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Major Algerian cabinet reshuffle is anticipated

Major Algerian cabinet reshuffle is anticipated

Multiple sources are saying that Algeria’s El-Mouradia presidential palace is working on a major cabinet reshuffle, which they say should be carried out in the next week or two. There has, however, been talk of imminent reshuffles since last November without anything...

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Algeria is at an important crossroads

Algeria is at an important crossroads

The implications for Algeria of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are potentially profound. Washington is pressing the regime to decide between Moscow or the West. If it chooses Moscow, dire political and economic consequences are likely. If it chooses the West it is...

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Iran-Saudi talks resume

Iran-Saudi talks resume

The Saudi–Iran security dialogue that had been paused over the past seven months resumed in Iraq as of 21 April. This is the fifth round of security talks designed to de-escalate tensions between the two regional powers.  In the last meeting, in September 2021,...

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US vote of confidence in Nigeria’s future 

US vote of confidence in Nigeria’s future 

The US has announced it will spend US$537 million to build a new consulate in Nigeria’s commercial capital of Lagos in what many see Washington’s vote of confidence in the future of Africa’s most populous country despite the growing turmoil. ‘When completed, it will...

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Algeria: punishing Spain and rewarding Italy

Algeria: punishing Spain and rewarding Italy

Algeria is in the midst of complex and potentially risky negotiations and deals over its sale of gas to European countries.  Algeria — angered by Spain’s support for Morocco over the disputed Western Sahara (Morocco Focus, March 2022) — is therefore trying to...

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Libya’s vote to suspend Russia from UNHCR stands out

Libya’s vote to suspend Russia from UNHCR stands out

Libya joined 92 other countries at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in voting to suspend Russia from the UN Human Rights Council (UNHCR) as punishment for its aggression — including actions that have been widely described in the international community as ‘war crimes’ —...

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