Libya in Transition

On August 12, 2019, Posted by , In Africa, By ,,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Libya in Transition

By Riley Madrian Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar began his military career by taking part in the 1969 coup that overthrew King Idris and established Muammar Qaddafi as the head of the Libyan state. Shortly thereafter, Haftar became Qaddafi’s chief of staff of the armed forces and was given control over…

Why Sudan Needs an Agreement Before Regional Powers Settle In

On July 14, 2019, Posted by , In Africa, By ,,,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Why Sudan Needs an Agreement Before Regional Powers Settle In

By Riley Madrian The constant tumult in Sudan is keeping the international community on its toes. After months of protesting and violence, the military overthrew President Omar al-Bashir in April of this year and established a transitional military council. The TMC declared there would be a two-year transitional period after…

Recent Developments in Sudan

On June 22, 2019, Posted by , In Africa, By , , With Comments Off on Recent Developments in Sudan

By Riley Madrian Since December, the streets of Sudan have been filled with tens of thousands of peaceful protestors (Abdulbari). These demonstrations began over cuts to bread and fuel subsidies, but quickly turned to calls for the overthrow of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, whose 30-year rule has been marked by…

North African Militancy – by Michael Godfrey

On April 12, 2013, Posted by , In Africa,Middle East, By ,,,,,,,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on North African Militancy – by Michael Godfrey

North Africa will be an area of primary concern for U.S. national security over the next twelve months. Since late 2010, this region has experienced sweeping protest movements, collectively referred to as the Arab Spring, that have caused widespread instability and severe shocks to the dynamics of the region. These shocks include the deposing of dictatorial regimes in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. Most important to U.S. national security are stability issues caused by the ouster of Libyan president Muammar Qaddafi in August 2011. The legacy of this revolution has been chaos in Libya, massive weapon proliferation, and a power vacuum in the region that has allowed al-Qaeda and its affiliates to have greater freedom of movement in Libya and neighboring areas such as Mali. Although U.S. security interests in North Africa also include Egypt, Nigeria, Somalia and Sudan, policy makers should make issues in Libya and Mali their primary focus.

Water Scarcity and Political Instability

On March 28, 2012, Posted by , In Africa,Middle East, By ,, , With Comments Off on Water Scarcity and Political Instability

An intelligence report released last week discussed a security threat that presents a frightening picture of the world, one in which clean, usable water is increasingly scarce.  Water scarcity is in large part a result of increasing demand due to world population growth.  U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton said…