Articles on The Middle East and North Africa

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.

What if Trump decertifies the Iran deal? (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 06 October 2017

European countries must coordinate a vigorous response to prevent Trump from derailing the nuclear accord.

Iraqi Kurdish referendum: Let the tempest pass (Commentary)

Ruth Citrin - 23 September 2017

The vote is more an expression of Kurdish aspirations than an act of separation.

Still wanted: New approaches to migration for Europe (Commentary)

Andrew Lebovich - 08 September 2017

The recent high-level Paris meeting on managing migration from Africa still falls far short of resolving the issue.

Issa Amro and the EU’s Palestinian Authority problem (Commentary)

Saleh Hijazi & Hugh Lovatt - 07 September 2017

The EU needs to rein in the Palestinian Authority in the face of its crackdown, lest it undermines its own reputation as a defender of human rights.

Local actors hold key to de-escalation in Yemen (Commentary)

Adam Baron - 30 August 2017

Engagement with power brokers in Marib, Mukalla, Taiz and Aden is key to avoid mistakes of Sanaa-centric post-2011 transitional process.

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