Articles on The Middle East and North Africa

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.

Misunderstanding migration in North and West Africa (Commentary)

Andrew Lebovich - 05 December 2017

A shocking report on the apparent slave trade in migrants trapped in Libya has focused European attention on combatting smugglers. But ‘cracking down’ on migrant networks is not the answer.

Egypt's counterterrorism strategy: The missing element (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 01 December 2017

Egypt’s government is not currently a constructive partner for the West in fighting violent extremism

Saudi Arabia: Bold moves or brinksmanship? (Commentary)

Ruth Citrin - 22 November 2017

Mohammad bin Salman is engaged in a risky bid to remake Saudi Arabia at the same time as rebalancing power regionally.

Not only a pawn in their game (Commentary)

Adam Baron - 16 November 2017

The war in Yemen has its own domestic logic, independent of the Saudi-Iranian ‘cold war’.

Escaping from Tunisia (Commentary)

Stefano M. Torelli - 10 November 2017

Explaining the recent spike in migration from Tunisia to Europe

Destabilising Lebanon will only strengthen Hezbollah (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 07 November 2017

Europeans should work to blunt the impact of Saudi Arabia’s strategy and prevent dangerous confrontation.

Kurdish referendum fallout threatens Western interests in the Middle East (Commentary)

Guney Yildiz - 01 November 2017

If Europe fails to up its diplomatic engagement with the Kurds it will lose influence to Tehran and Ankara.

Sahel visit leaves fundamental issues unaddressed (Commentary)

Andrew Lebovich - 26 October 2017

UNSC delegation continues to focus on technical implementation rather than tackling political problems.

The long road towards Palestinian re-unification (Commentary)

Hugh Lovatt - 09 October 2017

Even if current steps do not immediately lead to full national reunification, they can still be an important opening that can provide at least partial relief for Gaza and stabilise the Palestinian political scene.