Resolving Libya’s Civil War

Tuareg men (Michal Huniewicz via Flickr)

by Giorgio Cafiero The world’s most complicated ongoing civil war erupted in Libya in mid-2014. Forces aligned with the internationally recognized albeit extremely weak government in Tripoli—the Government of National Accord (GNA)—are fighting those loyal to the secular-leaning House of… Continue Reading  

Understanding the Algerian Protests

Protest in Algeris in March 2019 (DariaTaneren via Shutterstock)

by Theodore Karasik and Giorgio Cafiero Public protests in Algeria are rare. Yet since February 22, demonstrations across Algiers, Annaba, Blida, Constantine, and Oran have revealed sources of instability unique to Algeria. The protestors, who come from diverse backgrounds, are… Continue Reading  

China and Saudi Arabia: The Xinjiang Factor

Xi Jinping and Mohammed bin Salman

by Giorgio Cafiero As the Jamal Khashoggi affair and the ongoing war in Yemen continually increase the amount of criticism that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) receives in Western countries, he embarked this month on a three-leg… Continue Reading  

Turkey Backs Maduro Against Coup Threat

Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Nicolas Maduro

by Giorgio Cafiero The violent unrest in Venezuela, which has pitted supporters of Nicolás Maduro’s government against the opposition, polarizes states in Latin America and beyond. Along with Canada and Israel, Washington’s Latin American allies—Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica,… Continue Reading  

Will a Revolution Oust Sudan’s Defiant President?

Omar al-Bashir

by Giorgio Cafiero Widespread rage over rising fuel and bread prices, inflation, and cash shortages triggered Sudan’s daily protests. These demonstrations began on December 19 in the River Nile city of Atbara, located in central Sudan. They quickly spread to… Continue Reading