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seems Western powers have again been caught off guard by Russia’s moves in the
Middle East. This time, Moscow is stepping up cooperation with Libya, an old
ally. Closer ties with the Tobruk government could give it a pretext to
strengthen its presence there, and even potentially to establish military bases
as in Syria. That would open a new can of worms for Europe and NATO.
Ambassador Zvi Mazel
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...
Energy is a potent currency in geopolitical relations. For an example, look no further than Europe, where France and Russia have been engaged in an unspoken struggle for primacy in the nuclear power industry. At first France took the lead, as Areva looked like a global champion that could potentially free Europe from its dependence on carbon-emitting fuels – espec...
Dr. Emmanuel Martin