Articles on The Middle East and North Africa

Why the 'ignored war' in Libya will come to haunt a blinkered west (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi - 25 March 2020

Europe seems unconcerned by the chaos smouldering on its doorstep, as Libya’s five-year-old conflict becomes world’s main theatre of drone combat.

Haven and hell: How the EU should protect refugees during the covid-19 crisis (Commentary)

René Wildangel - 24 March 2020

Even as it comes under intense pressure during the current crisis, the EU should not fail the most vulnerable displaced persons.
 

Game of chicken: How the oil price war threatens the Gulf (Commentary)

David Jalilvand - 20 March 2020

The Russian-Saudi oil spat is exacerbating volatility in the Gulf – and beyond.

Iraq, Iran, and the spectre of US sanctions (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh, Sajad Jiyad - 18 March 2020

European governments must seek to dissuade the US from using Iraq as a new battlefield in its struggle with Iran. 

Escalation nation: Iraq and the US-Iran rivalry (Commentary)

Sajad Jiyad - 13 March 2020

While Washington and Tehran appear eager to avoid a direct conflict with each other, the cycle of military aggression in Iraq could drag the country into deeper instability.

Home and away: Mohammad Bin Salman projects his power (Commentary)

Cinzia Bianco - 12 March 2020

The Saudi leadership’s recent robust moves could mark the start of the crown prince’s long-awaited ascent to the throne.

Syrian voices: Where next for European policy? (Commentary)

- 11 March 2020

Seven Syrians discuss how Europe can improve its approach to Syria.

Erdogan’s refugee gambit (Commentary)

Asli Aydıntaşbaş - 06 March 2020

Ankara hopes that a new financial agreement with the European Union will promote a positive image of the economy and reverse the decline in support for the Justice and Development Party.

Upholding values abroad: Europe’s balancing act in Egypt (Commentary)

Kelly Petillo - 03 March 2020

Italy and the EU should not assume that a concerted campaign to release George Zaki is doomed to failure.