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Malik Ibrahim

At Chatham House, Reading Tea Leaves for the Next Arab Spring

Bahrain Arab Spring, cc Lewa'a Alnasr, modified, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab_Spring#/media/File:Hundreds_of_thousands_of_Bahrainis_taking_part_in_march_of_loyalty_to_martyrs.jpg

Without real change, the Arab Spring is destined to repeat itself.

Djibouti’s Attempts to Vanquish Dubai Ports Operator Spells Trouble for Washington

180327-N-TK936-6957 PORT OF DJIBOUTI, Djibouti (March 27, 2018) Members of Task Group (TG) 68.6 sets a security screening zone on the Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Lenthall (T-AO 189) while operating in the Horn of Africa, March 27, 2018. TG 68.6 is forward-deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations and conducts joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Eu-rope and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Master at Arms 2nd Class Theresa Mullis/Released), cc Flickr modified, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet

If Doraleh port goes the way of Hambantota in Sri Lanka and is ceded to China for non-payment of debt, the United States sprawling Camp Lemonnier could be rendered militarily unviable.

Bin Salman’s Feud with Canada Puts an End to the Prince’s Reformist Image

MBS2, cc Flickr U.S. Department of State, modified, http://www.usa.gov/copyright.shtml

The biggest casualty of the Canada-Saudi Arabia rift is Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s reputation as a reformer.

Is Libya the Unlikely Solution to the Franco-Italian Migration Spat?

An Irish boat rescues migrants off the coast of Tripoli; cc Flickr Irish Defence Forces, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Stabilizing Libya to stem the flow of migrants to European shores may be the one thing that Rome and Paris can actually agree on.

Has Madagascar Managed to Avert a Crisis?

cc Flickr Chatham House, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Madagascar has cobbled together a national unity government, but will it be enough to stabilize the political process and a delicate economic recovery?

America’s Chinese Headache in the Horn of Africa

cc Flickr U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. Fifth Fleet, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

US economic and political influence is waning in the Horn of Africa, and that’s bad news for civil society there.

DRC: Cutting off Kabila’s Cobalt Fix

cc Flickr MONUSCO Photos, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Joseph Kabila has promised new elections, but recent moves regarding the DRC’s mining code suggest he may have other plans.

Macron’s Africa Conundrum

Macrograf, cc Flickr thierry ehrmann, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

To reverse his early missteps on Africa, French President Emmanuel Macron should focus on development challenges. Remittance fees would be a good place to start.

Somaliland’s Fading Chance for Recognition

Somaliland, cc Flickr Chatham House, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Recent polls in Somaliland will go down as a lost chance for greater international recognition.

America’s Self-Defeating Sahel Strategy

AFRICOM, public domain, modified, https://www.africom.mil/media-room/photo/28852/accord-exercises

Washington must look at the bigger picture if it wants to contain terrorism in the Sahel region.

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