The Unlocatable Politics of Paris in Syria
Chirac, Assad and the Others: Franco-Syrian Relations since 1946
Pierre Prier, 25 January
Since the 2011 uprising, France has had to revise its policy towards Syria. In order to understand the mechanisms behind the current diplomatic situation, historian Manon-Nour Tannous reviews the bilateral relations between the two countries since the end of the French mandate on Syria (...)
Israel Allied With the Gulf Countries Against Iran?
Nazeeha Said, December 2017
Despite their condemnation of Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, several Gulf countries, primarily Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, have opened channels of dialogue with Israel. It is supposed to face the “Iranian threat”, but are their citizens ready to accept the (...)
De Gaulle : “The Jews, a People Sure of Itself and Domineering”
June 1967, an Endless Six-Day War
Alain Gresh, September 2017
From the very start of the June 1967 war, French President General Charles de Gaulle condemned Israel for having started it. This position, in contradiction with that of most political leaders, the media and public opinion earned de Gaulle many criticisms, including that of antisemitism.
France Under Macron Still Indulges Egypt’s Harsh Repression
Joe Stork, June 2017
French President Emmanuel Macron may be a fresh new face, but if the visits to Cairo by former Defense Minister Sylvie Goulard (June 5) and Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (June 8) are anything to go by, we seem set for the same indulgence of unabated repression.
“Military and security (...)
Turkey Places Too Much Hope in Trump
Bayram Balci, March 2017
Donald Trump’s election was favourably greeted in Ankara. Turkish-American relations had seriously deteriorated during the Obama presidency. Yet it is unlikely that Washington will modify its policies on the Syrian issue (and specifically its support for the Kurds), go back to its refusal to (...)
A Turbulent Time in Saudi-Egyptian Relations
Alain Gresh, December 2016
The failed attempts to mediate between Egypt and Saudi Arabia by several Gulf countries, including the United Arab Emirates, have confirmed the extent to which the two countries distrust one another. And yet only a few months ago they appeared bound by a strategic alliance. What has happened? (...)