Articles on The Middle East and North Africa

It’s Turkey’s Libya now (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi - 20 May 2020

European countries should try to revive the political approach to resolving the Libya conflict, particularly given that Turkey may want to do so from its current position of strength.

Israel’s West Bank annexation: Preparing EU policy for the day after (Commentary)

Hugh Lovatt - 14 May 2020

West Bank annexation will bring an end to the EU’s cherished two-state solution. International norms and the EU’s own laws will now need to underpin post-annexation relations with Israel. 

Time for a reset: Iraq’s new prime minister and the US-Iran rivalry (Commentary)

Sajad Jiyad - 11 May 2020

Iraq needs to reset its relations with both Tehran and Washington in a way that protects Iraqi sovereignty and allows the central government to reassert control over the security apparatus.

The Yemen conflict: Southern separatism in action (Commentary)

Helen Lackner - 08 May 2020

The Southern Transitional Council’s declaration of “self-rule” threatens to revive the internecine feuds of previous generations.

The path through Moscow: How Europe can help Syria (Commentary)

Bassma Kodmani - 07 May 2020

Syrian opposition figure calls on Europe to work closely with Washington to build on growing Russian frustration with the Assad regime and increase their demands of Moscow.

Undiplomatic: The risks of Germany’s ban on Hizbullah (Commentary)

René Wildangel - 06 May 2020

There will be little prospect of economic stabilisation and political compromise in Lebanon if the EU isolates one of the country’s major political forces.

How Europe can avert a clash over the Iran arms embargo (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 29 April 2020

France, Germany, and the United Kingdom will have to decide whether to support the US cause to extend the UN embargo or oppose it. But neither option is ideal.

A chance for accountability: Why Germany should welcome an ICC investigation into the situation in Palestine (Commentary)

René Wildangel - 29 April 2020

Germany has adopted a position that the Israeli government will likely interpret as support for its policies of occupation and settlement.

Saudi Arabia, energy geopolitics, and the big production cut (Commentary)

Cinzia Bianco - 20 April 2020

Saudi Arabia took a major risk in launching the oil price war. There may be a political price to pay.
 

Defeating covid-19 in Gaza: Is it enough? (Commentary)

Hugh Lovatt - 07 April 2020

Urgent intervention can mitigate the worst effects of the pandemic. But the EU should also help Gaza escape its man-made crisis.