The great power rivalry in North Africa: how it transforms the region, what changes for Europe

School of Government, Luiss Guido Carli, 28/02/2023

28 February 2023, 16.00 – 17.30 (CET)

School of Government, Luiss Guido Carli, Viale Pola 12, Aula 12

Over the past years, North Africa has become the theatre of intensified rivalries between external actors eager to expand their economic and military influence, secure energy supplies and open pathways towards the African continent. China, Russia, Turkey and Gulf states, in particular, have geared up their involvement in the region, reinforcing their penetration of strategic sectors and markets, and cultivating ties with local elites.

What are the key geopolitical and geo-economic dynamics driving this new power rivalry in North Africa? To what extent are they likely to transform the region, both at the inter-state and intra-state levels? What can be the impact of these changes on Europe, at a time when both the EU and individual European states appear increasingly dependent on North African states to guarantee alternative energy supplies and to retain a chance to weight in the US-China global competition?

This second Monthly Mediterranean Platform will focus on ongoing geopolitical dynamics in North Africa and explore the ways in which they are transforming the region. The conversation with leading regional analysts will also look into the likely reverberations of these transformations in Europe.


  • Prof. Virginie Collombier, Scientific Coordinator at the Mediterranean Platform, Luiss School of Government
  • Nedra Cherif, Researcher at the Mediterranean Platform, Luiss School of Government


  • Riccardo Fabiani, North Africa Director, International Crisis Group
  • Arslan Chikhaoui, Executive Chairman, North-South Ventures
  • Dalia Ghanem, Senior Analyst, European Union Institute for Security Studies

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