For the May issue of Militant Leadership Monitor of the Jamestown Foundation, I wrote an analytical biography of Aguila Saleh Issa al-Obeidi. Clearly, Saleh is not a classical "militant leader." Still, he is one of the most interesting political profiles in the current Libyan landscape, a crucial actor - and a representative of a crucial … Continue reading Beyond Haftar: who is Aguila Saleh Issa?
Last week I wrote an article with the colleague from the Atlantic Council Karim Mezran on the MENASource Blog analysing how the international community should act as the military reality of the conflict in Libya is shifting. Our conclusion was that: Haftar’s losses in western Libya highlight contradictions that have been hidden for months, if … Continue reading The crumbling Haftar illusion: Last call for the international community?
While waiting for a few articles to come out in the coming weeks (a couple on Libya, something on (in)security in North Africa, and one on Italy as well), I have recently focused my attention on two major streams of research: the future of the Mediterranean and the connections between economy, terrorism and sub-state groups … Continue reading The Future of the Mediterranean
As everyone working in the Academia knows, trying to write during the teaching semester is always somewhat challenging. Indeed, I have not managed to write as much as hoped during the past few months. However, I have still managed to finish - and publish - a few works. My most recent article deals with "the … Continue reading The Italian exception and the evolution of Jihadism in the Mediterranean
I have recently published two analyses on Algeria for the Jamestown Foundation. The first one, published in early December, dealt with the Libyan problems and how Algiers is trying to exert "Influence Without Interference", sticking to its traditional foreign policy doctrine of non-intervention in the internal affairs of other States. The second one was published last … Continue reading The internal and external Algerian thorns