Articles on The Middle East and North Africa

Iraq after the “October protests”: A different country (Commentary)

Hussein Dawood - 11 October 2019

Popular protests are no new phenomenon in Iraq. But this latest round may transform both the government and the country.

Sisi’s illusion of stability (Commentary)

René Wildangel - 04 October 2019

The EU should end its acquiescence to Sisi’s policies.

Weathering the storm: Saudi Arabia one year after Khashoggi (Commentary)

Eman Alhussein - 02 October 2019

Will admitting responsibility at the highest levels be enough to turn international opinion back in Saudi Arabia’s favour?

Can Germany stop Libya becoming the new Syria? (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi - 24 September 2019

The forthcoming Berlin conference offers the chance of a diplomatic breakthrough for all sides in Libya’s proxy ‘civil’ war. Will they seize the opportunity?

The indispensable mediator: Europe’s role in the US-Iran dispute (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 20 September 2019

With the intense escalation between Iran and the US, and the potential for French mediation efforts to unravel, Europe must think carefully about its next move

The geopolitics of reconstruction: Who will rebuild Syria? (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 16 September 2019

Rebuilding Syria will not be needs driven, rather the regime will aim to subdue the emergence of meaningful civilian opposition

Cracks in the Saudi-Emirati alliance? (Commentary)

Cinzia Bianco - 13 September 2019

Policymakers have closely watched the emergence of an apparent rift between Saudi Arabia and the UAE, as well as an ostensible attempt at rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, in recent weeks. The dynamics of the Gulf can have significant implications for European economic and political interests.

Tunisia's unpredictable elections (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 12 September 2019

Tunisia's upcoming presidential election brings its fragmentation to light

Will the Iran conflict break the West? (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 30 August 2019

After months of both the United States and Iran taking a harder line against each other, Europe finds itself stuck between a rock and a hard place. If Iran pursues further brinkmanship in response to US provocation, European Union member states may decide they have no choice but to embrace the Trump administration’s containment strategy.

 
 

The unacknowledged costs of the EU’s migration policy in Libya (Commentary)

Shoshana Fine & Tarek Megerisi - 25 July 2019

The ongoing war in Libya is causing growing numbers of Libyans to emigrate to Europe – and leading European states to make partnerships with authoritarian regimes