Articles on The Middle East and North Africa

What a Corbyn government could mean for the Middle East (Commentary)

Tim Springett - 10 December 2019

Dramatic shifts are on the horizon for British policy on Israel-Palestine and Saudi Arabia, should Corbyn win power this week.

After the Iran protests: How Europe can keep diplomacy alive (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 10 December 2019

Washington will use the recent unrest to argue against Europe engaging with Tehran. Europeans, led by Emmanuel Macron, must lead the efforts for détente.

EU support for Lebanon: If not now, when? (Commentary)

René Wildangel - 29 November 2019

The Lebanese desire for change is not going to go away. The EU should place itself at the heart of smoothing this transition.

Italy’s Libyan conundrum: The risks of short-term thinking (Commentary)

Arturo Varvelli and Matteo Villa - 26 November 2019

By prioritising short-term gains in irregular migration and energy security, Italy and the EU have helped create an unsustainable security and political situation in Libya.

Open letter: Call for a managed return of ISIS foreign fighters (Commentary)

- 26 November 2019

A number of ECFR Council Members urge European governments to immediately begin a programme of managed repatriation of ISIS foreign fighters in Syria.

Germany’s quiet leadership on the Libyan war (Commentary)

René Wildangel & Tarek Megerisi - 20 November 2019

Although Germany’s mediation role in the Libyan conflict has received relatively little attention so far, this might change if its initiative leads to a peace conference – or, alternatively, a collapse of the political process.

Sudan’s chance for democracy (Commentary)

Jean-Baptiste Gallopin - 15 November 2019

EU support for Sudan’s new prime minister is welcome in addressing the urgent challenges of the country’s political transition. But it will take more than economic reform to bring peace and stability to Sudan.

4 ways Europeans should respond to the Lebanon and Iraq protests (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 08 November 2019

Europeans can help the Lebanese and Iraqi people achieve their reform goals. Here’s how.

Saudi Arabia’s frozen-conflict tactics (Commentary)

Cinzia Bianco - 07 November 2019

Saudi Arabia is suspending its assertive foreign policy, seeking to prevent an escalation in tensions.

Managed chaos: Russia’s deal with Turkey on northern Syria (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 03 November 2019

Russia is now in charge of a multi-front war. It will need to manage relations between multiple local actors very carefully.