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Algeria has not been in such dire straits since it declared independence from France in 1962. The challenges the country faces today make its “bloody decade” during the 1990s, when conflict with the Armed Islamic Group (AIG) killed tens of thousands, seem like a time of stability and prosperity. It is not terrorism that is causing trouble for Algiers this time – at...
Egypt, which has yet to quell Islamic terror in northern Sinai, is now facing a similar threat from Libya – a country that has not had a functioning central government since 2011, when NATO air strikes helped bring about the fall of Muammar Qaddafi. No thought was given to how to set up a new, democratic regime to replace...
Ambassador Zvi Mazel
Russia’s handling of recent security challenges demonstrates its military capabilities are in no state to cope with invasion and sustained warfare, despite the Kremlin’s huge spending on upgrading its forces. This reflects poorly on the outcome of the military reform designed to create modern ‘permanent readiness’ units. Russia may be a force to be reckoned with ag...
Professor Stefan Hedlund
The role of Egypt, the most populous Arab country, in Middle East politics has shifted from regional leader to follower under the influence of Saudi Arabia. This change in regional dynamics becomes even more geopolitically challenging as relations between the Saudis and the United States hit a new low over America’s stance on talking with Iran – the Saudis greatest...
Anonymous GIS Expert
Russian security analysts are starting to acknowledge that the country needs to look to the East, particularly China, rather than the West for any threat to its security. The third in the series on Russia rearmament looks at how a perceived threat of invasion from the East is affecting Russia’s rearmament plans, and the growing tension in Beijing and Moscow as both...