Articles on The Middle East and North Africa

Russia in Libya: War or Peace? (Commentary)

Mattia Toaldo - 02 August 2017

Europe must use its diplomatic leverage to ensure that increased Russian involvement does not come at the cost of further destabilisation on Europe’s southern border.

US must avoid a war with Iran in eastern Syria (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 17 June 2017

Some in Washington hope the US can cut off Iran’s regional influence in eastern Syria, but that’s a recipe for endless war.

Serious questions remain over G5 Sahel military force (Commentary)

Andrew Lebovich - 16 June 2017

France is pushing for regional military support, but the proposed force risks causing more harm than good.

Qatar crisis widening regional fault lines (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 14 June 2017

The situation in Qatar is exacerbating intra-Sunni fractures just as tensions with Iran heat up

Europe must combat Trumpization of Middle East (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 09 June 2017

Europeans should provide President Trump with a more sober assessment of the causes of the region’s crises and support de-escalation initiatives before things spiral out of control.

Does the road to stability in Libya pass through Cairo? (Commentary)

Adel Abdel Ghafar & Mattia Toaldo - 05 June 2017

Ultimately, the road to stability in Libya does pass through Cairo, but most importantly through Tripoli and Misrata.

Yemen beginning to come apart at the seams (Commentary)

Adam Baron - 30 May 2017

Europeans should consider three sets of actions that could help stabilize the conflict.

Stabilising Mali - why Europe must look beyond technicalities (Commentary)

Andrew Lebovich - 24 May 2017

To foster long-term stability in Mali, the international community must not content itself with the implementation of technicalities.

Trump’s Saudi speech hints at new risks (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 24 May 2017

Trump’s speech in Saudi Arabia marked a shift in US positioning that is likely to feed rather than temper conflict conditions in the region.