Tunisia’s Agriculture Continues to Struggle

Malek Hamdi Middle East/North Africa, Tunisia

Although globalization is generally considered a good thing, it has proven to be a difficult challenge for Tunisia. The impact of globalization has seen Tunisia ‘suffer’ from a process of structural economic reforms and liberalization after decades of a more state-heavy socialist economic model. One of the most affected industries is agriculture which accounts for 16% of the country’s workforce. …

The War in Yemen: When will it end?

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa, Yemen

The Houthis believe that as long as they continue to hold Sanaa and international blame and condemnation for the humanitarian crisis continues to be directed at Saudi as opposed to their spectacular coup, then it is merely a matter of time before Riyadh are forced to the negotiating table on their terms.

Tunisia: A Success Story?

Malek Hamdi Middle East/North Africa, Tunisia

By Malek Hamdi – Sidi Bouzid Experts and analysts generally tend to consider Tunisia a success within the context of the Arab Spring. Perhaps when compared to Libya and Syria which continue to suffer bitter civil wars, and Egypt where some military general rules after having overthrown an elected President, Tunisia does appear to have fared far better. However, such crude …

Mohamed Bin Salman is not Washington’s choice

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa, Saudi Arabia, World Politics

Mohamed Bin Salman (also known as ‘MBS’) secured another milestone in his meteoric rise by successfully engineering his appointment as Crown Prince, removing one of the last bastions of power that stood in his quest to become King. In incredible circumstances, Saudi Arabia announced that the once powerful Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Nayef would step down in favour of his …

US versus Russia in Libya: Good versus Evil?

David Emeka Ogbogu Middle East/North Africa, World Politics

The reality of our world today is that it is essentially divided into spheres of influence; not between countries, but between America’s dispatched military assets in the form of permanent air, naval and military bases. These spheres are commonly referred to as: USSOUTHCOM; Western Hemisphere (south America and the Caribbean), USCENTCOM; Middle East, USAFRICOM; Africa, USPACOM Pacific Ocean & Asia, …

Russian Ambassador killed in Ankara: The implications

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

In an extraordinary development, the Russian ambassador to Ankara, Andrei Karlov, has  been shot dead whilst giving a speech at an art gallery. The shooter is reported to have shouted “this is for Aleppo”. The shooting comes as tensions simmer between Turkey and Russia over events in Syria, with President Erdogan having to perform a tactical ‘retreat’ earlier this year …

Editorial: How we got to Aleppo

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa, Opinion

The outpouring of emotion, the shock, the horror, the repeat of those eternal empty words of ‘never again’, has dominated my personal social media feed. In fact, I could be forgiven for assuming everyone in the world is heartbroken by what has taken place, but for the few comments here and there that suggest that, somewhere, the news of Aleppo …