Articles on The Middle East and North Africa

Mission manual (Commentary)

Daniel Korski - 21 March 2011

Wars are easy to start, hard to fight, and often harder still to end. Learning the right lessons from past wars, recent and old ones, is absolutely key. In Libya the international community must also keep its focus on political rather than military aims.

 

Libya: time to focus on the outcomes (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 16 March 2011

It is time to get real about Libya. All the huffing and puffing of Western leaders has yet to bring Gaddafi’s house crashing down. Instead, European leaders must think about what realistic outcomes they might be able to help achieve.

 

Will the EU win glory on the shores of Tripoli? (Commentary)

Richard Gowan - 09 March 2011

Western military planners are examining options for deposing Gaddafi. But somebody also needs to think about an international peace operation to stabilise Libya, whether to oversee the dictator's negotiated exit or clean up afterwards. Could this be a role for a UN-mandated EU?

What Europe needs to do on Libya (Commentary)

Daniel Korski with contributions from other ECFR policy fellows - 25 February 2011

The EU needs to act on Libya. If it doesn't, the consequences for Europe – in terms of migration, energy revenues and support for terrorism – could be disasterous. Here are eight concrete steps that European leaders should consider taking.

 

Europe and Tunisia: After complicity, complacency (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 25 February 2011

Tunisians see Europe as complicit with the old regime of President Ben Ali, and were disappointed by the slow reaction of European leaders to their revolution. But they are willing to forgive, if their neighbours to the north makes amends by offering prompt and generous help as they rebuild their country.

Don't abandon Tunisia (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 25 February 2011

Tunisia's democrats have made an amazing start, after launching the wave of popular uprisings that are continuing to rock the Arab world. But they worry that the world will forget them as they embark upon the massive project of rebuilding a new Tunisia.

Rebuilding Libya (Commentary)

Richard Gowan - 23 February 2011

Libya is in chaos, and Colonel Gaddafi seems determined to hang on to power at any expense. But he has already lost control of large swathes of the country, the security forces and bureaucracy, and it is not premature to start planning for a post-Gaddafi Libya.

Taming Libya's mad dog (Commentary)

Daniel Korski and Fabrizio Tassinari - 22 February 2011

If there ever was a need and an opportunity for Europe to show its muscles, Colonel Gaddafi is providing one. The test is a different one for the EU after the turmoil in Tunisia, Egypt and beyond, but European leaders can no longer look the other way.

The Middle East needs Germany (Commentary)

Daniel Korski and Ben Judah - 18 February 2011

The fall of Hosni Mubarak’s regime in Egypt has not so much given Israel a headache as a migraine. Europe - and Germany in particular - needs to play a leading role in reassuring Israel and keeping Middle East peace on track.

 

Who Lost the Eastern Mediterranean? (Commentary)

Richard Gowan - 07 February 2011

For all the talk of a 'global Europe', the EU struggles to influence its neighbours in the Eastern Mediterranean. Its uncertainty over Egypt is indicative of a wider loss of direction in the EU's regional policies.