Articles on The Middle East and North Africa

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.

Trump’s Iran sanctions: an explainer on their impact for Europe (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 12 September 2018

ECFR presents the first in a mini-series on the likely impact of US sanctions on economic ties between Europe and Iran.

Idlib: the last attack (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 07 September 2018

Rebels may hold out longer than expected, but there seems little doubt the Assad regime will eventually prevail in the imminent assault on Idlib 

The Libya delusion: violence erupts again (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi - 06 September 2018

Militias have entered Tripoli, shifting the balance of power inside Libya and hampering the advance towards new elections. European powers need to stop squabbling and grasp the meaning of this new state of affairs

Syria’s fate: What will Rouhani, Erdogan, and Putin decide? (Commentary)

Asli Aydıntaşbaş & Ellie Geranmayeh - 06 September 2018

Views on priorities and possible outcomes of the upcoming meeting of the leaders of Iran, Turkey, and Russia from our Iranian and Turkish fellows

Hudayda on the brink: A turning point in Yemen’s war? (Commentary)

James Firebrace - 15 August 2018

The Yemeni port of Hudayda must be protected, or the war will spill outside of the country's borders