Articles on The Middle East and North Africa

After Qaboos: The future of Oman and Gulf geopolitics (Commentary)

Cinzia Bianco - 14 January 2020

The fractious context of the Gulf means Oman’s new ruler could soon find himself seeking to emulate his predecessor and championing regional diplomatic dialogue

“More coordination” won’t fix the Sahel (Commentary)

Andrew Lebovich - 10 January 2020

Picking sides and intervening via local proxies often makes matters only worse, not better, in the countries of the Sahel.

A call for increased European de-escalation efforts in the Middle East (Commentary)

- 08 January 2020

Prominent Europeans call for increased European de-escalation efforts in the Middle East.

Soleimani strike: Loosening future restraints on military action? (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 07 January 2020

The drone strike against Soleimani marks a novel shift in targeted killing, dangerous to the global order.

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.