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US Elections 2020: What are the Implications for the MENA Region?

Mediterranean Dialogue Series no. 32

Ambassador Hatem Atallah discusses the potential implications of the US Presidential Elections for the Middle East and North Africa region, with a particular focus on the Maghreb region. The author first presents the US policies towards the region with the previous Trump administration and then delves into the expected priorities of President-elect Joseph Biden for the wider Mediterranean region.

Europe-Mediterranean-Africa Commercial Connectivity: Geopolitical Opportunities and Challenges

Mediterranean Dialogue Series no. 31

In this publication, Michaël Tanchum examines the three trans-Mediterranean corridors that are emerging between Europe and Africa through the Mediterranean region. The author also presents recommendations for the further path to creating successful and mutually beneficial commercial relations between Europe and Africa.

Regional Integration for the Arab Maghreb Union: Looking Beyond the Horizon

Mediterranean Dialogue Series no. 30

Author Asmita Parshotam examines regional integration in North Africa using the example of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) and explores what the AMU can learn from other regional economic communities on the African continent.

What awaits the MENA Region between now and 2025?

Mediterranean Dialogue Series no. 29

Youssef Cherif outlines the eight most crucial trends and issues that the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is likely to face in the coming years.

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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Economic Challenges in the Southern Mediterranean

Following the Coronavirus pandemic and the health measures to respond to it - including the total containment of the population - the Southern Mediterranean has entered a zone of extremely delicate economic turbulence. Indeed, with central banks with little cash and extremely low social security coverage, the Southern Mediterranean does not have the structural capacity to withstand an economic shock of this magnitude without showing signs of weakness. Unsurprisingly, the major financial institutions are predicting poor figures for the very weak growth the region will experience in the coming period.

Libya’s Political Culture Wars

Libya Brief no. 9

The announcement of UN-brokered permanent ceasefire in Geneva and political talks in Tunisia has given renewed optimism that Libya’s elusive peace attempts are yet again within close grasp. Despite several high-profile international attempts in Moscow and Berlin (January, 2020) to broker a ceasefire and restart the political process, the battle in Libya not only resumed, but intensified, culminating in all-out war before reaching a stalemate in June, 2020. The conflict was sparked on April 4th, 2019, when self-styled leader of the Libyan Arab Armed Forces (LAAF) Khalifa Haftar launched an attack on Tripoli to overthrow the internationally recognised UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA). The role of regional and international powers in support of both factions during the war has further entrenched positions, and added to the intractability of the conflict.

Spotlight on Sudan: Sudan’s International Relations in Regime Change

October 2020

At the crossroads between Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, Sudan is keeping pace with the political developments of the entire region. Yet, little studied, the country is not very visible to research institutions and think tanks due to difficult access to information. Faced with this, the Regional Program Political Dialogue South Mediterranean of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung decided to open its geographical scope to Sudan and develop more knowledge about this country through this serial publication entitled "Spotlight on Sudan".

Inside Libya

Monthly Report - September

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 new 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.

The EU Mobility Partnerships with the South

For two decades, the European Union (EU) has sought to conclude readmission agreements with its southern neighbours. The year 2011, marked by unprecedented political upheavals in the region, has given a second impetus to the negotiations with a new offer from the EU to its partners. This new proposal is called "Partnerships for Mobility". In spite of the significant institutional and human resources involved, the negotiations do not seem to lead to the much-awaited results.