As key EU member states quietly resume their strategic partnership with Saudi Arabia, Europe's unified position towards the Kingdom, together with its leverage over it, has begun to fray.
European states pushing to re-engage must not offer Assad cost-free re-legitimisation
On Sunday, November 4, far-reaching sanctions will be re-imposed on Iran and its oil sector. The European Union is trying to preserve a version of the deal, but the recent incidents in Denmark and France have heightened the tensions.
The alleged murder of Jamal Khashoggi further exposes Saudi Arabia’s destabilising role in the Middle East. European governments must press Riyadh to change course
Rebels may hold out longer than expected, but there seems little doubt the Assad regime will eventually prevail in the imminent assault on Idlib
As the war in Syria continues the focus is now on rooting out Iran rather than ousting Assad
Europeans must act now to avert a deadly new war across the Middle East
It remains hard to see how this US administration will produce a wider strategy for Syria that both allows for meaningful impact and limits escalation.
As Syria’s civil war heads towards an end game, wider international fault lines are sharpening. Only Russia has the power to stop escalation but it is yet to choose its course.
What Turkey's intervention means for Syria, the Kurds, and Ankara