Articles on North Africa

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.

 

Ten trends for 2013 (Commentary)

ECFR - 31 December 2012

2012 saw continuing crisis in the eurozone, growing Euroscepticism and populism in some corners of Europe, faltering transitions in Egypt and elsewhere, more violence in Syria, a new leadership in China, and both Putin II and Obama II. So what will 2013 hold?

 

Democracy and Political Islam after the Arab revolutions (Commentary)

Olivier Roy - 14 December 2012

Islamists are in charge in Egypt and Tunisia because they were chosen by the voters in free elections; not because they won the battle for the streets. What is happening in the Arab countries is not an ideological revolution - it is a fight over the distribution of political power.

 

Navigating Egypt's political crisis (Commentary)

Issandr El Amrani - 11 December 2012

Understanding the contours of Egypt's most acute political crisis since President Hosni Mubarak was deposed two years ago.

 

Seven takeaways from the Gaza ceasefire (Commentary)

Daniel Levy - 23 November 2012

Did Israel's "Operation Pillar of Defense" change the politics of the Middle East? Who are the winners and losers of the Gaza conflict - and what's next after the Israel-Hamas ceasefire?

 

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. 

 

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?