Articles on The Middle East and North Africa

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

The march of Haftar: Why Europeans should stand in the way of the Libyan National Army (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi - 05 April 2019

As Field Marshal Haftar's forces advance towards Tripoli, Libya teeters on the brink of yet another civil war. Europe can no longer idly stand by. 

Israel's foreign policy after its snap election (Commentary)

Hugh Lovatt - 04 April 2019

Amidst allegations of fraud and bribery, Israeli PM Netanyahu has called for a snap election on 9 April. In what direction could a new Israeli government take its foreign policy?

Onshore balancing: The threat to Oman's neutrality (Commentary)

Camille Lons - 03 April 2019

Oman's decision to grant the US Navy access to strategically important ports reflects intensifying global rivalry between the US and China. Europe can work to keep Oman a neutral mediator.

Algeria's protests: A view from the ground (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 25 March 2019

ECFR Senior Policy Fellow Anthony Dworkin's research trip to Algiers sheds light on protestors' visions for political reform in Algeria.

Inertia on the Red Sea coast: Will Yemen’s political process collapse? (Commentary)

Adam Baron - 15 March 2019

Three months after the signing of the Stockholm Agreement, a frail hope of de-escalation in Yemen remains - but only if the warring parties soon implement its key measures. 

When Iran goes to Iraq: The significance of Rouhani’s trip (Commentary)

Hussein Dawood & Ellie Geranmayeh - 13 March 2019

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani's first official trip to Iraq signals the beginning of a new chapter in Iran-Iraq relations, one that rising tensions between Tehran and Washington could complicate. 

The price of disengagement: Syria and the Brussels III conference (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 12 March 2019

At the Brussels III fundraising conference, the question of how to help civilians without legitimizing the ascendant Assad regime looms large. 

France's strongman strategy in the Sahel (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi & Andrew Lebovich - 08 March 2019

The French response to internal threats in North African countries has been to reinforce authoritarian rule to keep the peace. But it could inflame miltancy in the long run, especially in Chad and Libya. 

The end of the post-Khashoggi era? Europe's collapsing unity on Saudi Arabia (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 06 March 2019

As key EU member states quietly resume their strategic partnership with Saudi Arabia, Europe's unified position towards the Kingdom, together with its leverage over it, has begun to fray.