Maghreb-Ukraine (2). Tunisia With its Hands Tied, Public Opinion Favourable to Russia
· 24 May
The Maghreb countries want to avoid taking sides in the Ukraine war. In our first article, we looked at the Algerian and Moroccan positions. Here we will analyse Tunisia’s policy and the state of public opinion in the region where anti-Western feelings benefit Russia.
Among the three countries (...)
Maghreb-Ukraine (1). Algeria and Morocco Refuse to Choose
· 19 May
Faced with the war in Ukraine, the Maghreb countries have no intention of siding with one or the other of the warring parties. This choice of neutrality can be explained by many geopolitical factors but also by Russia’s military clout and increasing economic influence in the region.
In this (...)
Algeria: a Thriving Black Market in Currencies
· March 2018
In Algeria, almost everyone prefers the parallel circuit to the banking system to exchange dinars with other currencies. And the gap between the official exchange rate and that of the black market is likely to widen if rumours of impending devaluation are confirmed.
At first glance, this (...)
- Houari Boumediene’s Algeria to the Rescue of Nasser’s Egypt Akram Belkaid · September 2017 Algeria’s participation in the 1967 war on Egypt’s side came just in time to restore Houari Boumediene’s image in a period when he was bitterly contested. The regime was to take advantage of the situation to make it harder to leave the country and to strengthen its military capacities. And yet the (...)
- Sahara: Tunisia faced with the Algerian-Moroccan rivalry Akram Belkaid · March 2017 For fear of a quarrel with its Algerian neighbour or a clash with Rabat, Tunisia maintains a “positive neutrality” in the Western Sahara question which has pitted Algeria against Morocco since the mid-seventies and constitutes one of the chief stumbling blocks in the process of regional (...)
How the Environment Became a Communications Instrument in the Gulf
· November 2016
The discourse on preserving the environment and saving energy has been assimilated by leaders of the Gulf, in a region on the frontline of climate change. However, as in many cases, beyond communication efforts the reality is much less ecological.
The scene takes place in September 2015 in (...)