Articles on The Middle East and North Africa

Syria: New rules of the game? (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 13 February 2018

As Syria’s civil war heads towards an end game, wider international fault lines are sharpening. Only Russia has the power to stop escalation but it is yet to choose its course.

Three views on Turkey's Syria intervention (Commentary)

Guney Yildiz & Asli Aydıntaşbaş & Julien Barnes-Dacey - 25 January 2018

What Turkey's intervention means for Syria, the Kurds, and Ankara.

UK too complacent on Turkish Syria intervention (Commentary)

Guney Yildiz - 23 January 2018

Mr Johnson’s support for the Turkish intervention is remarkable for its short-sightedness.

Tunisia revolts again (Commentary)

Stefano M. Torelli - 16 January 2018

Today's riots are more dangerous than those of 2011.

From Iran to North Korea, German policymakers are at a loss (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 12 January 2018

Postwar German foreign policy is based on cooperation, rules and trust, not power, interest and threat. But with crises from Iran to North Korea likely to be play out the old-fashioned way, that approach looks naive.

EU can go your own way on Iran (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 05 January 2018

Europe is right to choose a different path to Trump's destructive diplomacy 

Russia’s military victory masks diplomatic impotence in Syria (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 15 December 2017

Damascus has continually rebuffed Russian efforts to pivot to a political track, highlighting Moscow’s apparent inability to rein in its client.

The problem with a “shoot-to-kill” policy on foreign fighters (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 13 December 2017

The policy is certainly morally questionable, but is it also unlawful?

EU backed into a corner on Israel-Palestine (Commentary)

Hugh Lovatt - 12 December 2017

Trump’s Jerusalem announcement and Netanyahu’s visit have placed unprecedented strain on Europe’s Israel-Palestine policy. 

Saleh’s dramatic death returns Yemen to the spotlight (Commentary)

Adam Baron - 05 December 2017

The former president’s death makes diplomatic engagement all the more difficult, but also underlines the folly of leaving Yemen on the backburner.