Articles on The Middle East and North Africa

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. 

Protests and the ailing president: Algeria's political crisis (Commentary)

Andrew Lebovich - 04 March 2019

Algerians have taken to the streets to voice their discontent with President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's plan to run for a fifth term in office. Could this be the beginning of more fundamental reform? 

In legal limbo: EU returnees in the post-ISIS era (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 26 February 2019

European governments are avoiding international obligations to take their own citizens back. And the Trump administration has noticed. 

League and nations: Europe’s unity struggle at the Sharm El-Sheikh summit (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 15 February 2019

The optics of the EU-Arab League summit could prove difficult for European leaders. Yet they barely agree on what they themselves want from it