Articles on The Middle East and North Africa

Crisis in Iran will drive wedge between Europe and Washington (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 06 January 2020

The assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani is a turning point for relations between the United States and Iran. It also pulls U.S. allies in Europe deeper into uncharted waters, and threatens to leave European forces on the ground caught in the crossfire of escalation between Tehran and Washington.

Top ten foreign policy trends in 2020 (Commentary)

Mark Leonard & Jeremy Shapiro - 03 January 2020

Top ten trends that will occupy European foreign policymakers in 2020

Your 2019 top ten on ECFR (Commentary)

Andreas Bock - 20 December 2019

ECFR readers’ top choices this year – all in one place.

Turkey in Libya: Filling the European vacuum (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi & Asli Aydıntaşbaş - 17 December 2019

Europeans could still keep Libya a multilateral affair, if they can bring France onto a shared platform – and deploy newfound unity to draw American influence back in.

What a Corbyn government could mean for the Middle East (Commentary)

Tim Springett - 10 December 2019

Dramatic shifts are on the horizon for British policy on Israel-Palestine and Saudi Arabia, should Corbyn win power this week.

After the Iran protests: How Europe can keep diplomacy alive (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 10 December 2019

Washington will use the recent unrest to argue against Europe engaging with Tehran. Europeans, led by Emmanuel Macron, must lead the efforts for détente.

EU support for Lebanon: If not now, when? (Commentary)

René Wildangel - 29 November 2019

The Lebanese desire for change is not going to go away. The EU should place itself at the heart of smoothing this transition.

Italy’s Libyan conundrum: The risks of short-term thinking (Commentary)

Arturo Varvelli and Matteo Villa - 26 November 2019

By prioritising short-term gains in irregular migration and energy security, Italy and the EU have helped create an unsustainable security and political situation in Libya.

Open letter: Call for a managed return of ISIS foreign fighters (Commentary)

- 26 November 2019

A number of ECFR Council Members urge European governments to immediately begin a programme of managed repatriation of ISIS foreign fighters in Syria.

Germany’s quiet leadership on the Libyan war (Commentary)

René Wildangel & Tarek Megerisi - 20 November 2019

Although Germany’s mediation role in the Libyan conflict has received relatively little attention so far, this might change if its initiative leads to a peace conference – or, alternatively, a collapse of the political process.