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About North Africa Risk Consulting

North Africa Risk Consulting, Inc. is a political risk firm specializing exclusively in North Africa & the Sahara. NARCO has extensive experience helping firms navigate Maghreb markets. Ongoing 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 RoundUp (March 2017)

This month, North Africa Risk Consulting introduces a new format* for the monthly NARCO RoundUp. The new NARCO RoundUp now features three analytic pieces on the top developments in North African Politics, Security and Oil. In addition, the new NARCO RoundUp also includes forecasts that give North Africa Risk Consulting’s clients a sense of what’s next. This month we look at the GNA's closing act, the state of competition between al-Qaeda and the Islamic State in North Africa, and the latest shakeup in the Algerian energy sector.

NARCO Congressional Testimony: Terrorism in North Africa, An Examination of the Threat

North Africa Risk Consulting's president, Geoff D. Porter, was invited to testify in front of the U.S. House of Represenatives Homeland Security Committee, Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence regarding "Terrorism in North Africa: An Examination of the Threat." Per the subcommittee's own introduction "the United States continues to face a dynamic threat from al-Qaeda and ISIS affiliates across the globe. This threat will only grow as ISIS loses territory in Iraq and Syria, and al-Qaeda fights to reclaim its status as the leader of the global Jihadi movement. In this context, North Africa has emerged as an important theatre in the war on terror."

NARCO CLOSEHOLD: Groundhog Day in Algeria

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has appeared in a video broadcast on state TV, which puts to rest recent speculation about the president's health. And Minister of Energy Noureddine Boutarfa dismissed Sonatrach CEO Amine Mazouzi, replacing him with Abdelmoumen Ould Kaddour. NARCO has your analysis about what these developments mean for politics and for the energy sector in Algeria.

NARCO Analysis: The War for Libya (and Its Oil)

At risk of sounding simplistic, the new conflict over Libya’s oil crescent ports is bad. And at risk of sounding alarmist, the conflict will accelerate Libya’s descent into instability. Libya’s oil sector was finally getting its groove back. Production rose 300% in 4Q16. And while production was recently down from 700kbpd to around 630kbpd, this was due to maintenance issues. The oil sector was settling into a (boring?) rhythm, a welcome development after three years of unpredictability. National Oil Corporation (NOC) Chairman Mustafa Sanallah was encouraging investors to come back to Libya to bolster the sector’s recovery. North Africa Risk Consulting was planning a trip to Tripoli later this spring. But just how fragile that normalcy was is now there for everyone to see. Libya’s oil sector is still deeply troubled and is still a long way from boring.