Hafed Al-Ghwell

Hafed Al-Ghwell is a Senior Fellow and Executive Director of the Ibn Khaldun Strategic Initiative (IKSI) at the Foreign Policy Institute (FPI) of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington DC and  the former Advisor to the Dean of the Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank Group.

Twitter: @HafedAlGhwell

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Discourse on Libya remains fixated on the lethal and the lucrative

Even after 12 years, discourse on Libya remains fixated on the lethal and the lucrative — sidelining the role that the North African country’s finance and banking sector plays in perpetuating, even exacerbating, dysfunction mostly stemming from its discordant politics.

March 18, 2023

Arab women must be given a voice

March is the month of the woman, when we ought to, among other things, celebrate the great strides made in elevating and empowering this historically marginalized demographic. Across the Arab world, however, the status of women and girls is still worrisome.

March 06, 2023

Tunisia’s descent into madness continues

It is unlikely that even the most pessimistic assessments of Tunisia’s democratization could have accurately predicted what has befallen the North African country, or how much worse things might get in its increasingly bleak future.

February 26, 2023

Libya’s transition is going nowhere fast — by design

This week is the 12th anniversary of the outbreak of the first Libyan civil war but there will be no fanfare or grand speeches commemorating what was the beginning of the end for Muammar Qaddafi’s regime.

February 11, 2023

Iraqi PM’s delicate balancing act

Over the past two decades, Iraq has been a battleground for the intensifying rivalry between the US and Iran.

February 04, 2023

The cost of missed opportunities in the Maghreb

Thirty-five years ago, fleeting pan-Maghreb ambitions led Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Mauritania to found the Arab Maghreb Union with the aim of transforming this sub-region into a country with one passport, one identity and a single currency.

January 21, 2023