent constitution in Libya to date, and assess whether the various constitutional options currently under discussion could provide a relevant basis for Libya’s next elections.