Articles on North Africa

How new street protests can help diplomacy in Libya succeed (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi - 04 September 2020

Rival camps in Libya will likely sabotage political processes that could undermine them. The international community can head this off by harnessing protesters’ justified anger. 

Turkey and Europe: Growing tensions and a hot summer in the Mediterranean (Commentary)

Asli Aydıntaşbaş - 23 July 2020

Europe needs a grand bargain with Turkey that can create a short- and longer-term conflict-resolution framework covering energy, maritime boundaries, the Cyprus conflict, and Libya.

Why the war in Libya is a test for Italy – and for a geopolitical European Commission (Commentary)

Marta Dassù - 30 June 2020

If Italy was the front facing east during the cold war, then today it is vulnerable to the south: the country has been drawn into a geopolitical competition that looms over the Strait of Sicily.

Italy’s chance in Libya (Commentary)

Arturo Varvelli & Tarek Megerisi - 16 June 2020

The tide of Libya’s war is turning against renegade general Khalifa Haftar. Italy should seize this opportunity to lead European countries to a harmonised Libya policy.

It’s Turkey’s Libya now (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi - 20 May 2020

European countries should try to revive the political approach to resolving the Libya conflict, particularly given that Turkey may want to do so from its current position of strength.

Undiplomatic: The risks of Germany’s ban on Hizbullah (Commentary)

René Wildangel - 06 May 2020

There will be little prospect of economic stabilisation and political compromise in Lebanon if the EU isolates one of the country’s major political forces.

The EU’s ‘Irini’ Libya mission: Europe’s Operation Cassandra (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi - 03 April 2020

Europe’s latest move seems likely to marginalise it and damage its credibility as an honest broker.

Why the 'ignored war' in Libya will come to haunt a blinkered west (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi - 25 March 2020

Europe seems unconcerned by the chaos smouldering on its doorstep, as Libya’s five-year-old conflict becomes world’s main theatre of drone combat.

Upholding values abroad: Europe’s balancing act in Egypt (Commentary)

Kelly Petillo - 03 March 2020

Italy and the EU should not assume that a concerted campaign to release George Zaki is doomed to failure.