Articles on The Middle East and North Africa

New world, same old Israel (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 23 November 2012

Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to show that nothing in Israel's security situation has changed. But in the wake of the Arab Uprising the Middle East is a different place and Israel needs to reconsider its whole strategy. 

 

Israel: Living by the sword (Commentary)

Daniel Levy - 16 November 2012

What was the assessment that prompted Israel's operation in Gaza and what might that tell us about its intended outcome and trajectory? Of course the timing can be explained with the approaching elections in Israel. But that is only part of the story. 

 

Plenty of war clouds but no daylight in Governor Romney's speech (Commentary)

Daniel Levy - 09 October 2012

Mitt Romney's foreign policy speech focused almost exclusively on the broader Middle East region. But what he really advanced was a policy of weaponised Keynesianism.

 

Time for Azerbaijan to open up (Commentary)

Nicu Popescu - 01 October 2012

Azerbaijan has hydrocarbon riches and a strategic position, which means that all the great powers have an interest in good relations. But one family has dominated the political scene for many years, corruption is rampant and the economy needs diversifying. It’s time to open up.

 

Europe's role in the Arab Spring (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 26 September 2012

The outcome of the uprisings in North Africa is still in the balance and although it will be mainly up to the North Africans themselves to decide their future, Europe has a key role to play on the side of reform - especially Paris, Rome and Madrid. 

 

What Europe should tell Mohammed Morsi (Commentary)

Issandr El Amrani & Elijah Zarwan - 13 September 2012

The Brussels visit of Egypt’s first democratically elected president Mohammed Morsi is a striking reminder of the changes that have swept the Arab world in the last 18 months. Europe should not miss a historic opportunity to rebuild relations with the most important country in the region.

 

Morsi goes to Tehran, and Egypt gets its mojo back (Commentary)

Issandr El Amrani - 10 September 2012

Cairo and Tehran are talking to each other: Iran because it is increasingly isolated, Egypt because it is attempting to reclaim the mantle of regional leadership. Is this an example of Egypt's new foreign policy under Mr Morsi?

 

Multilateralism: Moscow rules? (Commentary)

Richard Gowan - 08 August 2012

With Russia due to play a central role in multilateral institutions over the next two years, its obstructionism over Syria does not bode well. However Europeans may find - to their benefit - that it is actually China that calls the shots on the international stage.

 

Don't give up on politics in Syria (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 02 August 2012

As civil war engulfs Syria talk of politics and diplomacy has fallen silent. But the West should be redoubling its political and diplomatic efforts, even as it offers indirect support for the arming of the rebels in Syria.