Raisi’s election victory will not make Iranian politics any less volatile. Instead, it signals another of the cyclical changes in Iran’s politics that have taken place since 1979.
Middle East and North Africa
As countries across the Middle East pause to take stock of recent conflicts, Europeans need to do more to support dialogue
The Turkish president no longer commands all before him. The EU should turn its attention to supporting democratic forces in the country.
The EU and Turkey have a mutual strategic interest in developing a constructive, cooperative, and sustainable relationship
ECFR council members call on Europe to push forward a rights-based policy to break the cycle of conflict in Israel-Palestine
Iran’s presidential election will do little to boost frontrunner Ebrahim Raisi’s popular legitimacy
By weaponising migration in Ceuta to advance its Western Sahara claim, Morocco has made several major mistakes. Spain is part of an EU that is not in a joking mood on irregular migration blackmail.
Europe should support the recent Iranian-Saudi talks in Baghdad as an opportunity to help stabilise the Middle East, despite risk of that engagement being derailed
By cancelling Palestine’s first elections in 15 years, President Mahmoud Abbas has relinquished Palestinian democracy and national reunification, and is setting the stage for future turmoil
In a future, states will likely become more transactional and try to force changes in behaviour from others in exchange for the use of a platform or supply chain