Articles on The Middle East and North Africa

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.

Can the Kurds lead in Syria? (Commentary)

Guney Yildiz - 24 August 2017

The urgent issue for the Kurds is to develop a governance model that will work in Kurdish majority as well as Arab majority areas.

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