Imad Mesdoua
Imad Mesdoua is a political analyst, specialising in the Maghreb and West Africa Africa. Imad monitors political, business, and security risks in these regions. He regularly provides on-air analyses as a guest commentator for the BBC, Al Jazeera and France 24. Imad has also been interviewed on current affairs in the Financial Times, Newsweek, Reuters, Bloomberg, and the AFP.

Imad previously worked as a freelance political consultant in the MENA region, advising political officials, electoral candidates and international organisations, on policy, public relations strategy and political communication.

Imad has appeared as an expert witness before several parliamentary hearings and regularly attends conferences as a speaker. He holds a master's degree in International Public Policy from the University College London (UCL) and is fluent in Arabic, French, English and Spanish.

Entries by Imad Mesdoua

Algeria: North Africa's Reluctant Policeman

(0) Comments | Posted 28 September 2014 | (11:43)

The inner workings of Algeria's opaque state structures are a mystery for many foreign observers. Since the country gained independence in 1962, Algeria's inward-looking regime has jealously guarded its ability to conduct state affairs without outside interference. In 2012, as Western powers contemplated military action against jihadi groups in Northern...

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Libya's New Autocrat: Militias

(0) Comments | Posted 7 January 2014 | (09:34)

Security in Libya remains an ephemeral prospect. The country is awash with guns and militias, numbered in the thousands. Since the collapse of the Gaddafi regime, successive transitional governments have consistently failed to impose their authority over the entirety of its territory and to reverse a deteriorating security climate. An...

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Mali: Why the Hardest Part Is Yet to Come

(29) Comments | Posted 20 February 2013 | (23:00)

Retaking the north was the easy part. Now Mali faces guerrilla attacks, reportedly increasing cooperation between rebel groups, 'the Tuareg problem', and a divided government.

Early on during the French intervention which began in January 2013, many journalists in the international press were quick to note that Islamist militants had...

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Will Algeria and France Finally Turn the Page?

(3) Comments | Posted 26 December 2012 | (14:05)

The relationship between France and its former north African Colony Algeria is one tainted by a difficult and bitter colonial past. The two countries' shared history is often the backdrop to fierce debates at the official and societal levels. In 2005 , for example, the ruling UMP party passed a...

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What Next for the African Union in 2012?

(10) Comments | Posted 30 December 2011 | (23:00)

As we come ever closer to 2012, I thought I would examine Africa's recent struggles on its path to unity and a more prosperous region.

Certainly, with 2011's cataclysmic changes taking place in North Africa, most of the African Union's attention has been heavily turned towards the Arab Spring and...

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Will the Arab Spring Finally Unite the Maghreb?

(6) Comments | Posted 7 December 2011 | (15:46)

It has long been a commonly accepted belief, prior to the Arab Spring, that the dream of North African unity would always have to be reported to better days of democracy and true representation of the peoples' will.

The idea of North African unity has always existed amongst the peoples...

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Tahrir Square - The Unfinished Revolution

(1) Comments | Posted 21 November 2011 | (11:12)

Many are calling it the unfinished revolution. They would not be entirely wrong. In any case, the defiant spirit of Tahrir, now legendary throughout the world, has returned. This Sunday, tens of thousands of supporters returned to the birthplace of the revolution, Tahrir Square to demand that the transitional Supreme...

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Arab Women Face an Uphill Struggle for Equality

(6) Comments | Posted 14 November 2011 | (22:00)

The Arab Spring represents a remarkable opportunity for Arab women to take back their rightful place in their own societies as equals.

Though in essence most of the uprisings have had no particularly female agenda underlying them, women should use this opportunity to challenge the status-quo and bring forward...

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Is the 'Arab Spring' Making way for an 'Islamic Winter'?

(1) Comments | Posted 28 October 2011 | (00:00)

It's the question on everyone's lips these days. The trending topic, the pressing issue, the 'primary concern' in the press and in political backrooms everywhere: Is the Arab Spring making way for an Islamic Winter?

I'll cut to the chase by answering: Yes, possibly. Is that inescapably a bad thing?...

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