US’ North African overture too little, too late


US’ North African overture too little, too late

Tunisian Defense Minister Brahim Bartagi, right, with U.S Secretary of Defense Mark Esper in Tunis, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (AP Photo)

As US President Donald Trump’s first term nears its end, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has launched an extraordinary diplomatic odyssey. Last week, he visited three North African capitals — Tunis, Algiers and Rabat — to affirm US interests in the region and its commitment to regional security.
In Tunisia and Morocco, he signed 10-year defense agreements that were cautiously described as…



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