Middle East and North Africa


  • Who Lost the Eastern Mediterranean?

    Richard Gowan - 7 February, 2011

    For all the talk of a 'global Europe', the EU struggles to influence its neighbours in the Eastern Mediterranean. Its uncertainty over Egypt is indicative of a wider loss of direction in the EU's regional policies. 

    Europe must stand behind Egypt's democrats

    Emma Bonino and Anthony Dworkin - 4 February, 2011

    Europe went through its own year of democratic revolutions in 1989, yet its reaction to events in north Africa has lacked passion and purpose. European leaders meeting for a summit in Brussels must seize the opportunity to commit themselves to a strategy that puts them firmly on…

    Don't just speak with one voice: Act!

    José Ignacio Torreblanca - 1 February, 2011

    EU member states worry too much about speaking with one voice. But endless unified expressions of 'interest and concern' about the situation in Tunisia and Egypt show that the problem is that others aren't listening because we often have little to say.  

    Lessons from Tripoli

    Susi Dennison - 16 December, 2010

    There are two important lessons to be learned from last month's EU-Africa summit. First, Europe needs to reassert its diplomatic clout after a post-Lisbon period of uncertainty. Second, it needs to think more cleverly about how to promote its values in a world where our…

    Egypt's election: Watch this space

    Susi Dennison - 30 November, 2010

    The first round of Egypt's elections suffered from irregularities and unfair competition, yet this received little coverage abroad. This must change, especially if Egypt is to be thought of as a benchmark for political progress in the wider Middle East.

    Why Europe's military cutbacks will hurt Africa

    Richard Gowan - 16 November, 2010

    Rampant defence cuts throughout the EU will probably spell the end of European countries' little-known but important interventions in African conflicts. This invites humanitarian disasters on parts of the map that increasingly small numbers of European citizens could identify.

    Time for Europe to think bold thoughts

    Daniel Korski - 10 February, 2010

    Europe has a lot to gain from being inventive. A Turkish-EU troop offer could help unlock Gaza - and the Middle East peace process

    Memo to President Ahmadinejad

    Daniel Korski - 11 December, 2009

    Iran looks set to defy President Obama?s offer of engagement and the international community ?- including the EU -? will have to decide how to react. But what is Tehran thinking?

    Shaping Europe’s Afghan Surge

    Daniel Korski - 25 March, 2009

    Will the military surge in Afghanistan fail without a civilian surge?

    Fact sheet on NATO deployments in Afghanistan

    Daniel Korski - 8 February, 2008

    Read our Fact Sheet comparing NATO troop deployment figures in Afghanistan.