Articles on The Middle East and North Africa

The death of a jihadist: A chance to curb Mali’s conflict (Commentary)

Andrew Lebovich - 13 December 2018

Last month, French forces in Mali killed one of the Sahel’s most prominent jihadist leaders, Amadou Koufa - his death is a brief opportunity for Mali’s government and the international community

The road to Uppsala: Opportunity and urgency in Yemen (Commentary)

Adam Baron - 11 December 2018

This past weekend, the first steps toward political dialogue in Yemen took place in Sweden; but with a large part of the country on the brink of famine, a sense of urgency remains

New currents in Libya’s stagnant waters (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi - 05 December 2018

The most important development in Libya’s recent history may have just taken place. And it was not a high-level summit, but a new expression of popular opinion on Libya’s future

Morocco, the EU, and the migration dilemma (Commentary)

Chloe Teevan - 19 November 2018

Greater numbers of migrants arriving in Spain from Morocco has put both states under pressure, but the partnership could set a good strategy on migration 

Hudayda’s collapsing stalemate: A new act in the Yemen war (Commentary)

Adam Baron - 14 November 2018

Stockholm is set to host peace talks later this month to end the war in Yemen, but those may now be postponed due to a new outbreak of violence in the country 

Russia’s hired guns in Africa (Commentary)

Sergey Sukhankin - 12 November 2018

The involvement of Russian private military companies in Africa is rapidly growing, and with it, their political and economic influence

The promise of Palermo: Uniting the strands of Europe’s Libya policy (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi - 08 November 2018

On 12 and 13 November, Italy is hosting a conference on Libyan stabilisation in Palermo which hopes to fix the floundering international mission in the country

America’s latest wave of Iran sanctions (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh, Esfandyar Batmanghelidj - 06 November 2018

The US has re-imposed its sanctions on Iran; the final part of our sanctions mini-series explains how the US will implement them

Europe's Iran dilemma (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey & Ellie Geranmayeh - 02 November 2018

On Sunday, November 4, far-reaching sanctions will be re-imposed on Iran and its oil sector. The European Union is trying to preserve a version of the deal, but the recent incidents in Denmark and France have heightened the tensions. 

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