The Gulf: Publications


Deep sea rivals: Europe, Turkey, and new eastern Mediterranean conflict lines

Asli Aydıntaşbaş, Julien Barnes-Dacey, Cinzia Bianco, John V. Bowlus, Hugh Lovatt, Tarek Megerisi, Michaël Tanchum - 21 May, 2020

The eastern Mediterranean is becoming ever more perilous as geopolitical fault lines steadily enmesh the region. These rifts emerge from the Cyprus ‘frozen conflict’, competition for valuable gas fields, and the increasingly entangled wars in Libya and Syria.

Policy Brief

A Gulf apart: How Europe can gain influence with the Gulf Cooperation Council

Cinzia Bianco - 25 February, 2020

Europeans can shift the balance of power in the Gulf in their favour by approaching the Gulf through flexible new frameworks

Policy Brief

War and pieces: Political divides in southern Yemen

Helen Lackner, Raiman Al-Hamdani - 22 January, 2020

The European Union should continue to support development and state-building in Yemen and develop platforms on which southerners can achieve self-determination

Policy Brief

Saudi First: How hyper-nationalism is transforming Saudi Arabia

Eman Alhussein - 19 June, 2019

Saudi Arabia is embracing a new nationalism that is transforming domestic politics and the country’s foreign policy

Policy Brief

The Marib paradox: How one province succeeds in the midst of Yemen’s war

Adam Baron - 12 June, 2018

The northern province can act as a model for the rest of the country, if international actors, including Europe, learn its lessons.


The Middle East's new battle lines

Julien Barnes-Dacey, Ellie Geranmayeh, Hugh Lovatt - 17 May, 2018

An ECFR guide to the key disputes threatening to spark a wider Middle Eastern war

Policy Brief

Alone in the desert? How France can lead Europe in the Middle East

Manuel Lafont Rapnouil - 10 April, 2018

France sees the MENA region as a state for foreign policy and great power politics and an opportunity to shape global politics and punch above its weight.

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


Mapping the Yemen conflict

Adam Baron - 19 October, 2015

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

Responding to an assertive Gulf

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 24 June, 2015

Europe’s relationships with the six Arab Gulf states that make up the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have failed to keep up with their increasing importance