Market Entry Services

NARCO offers market entry services to introduce clients to a wide-range of industry stakeholders.

In-person Briefings

NARCO leadership and analysts are available for in-person briefings and conference calls.

Multiclient Reports

NARCO periodically markets Multiclient Reports on the hydrocarbons sector in different North African countries.

Crisis Communication

In limited instances, NARCO will provide crisis communication management for clients.

About North Africa Risk Consulting

North Africa Risk Consulting, Inc. is a political risk firm specializing in North Africa & the Sahara. NARCO has extensive experience helping firms navigate Maghreb markets. Recent events in North Africa and the Sahara have heightened the need to understand political circumstances, their trajectories and implications for the business environment. Learn more about North Africa Risk Consulting.

NARCO Closehold: The Algeria Two-Step

Algeria has done it again. It has managed to do something that is simultaneously good and bad: last week’s cabinet shuffle contains some positive aspects some negative ones as well.

NARCO: Pirates of Barbary

Back in 1805, US Marines led an attack on Darna, in what is now Libya. Darna is, of course, back in the news, having become the stronghold of the Islamic State in North Africa. Two centuries ago, the US attack was part of a broader offensive - the First Barbary War - to combat piracy in the Mediterranean Sea. With the collapse of the state in Libya in 2014 and 2015, piracy and the Barbary Coast could be coming back. Mediterranean piracy’s revival would not only jeopardize maritime commerce, but could also provide an additional revenue source for violent non-state actors in Libya, including the Islamic State. And the more revenue violent non-state actors have, the harder it will be reckon with them whenever some semblance of a state is restored.

Foreign Affairs: The Algeria Alternative

The upheavals of the Arab Spring seemed to pass one country by: Algeria. To its east, Libya collapsed into civil war, and Tunisia suffered an upsurge of terrorism that imperiled its democratic transition and economic recovery. To the south, Mali is holding together, if barely, thanks to a French-led stabilization force. But all the while, Algeria has remained a reliable bulwark—if also something of a riddle.

CTC Sentinel: What to Make of the Bay`a in North Africa

Because of its formal structure and its contractual character, assessing who has pledged the bay`a to the Islamic State and whose bay`a the Islamic State has accepted appears at first blush to be a handy means to assess the Islamic State’s popularity, strength, and reach. However, the bay`a in North Africa has a different historical context and contemporary frame of reference than it does elsewhere in the Muslim world and particularly in the Levant and Iraq where the Islamic State has its origins. As a result, the topology of North African jihadi groups resists easy mapping and the convenience of the bay`a. The bay`a as a metric for gauging the expansion of the Islamic State and the threat of jihadi terrorism in North Africa is useful, but not exclusively so. The tragic attack at the Bardo Museum in Tunis is ample evidence of this.