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Algeria: latest analysis

Algeria: latest analysis

The dismissal and subsequent arrest of General Bouazza Ouassini — the powerful head of the Direction Général de la Sécurité Intérieure (DGSI) — was not unexpected, as Algeria Focus has explained in considerable depth over the past three months. Nevertheless, it has...

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New economic power centres in Nigeria

New economic power centres in Nigeria

The numerous economy advisers and ministers in Abuja are working under a new order now that President Muhammadu Buhari’s gatekeeper, Chief of Staff Abba Kyari, has died of COVID-19. Kyari’s influence unofficially yet effectively extended to the economy and matters...

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IRGC looks for legitimacy

IRGC looks for legitimacy

Following the shooting down of a Ukrainian aircraft in early January, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) faced a legitimacy crisis in the eyes of the Iranian public. Though the mainstream assumption is that the Iranian military in general does not care about...

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Sahara: latest analysis

Sahara: latest analysis

The 23 March attack by Boko Haram’s Bakura Doron group on the Chadian army garrison on the Bohoma peninsula and the army’s large and very successful retaliation has shifted the focus of attention on the Sahel’s jihadism from the three borders region — between Mali,...

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Libya: latest analysis

Libya: latest analysis

The deteriorating relationship between Prime Minister Fayez Serraj and Central Bank of Libya (CBL) governor Sadiq El-Kabir will aggravate existing tensions within the Tripoli camp. Serraj’s efforts to pressurise el-Kabir will only serve to bring further accusations...

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