Articles on The Middle East and North Africa

Turkey's people power tide (Commentary)

Dimitar Bechev - 03 June 2013

The eruption of protest in Istanbul and other Turkish cities expresses vigorous opposition to the political direction of prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. This is a big, even historic, moment in Turkey.


De-escalating the Syria conflict (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey & Daniel Levy - 24 May 2013

A rare moment of opportunity has emerged to renew diplomatic efforts to resolve the Syria conflict. The priority now must be de-escalating the level of violence  and the reducing the threat of regional spill-over 


Europe can keep the two-state solution on track (Commentary)

Daniel Levy & Nick Witney - 10 May 2013

As the prospects of a two-state outcome on Israel/Palestine fade, Europeans need to apply tougher love to both parties before it is too late.


Serious straits: why trouble looms in the Gulf (Commentary)

Fatima Ayub - 10 April 2013

An understanding of the importance of the Gulf States is vital for explaining how the wider Middle East functions, thanks to their wealth, their energy resources, their geostrategic position, and their straddling of many of the MENA region's major faultlines.  


Lebanon: Locked into escalation? (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 26 March 2013

The collapse of Lebanon’s government has thrust the country into a deepening political crisis. The war in Syria and recent actions by Hezbollah also suggest that internal conflict may return to Lebanon.


Nice Speech, Mr. President (Commentary)

Daniel Levy - 22 March 2013

Obama said all the right things in Jerusalem, but what next? The visit has offered nothing new on the programmatic side, no plan for going forward.


Obama's visit to Israel: Embrace the victory of politics over substance (Commentary)

Daniel Levy - 20 March 2013

If Obama begins to grasp the tribal, fluid and divided nature of Israeli politics and how to impact Israeli voters and their leaders, then this visit might be worth something after all.


EU troops can still help in Mali (Commentary)

Richard Gowan - 05 February 2013

A ‘plug-and-play' approach to peacekeeping lacks the glamour of a full-scale military intervention but it could be a cheaper and a more strategic approach for the EU to deal with the situation in Mali.


Egypt: out of control? (Commentary)

Issandr El Amrani - 04 February 2013

Egypt appears to be spinning out of control. The current crisis is a prolongation of the crisis that emerged late last year over a decree by President Morsi suspending some judicial decisions and giving himself additional powers, followed by the rush to approve a new constitution.


Does Jordan's election change anything? (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 30 January 2013

Jordan's elections were widely considered a success, but the country continues to face two critical challenges: dealing with overspill from the Syrian conflict, and a badly stumbling economy.