Mediterranean & Middle East

What to do with Iran?

Félix Arteaga. ARI 63/2018 (English version) - 4/5/2018.

The relationship of Western countries with Iran is difficult because it is a country with two faces: a reformist face, more familiar and accommodating; and another conservative face, very distant and tough.

The challenges of Rohani’s second term

Luciano Zaccara. ARI 83/2017 (English version) - 30/10/2017.

What are the domestic constraints (from the Revolutionary Guard to economic restrictions) and the external challenges (from the new tightening of US-Saudi relations to the crisis in the Gulf Cooperation Council) that re-elected President Hassan Rohani will face over the next four years?

The shrinking Euro-Mediterranean policy space

Gonzalo Escribano. ARI 69/2017 (English version) - 14/9/2017.

The transformations that have taken place in the EU’s Mediterranean Neighbourhood have reduced the options for a shrinking Euro-Mediterranean policy.

Algeria: reform before demands turn revolutionary

Dalia Ghanem-Yazbeck. ARI 37/2017 - 28/4/2017.

In a context of social and economic distress, Algeria is no longer able to maintain its current approach to the welfare state while avoiding deep structural reforms.

The 2016 parliamentary elections in Morocco: context and interpretations

Bernabé López García and Miguel Hernando de Larramendi. ARI 17/2017 (English version) - 9/3/2017.

On 7 October 2016 the Justice and Development Party revalidated its victory in the Moroccan parliamentary elections.

Document of interest: UNDP - Arab Human Development Report 2016: Youth and the prospects for human development in changing reality

. MI/DI - 29/11/2016.

Nuevo informe de la ONU sobre desarrollo humano en el mundo árabe en el que se analizan los retos y las oportunidades para los más jóvenes en la región, en especial desde 2011 (resumen ejecutivo). Ver también en la web: Arab Human Development Report 2016.

The 2016 edition of the Arab Human Development Report –Youth and the prospects for human development in changing reality– examines challenges and opportunities facing youth in the Arab region, especially since 2011 (executive summary). See also the web: Arab Human Development Report 2016.

A political economy of low oil prices in Algeria

Gonzalo Escribano. Expert Comment 40/2016 - 19/10/2016.

Low oil prices seem to have slightly shifted Algerian political economy balances, making economic (and energy) reform more attractive. Both the EU and the US should explore this window of opportunity.

Morocco’s indignation with Ban Ki-moon: is the Western Sahara an ‘occupied’ territory?

Khadija Mohsen-Finan. ARI 61/2016 - 26/7/2016.

The Secretary-General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon, has incurred the wrath of Morocco by referring to the ‘occupation’ of the Western Sahara and recalling the uncertainty that has surrounded the status of this territory for over 40 years.

Brexit and the EU’s ‘Syrian bill’

Haizam Amirah-Fernández. Expert Comment 30/2016 - 5/7/2016.

The UK’s vote to withdraw from the EU has many and complex causes but it cannot be understood without making reference to the turbulence generated by the Syrian conflict.

The EU-Algeria energy forum: a new narrative in the making or just another missed opportunity?

Gonzalo Escribano. Expert Comment 21/2016 - 6/6/2016.

The Algeria-EU business forum on energy cooperation held in Algiers last 23 and 24 May has for the first time put together Algerian and European industry representatives and public officials, including regulatory authorities.