Articles on The Middle East and North Africa

A framework for European-Russian cooperation in Syria (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 17 June 2019

If European-Russian cooperation is to move forward in Syria both sides need to settle for an outcome that delivers less than what they currently seek

Washington’s illusory plan for Israel-Palestine (Commentary)

Hugh Lovatt - 05 June 2019

The United States is set to propose an economic plan for Israel-Palestine, spearheaded by Jared Kushner, on 25 and 26 June in Bahrain, where Gulf Arab states will discuss the troubled Palestinian economy.

A tribunal for ISIS fighters? (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 31 May 2019

The goal of establishing an international tribunal to prosecute ISIS fighters is gaining momentum in European capitals, however, whether this aspiration can be translated into a credible policy remains to be seen

The future of Palestine: Youth views on the two-state paradigm (Commentary)

Hugh Lovatt - 28 May 2019

A quarter of a century on from the Oslo Peace Accords, young Palestinian writers share their views on the future of the two-state solution

60 days to save the JCPOA (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 09 May 2019

Europe and Iran both want to save the nuclear deal. But each side needs to fully understand the other’s point of view if they are to avoid dangerous miscalculations

Open letter: The US and the Iran Nuclear Deal (Commentary)

- 09 May 2019

A European Joint Call on the US to Reconsider its Approach to the JCPOA. A number of ECFR Council Members have signed it. 

Freeze, confiscate, restore? Swiss ideas for future EU sanctions (Commentary)

Clara Portela - 24 April 2019

Sanctions for ‘misappropriation’ have proved their worth in forging ties with new leaders in Tunisia, Egypt, and Ukraine. But it is time to strengthen them

Waiting for France: The missing member of Europe's coalition on Libya (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi - 18 April 2019

The UK, Germany, and Italy are forming a common position following the latest Libya offensive. This should form the core of Europeans exerting greater collective influence over events there 

Open letter: EU action for peace in Israel-Palestine (Commentary)

- 17 April 2019

An open letter by high-ranking former European Union officials urges Europe to reject a United States Middle East plan in the case that it promotes unequal rights between Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. A number of ECFR Council Members have signed it. 

Beyond Bouteflika: Algeria protests demand whole system “Clear out” (Commentary)

Chloe Teevan - 05 April 2019

The president has resigned under pressure from the street and, now, the army. But Algeria’s protest movement will unlikely accept anything less than wholesale reform