Andrew Hanna is a program specialist for Iran and North Africa at the U.S. Institute of Peace in the Middle East & North Africa Center. He writes for The Iran Primer, which provides objective analysis on Iran’s politics, economy, military, foreign policy and nuclear program. He also contributes to The Islamists, which surveys the rise of Islamist groups in the wake of the Arab uprisings.

Hanna previously worked as a journalist for Politico, where he covered transatlantic security and U.S. labor politics. He was later a fellow at National Security Action and the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. He has published a paper on the Astana talks on Syria between Russia, Turkey and Iran.

Hanna received a master's in Foreign Science from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. He graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 2016, where he wrote a thesis on Amazigh ethnic identity in Morocco. He is proficient in Arabic.

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Saudi-Turkish Clash Reinforces Tensions in the Maghreb

Saudi-Turkish Clash Reinforces Tensions in the Maghreb

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

By: Andrew Hanna

Morocco notched a diplomatic win this week as the United Arab Emirates opened a consulate in the Western Sahara, where Rabat has long sought international recognition of its claim over the disputed territory. It also signaled a troubling regional shift. The hostility between Turkey and the Saudi-aligned Arab states risks embroiling the Maghreb region, much as it already complicates conflicts and politics from Libya to the Red Sea region. In North Africa, as across the greater Middle East, a widening of the Turkish-Saudi confrontation is heightening the risks of destabilization and threats to U.S. regional and counterterrorism interests.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Conflict Analysis & Prevention

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