Articles on The Middle East and North Africa

Reboot time: Operation Sophia and Italy’s tortuous Libya policy (Commentary)

Arturo Varvelli - 07 February 2020

A new mandate for Operation Sophia could be just what the Italian government is looking for – but much will depend on what the lead players in Libya do next.

Insecurity in the Sahel: Europe’s next fight against jihadism (Commentary)

Andrew Lebovich - 05 February 2020

The G5 Sahel has an excessive focus on security issues, as this has come at the expense of the political and governance issues it must deal with to truly stabilise the region.

Counterfeit change: Lebanon’s new government (Commentary)

Kareem Chehayeb - 04 February 2020

Even if the new government intends to introduce significant reforms, the elite will more than likely block any measures that challenge entrenched interests.

Yemen: Why the Riyadh Agreement is collapsing (Commentary)

Helen Lackner - 03 February 2020

The strategic ambitions of Saudi Arabia and the UAE have been diverging in Yemen – to the detriment of hopes for peace on the ground.

Trump’s deal for Israel-Palestine: Entrenched unequal rights and annexation (Commentary)

Hugh Lovatt - 29 January 2020

Although the Trump deal marks a radical break from past American support for a two-state solution, it aligns with ideas put forward by supporters of Israel’s settler movement.

How a dispute over European ISIS members split a ruling coalition (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 24 January 2020

Despite the many risks of inaction, European governments are reluctant to repatriate ISIS supporters due to fear of the political consequences.

A chance for leadership: German foreign policy after the killing of Qassem Soleimani (Commentary)

René Wildangel - 22 January 2020

Germany will need to do some serious soul-searching if it is to effectively de-escalate the Iran crisis and revive the damaged nuclear agreement.

How Italy was marginalised in Libya (Commentary)

Mattia Giampaolo - 17 January 2020

Italy has achieved little through independent diplomacy in Libya. It may have more success by acting within a European framework.

How to repair Europe’s credibility in Libya (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi - 16 January 2020

European countries and the EU can still use the strength of their diplomatic assets to reassert their influence in Libya. But they will first need to overcome their internal divisions to do so.      

Europe’s new gamble: Dispute resolution and the Iran nuclear deal (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 15 January 2020

The dispute resolution mechanism presents the E3 with risks but it could also buy them time to keep the nuclear deal on life support until the US presidential election in November.