China’s expansion into the Maghreb and the rest of Africa: friend or fiend?

*** Note from the editor: this is a syndicated article originally posted by Benjamin Hibbert for The Best of Africa *** China’s involvement in Africa stretches back many centuries, yet it was not until after the formation of the People’s Republic, and the era of decolonisation in...

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Could the GCC replace the EU as a British trade partner?

With the clock ticking towards Brexit, the UK government is under pressure to spell out its vision for future trade deals. While the UK cannot officially sign any trade agreements as an EU member state, it can engage in preparatory talks and preliminary agreements....

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Mohammed Naguib military base: the biggest military base in Africa

*** Note from the editor: this is a syndicated article originally posted by Kyle Scott Pirie for The Best of Africa *** President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi launched Mohammed Naguib military base with a grand ceremony on 22 July 2017. This inauguration came a week...

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How Morocco’s “plastic bag rule” has renewed Arab sustainability efforts

As Marrakech hosted the international climate summit, COP22, in November 2016, it felt like something of a watershed moment. World attention focused, at least briefly, on how Morocco was becoming a world leader in green, renewable energy. Unlike its Arab neighbours to the east,...

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The continued impact of Russia’s “elections” on Arab politics

In a political landscape that has brought Arab diaspora Trump, Brexit and a Jeremy Corbyn vote over the past few years, it appears that the underdog is alive and flourishing. So, when Putin declared he was running for office again late last year, you...

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