The Middle East and North Africa: Publications

The war next door: Syria and the erosion of stability in Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 4 July, 2016

Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey have so far been resilient to the spillover from Syria’s civil war, but now the region's stability is hanging by a thread.


A quick guide to Libya's main players

Mattia Toaldo & Mary Fitzgerald - 19 May, 2016

In Libya there are very few truly national actors, the vast majority are local players. This guide explains who the players are and what they control.

Intervening better: Europe’s second chance in Libya

Mattia Toaldo - 13 May, 2016

The unity government offers the best chance of stabilising Libya, stemming refugee flows and pushing back ISIS, and Europe should focus on strengthening it.

Five years on: A new European agenda for North Africa

Anthony Dworkin - 18 February, 2016

Five years after the Arab uprisings in North Africa, the EU needs to avoid an “either-or” mentality on stability versus progress

European Foreign Policy Scorecard 2016

Dennison et al. - 28 January, 2016

The sixth ECFR Foreign Policy Scorecard highlights the EU's diminishing ability to influence its neighbours, and the neighbourhood's growing impact on the EU.

Deciphering Algeria: the stirrings of reform?

Andrew Lebovich - 9 December, 2015

Despite speculation of crisis waiting in the wings, Algeria is making tentative steps towards opening its economy and confronting political transition

Syrian Diplomacy Renewed: From Vienna to Raqqa

Julien Barnes-Dacey, Daniel Levy - 27 November, 2015

An “Islamic State first” strategy, that neglects the urgent need to secure political progress and de-escalation in Syria will fail.

Libya’s migrant-smuggling highway: Lessons for Europe

Mattia Toaldo - 10 November, 2015

How the lessons of Libya can help European policymakers respond to the wider migration crisis


Mapping the Yemen conflict

Adam Baron - 19 October, 2015

A multimedia exploration of Yemen's multi-faceted civil war.

Turkey, the Kurds and the fight against Islamic State

Cale Salih - 14 September, 2015

Europe must prioritise diplomatic support for peace between Turkey and the Kurds as a pre-requisite for a successful strategy against Islamic State