The Middle East and North Africa: Publications

Don’t close borders, manage them: how to improve EU policy on migration through Libya

Mattia Toaldo - 15 June, 2017

Attempts to close Europe’s borders are counter-productive – legal channels must be opened in exchange for return of illegals.

Egypt on the edge: how Europe can avoid another crisis in Egypt

Yasser El-Shimy & Anthony Dworkin - 14 June, 2017

The EU should do away with its narrow approach of working with Egypt only on areas of mutual interest.

Israel’s unlawfully prolonged occupation: consequences under an integrated legal framework

Valentina Azarova - 2 June, 2017

The EU should ensure that it is not recognising as lawful Israel’s unlawfully prolonged occupation.

Pipelines and Pipedreams: How the EU can support a regional gas hub in the Eastern Mediterranean

Tareq Baconi - 21 April, 2017

The region could transform into a source of energy and security for Europe, but crucial decisions still need to be made.

Peripheral Vision: How Europe can help preserve Tunisia’s fragile democracy

Hamza Meddeb - 13 January, 2017

Tunisia's transition to democracy risks falling foul of the same dynamics that brought down the Ben Ali regime.

After ISIS: How to Win the Peace in Iraq and Libya

Hayder al-Khoei, Ellie Geranmayeh, Mattia Toaldo - 4 January, 2017

Recent terror attacks in Berlin, Baghdad and Istanbul demonstrate that defeating ISIS militarily is only half the battle.

Yemen’s Forgotten War: How Europe Can Lay the Foundations for Peace

Adam Baron - 20 December, 2016

The ‘forgotten war’ of Yemen is now matching the headline-grabbing conflict in Syria in its severity, and can no longer be ignored by European governments

EU differentiation and the push for peace in Israel-Palestine

Hugh Lovatt - 31 October, 2016

Renewed focus on differentiation one of few hopes for saving the two state solution.

The new power couple: Russia and Iran in the Middle East

Ellie Geranmayeh, Kadri Liik - 13 September, 2016

Joint military operations in Syria have brought Russia and Iran relations closer than at any point since World War II.

No going back: Why decentralisation is the future for Syria

Jihad Yazigi - 6 September, 2016

Decentralisation offers one of the few ways to hold the country together, albeit in a looser form