April 1, 2011

More North African Dominoes May Fall

Azzedine Layachi, Foreign Affairs

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In Arabic, the Maghreb means "where and when the sun sets." The region, which includes Algeria, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia, is part of both Africa and the Arab world, and it enjoys a special relationship with Europe, thanks to geographical proximity, colonial history, and economic ties. The Maghreb is where the Arab world's recent dramatic political upheaval first began (Tunisia) and where it has reached its most violent climax (Libya). Of the four countries, Algeria and Morocco have been the least shaken by these events -- but this calm may not hold for long.

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TAGGED: Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Morocco, the Maghreb, Africa, Europe

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