Adding NATO to Operation Sophia is unlikely to substantially change the picture – though it won’t hurt. Instead, in the coming months the EU should focus on three policy baskets.
Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey have so far been resilient to the spillover from Syria’s civil war, but now the region's stability is hanging by a thread.
Although the nuclear negotiations have taken Iran-US bilateral relations to unprecedented levels, the animosity persists. Almost a year after signing the nuclear deal, there has been little meaningful movement either from Iran or the West to maximize the potential of this opening.
Morocco has to balance its desire to remain in the EU’s good graces and appear credible in its steps to improve its human rights record. The Kingdom’s political signals need not alarm the EU.
The battle to retake the Iraqi city of Fallujah has begun: 20,000 Iraqi soldiers, backed by US air power and advisers, are attempting to expel some 800 to 1,000 ISIS fighters.
Mark Leonard speaks with Ellie Geranmayeh, Julien Barnes-Dacey and Mattia Toaldo, about Libya, the growing threat of ISIS, and developments Syria.
22 July 2016
Piotr Buras on Europe's and the European Union's future.
22 July 2016
Konstanty Gebert on Turkey and Erdogan after the failed coup.
22 July 2016
Mark Leonard on what consequences Brexit could have on Britain's foreign policy.
21 July 2016
ECFR on eurosceptic parties across Europe.
In Libya there are very few truly national actors, the vast majority are local players. This guide explains who the players are and what they control.
The kidnapping of four ICRC workers by prominent political figures in Mali indicates that the Jihadists might be holding the peace process hostage as well as its aid workers.
There must be a clear, coherent, and mutually agreed upon roadmap for dealing with the country’s varied issues, including blueprints for the federal system and, all importantly, the holding of parliamentary and presidential elections.
Nick Grono and Dr. Katharine Jones discuss what role Europe can play in ensuring the protection of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
In working to rein in manifestations of incitement to violence, Europe must not lose sight of the factors that, while never justifying violence, create conditions that are particularly conducive to radicalisation
Turkey has entered open war with ISIS and is attempting to stifle Kurdish gains in norther Syria
Yemen's civil war has left the country in ruins and a conclusion remains far from imminent
Mark Leonard speaks with Manuel Lafont Rapnouil, Anthony Dworkin and Nick Witney, about its implications on European security and unity.
Having improved the regime's position on the ground, Russia now looks set to move forward its own political track
Richard Nephew from the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University takes a look at the openings and challenges for Europe and the US .
Kadri Liik gives her analysis on Russia's intervention in the Middle East.
The latest developments are a clear indication that those who voted Rouhani into power continue to support this bid, even if they are dissatisfied with the pace of meaningful change.
Civilian protection, humanitarian access and freezing the conflict must be priority in Aleppo and Syria to avert escalation to even more dangerous levels.
Iona Craig, Nawal al-Maghafi, and Adam Baron, discuss how Europe can help solve the crisis.