Sorina Toltica‘s new blog post for the Defence Research Network discusses the challenges of countering today’s insurgencies in Mali, Sahel and other regions of the African continent. It argues that complex conflicts require more than just strong borders, and careful consideration needs to be given in the future to the way that both military and development solutions contribute to both short- and long-term local dynamics. Read the blog post on the Defence Research Network’s website. You can subscribe to their monthly newsletter here. This month’s newsletter on counterinsurgency can be accessed here. The Defence Research Network is an interdisciplinary network of Masters, PhD and Early Career Researchers focused on defence, security and military topics in relation to policy, strategy, history, culture and society.
Morroco The Moroccan government is playing on Europe’s migration fears to garner support for its claims over Western Sahara. Read more on orientxxi.info Algeria In Algeria, protests continue despite Covid restrictions in order to mark the anniversary of the Hirak. Read more on aljazeera.com President Tebboune dissolved the Algerian Parliament on 18 February and called for early partliamentary elections. Read more on lemonde.fr These new measures only galvanised popular mobilisation. Read more on elwatan.com Tunisia Protests also continued in Tunisia. Read more on meshkal.org, on hrw.org and on globalvoices.org Ennahda leader Rached Ghannouchi discusses the legacy of the 2011 revolution and the role of his party. Read more on middleeasteye.net