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Iran is not making a U-turn in Iraq

Switching support from Maliki to Abadi does not represent a real policy change for Iran.

Israel's spinning moral compass

By Daniel Levy - 19 Aug 14

Apparent wall-to-wall consensus in favour of the Gaza offensive among the Israeli public masks a deep internal moral malaise.

Demilitarising Gaza is not a solution, it’s a trap

By Daniel Levy - 15 Aug 14

Demilitarising Gaza is being touted as part of a solution to the recent fighting. However, it's a potentially dangerous red herring 

Europe desperately seeking answers on Iraq

While the crisis in Iraq deepens, Europe has been slow to react - reluctant to be drawn into another quagmire in the region. 

From Syraqistan to Gaza – Europe must not hide behind the blame game

By François Godement - 13 Aug 14

Europe's inaction on the Islamic State could have tragic consequences, for the Middle East and for Europe itself. 

To fix Iraq, don’t lose sight of Syria

However, a fundamental ingredient is still missing in shaping a coherent – though challenging - strategy for targeting IS in Iraq.

Four tests for EU policy on Gaza

By Mattia Toaldo - 08 Aug 14

It is still unclear when and whether Israel, Hamas and the other armed Palestinian groups will agree a credible ceasefire but it is fair to expect some form of increased EU post-conflict role in any such agreement. 

Time to talk to Hamas

By Nick Witney - 07 Aug 14

Israel wants to keep Hamas in the cold, but unless Europe works to encourage dialogue, the violence will continue.

Congressional backlash on Iran is a problem for Europe, too

 The hawks in Congress are not just a problem for the US president — they are a problem for Europe, too

Nuclear talks with Iran – no summer lull for negotiators

The toughest hurdles in this marathon diplomacy track have only just been encountered.

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Crisis in Gaza


European Spring: How to put our economies and politics right? - 15 Jul 14

With European economies failing to deliver higher standards of living, and growing public disillusionment with apparently self-serving politicians, Philippe Legrain discusses where

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In the Press

Channel 4 News
19 Aug 14

Julien Barnes-Dacey on IS in Syria and Iraq.

Middle East Eye
18 Aug 14

Daniel Levy on Israels spinning moral compass.

Al Monitor
16 Aug 14

Ellie Geranmayeh on Iranian sanctions.

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