Articles on The Middle East and North Africa

After the JCPOA, the world needs Germany. But where is it? (Commentary)

Jonathan Hackenbroich - 30 May 2018

Germany could put some heft into defending the liberal international order. Yet it still declines to do so.

Jerusalem protests: violence in the vacuum (Commentary)

Hugh Lovatt - 15 May 2018

There is still the chance, just, to limit further instability and bloodshed in Israel-Palestine.

How to prevent regional escalation after Trump’s JCPOA decision (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 10 May 2018

Europeans must act now to avert a deadly new war across the Middle East.

After Trump’s Iran decision: Time for Europe to step up (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 09 May 2018

Six steps for the EU and its member states to save the nuclear agreement with Iran 

Oman: between Iran and a hard place (Commentary)

Camille Lons - 03 May 2018

Oman has historically been careful to balance its relations with Saudi Arabia and Iran, allowing it to play a useful role mediating regional disputes. However, as the region’s anti-Iran rhetoric is ramping up and the Sultanate is having to deal with its own domestic issues, neutrality is becoming harder to maintain.

Europe’s balancing act on the nuclear deal: wooing Trump without losing Iran (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 02 May 2018

European leaders have been assiduous in lobbying Washington on the nuclear deal. But Europe must step up its diplomacy to ensure it does not lose Tehran in the process

Libya after Haftar? (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi - 18 April 2018

Haftar’s weakening position will have ramifications for the stability of Eastern Libya, the activities of regional states that have based their policy on him, and on the diplomatic efforts to unify Libya’s fragmented political and security actors.

Will the US and Russia go to war over Syria? (Commentary)

Ruth Citrin & Kadri Liik & Jeremy Shapiro - 13 April 2018

The good news is that neither Washington nor Moscow sees the advantage of a showdown on Syria. The bad news is that the confrontation could still escalate. 

Syria strikes: in search of a strategy (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 12 April 2018

It remains hard to see how this US administration will produce a wider strategy for Syria that both allows for meaningful impact and limits escalation. 

The Importance of Being Envoy: Advice to the new UN Representative to Yemen (Commentary)

Adam Baron - 11 April 2018

Martin Griffiths has an opportunity to serve as a bridge between international and regional actors and to benefit from European diplomatic initiatives.