Diplomacy

Conflict Resolution and Prevention

In the Middle East in particular, a hybrid order is taking shape. It is time for international diplomacy to implement new, more inclusive and holistic tools that address the conflicts of today and tomorrow, argues Spanish diplomat Ramon Blecua.

Twitter, Facebook and censorship in Egypt
Elections and Unification Talks in Cyprus
Elections and Unification Talks in Cyprus

After the October elections in Northern Cyprus, the vision of a federation of Greeks and Turks is off the table. This is the story of how the opportunity to unite the Mediterranean island has been missed.

Saudi Arabia and the War in Yemen

Saudi Arabia wants to use the coronavirus pandemic to put the costly fiasco of the Yemen war behind it - and save face in the process. The Houthis, on the other hand, now feel their time has come.

Saudi Arabia and the War in Yemen
Negotiating with Iran
Negotiating with Iran

Peace with and within Iran may seem an outlandish prospect to many following recent events. Yet reaching an agreement is now not only vital for the stability of neighbouring countries, but also in the interests of the Iranian people themselves.

Parade in Teheran zum Jahrestag der Revolution in Iran
Iran sanctions and Islamic Revolution anniversary

Stuck in the present and with no viable perspective for positive change, Iranian citizens feel powerless. Worse, we can expect things to stay as they are, until change will come – suddenly, and possibly from a direction we do not expect.

Yemeni Soldiers. The war in Yemen is seen by some as a war between Saudi Arabia and proxies of Iran.
The Sparring of Iran and Saudi Arabia

Iran and Saudi Arabia are fighting for supremacy in the Middle East. At least most European media outlets constitute this narrative. But is this really the true situation?

Yousef Al Otaiba, the UAE ambassador, on the US television show Morning Joe in 2014.
Ambassador of Charm

Yousef Al Otaiba, the UAE ambassador to the United States, has rewritten the playbook on Middle East diplomacy in Washington.

Umayyad Square in Damascus
Solving the Syrian Conflict

Europe needs to be more actively engaged to help bring about peace in Syria, writes Michel Duclos.