Articles on The Middle East and North Africa

Khashoggi disappearance: Time for an independent investigation (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 12 October 2018

The alleged murder of Jamal Khashoggi further exposes Saudi Arabia’s destabilising role in the Middle East. European governments must press Riyadh to change course

Bankless task: can Europe stay connected to Iran? (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh and Esfandyar Batmanghelidj - 10 October 2018

Despite the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and the reimposition of economic sanctions, Europe remains committed to maintaining ties with Iran

More for less? Europe’s new wave of ‘migration deals’ (Commentary)

Chloe Teevan - 08 October 2018

North African governments may feel they have the EU over a barrel on migration flows. But Europe must set tough conditions on any new aid it gives to them

Mali, Algeria, and the uneasy search for peace (Commentary)

Andrew Lebovich - 04 October 2018

This summer, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was re-elected to Mali's presidency; his plan for peace in the country can stem the conflict, but as the Algerian case shows, the process of reconciliation can be daunting 

Present at the Destruction (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 01 October 2018

At the UN General Assembly last week, it was clear to most that the post-war multilateral system is now an artifact of a bygone era. The new world order that is currently emerging will be defined less by shared principles, and more by the whims of individual leaders and governments

Egypt’s judicial theatre of injustice (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 21 September 2018

As European governments look to Egypt as a partner, the country's human rights record continues to suffer with an escalating use of executions

Can Iran weather the oil-sanctions storm? (Commentary)

Sara Vakhshouri - 20 September 2018

As the US steps up its sanctions against Iran, the negative effects ripple throughout the global energy markets

ECFR’s two state parameters (Commentary)

Hugh Lovatt - 18 September 2018

ECFR’s two state parameters provide a framework through which the EU can step up its efforts to achieve the just resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a two state solution

Iran: The case for protecting humanitarian trade (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh & James Miller - 13 September 2018

New US sanctions will put the health of ordinary Iranians at risk. Europe can take concrete steps to minimise this – steps which also support its ongoing commitment to the nuclear deal

Yemen’s diplomatic discord (Commentary)

Adam Baron - 12 September 2018

After the collapse of planned consultations in Geneva, a new round of formal peace talks seems unlikely before the end of the year.