- Who is Losing the Nile? Egypt helpless against Ethiopia and Sudan Alain Gresh, 15 February The construction by Ethiopia of the Grand Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile has exacerbated tensions between the riverside countries. Egypt is worried for fear its share of the river waters may be seriously diminished but seems incapable of standing in the way of Addis-Abeba’s project which has (...)
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.
- Reporting Moscow Capital of the Middle East Waiting for Donald Trump Alain Gresh, March 2017 Russia now occupies a pivotal position in the Middle Eastern political chessboard. Its military presence in Syria, the axis created with Iran and Turkey have made the Russians a required partner for all sides in the ongoing war. But Russia is also caught up in the conflicts between its allies (...)
Saudi Arabia mired in the quicksand of the Middle East
Between War in Yemen and War of Succession
Alain Gresh, January 2017
Two years after his accession to the throne, King Salman faces many challenges. The intervention in Yemen is bogged down and Saudi Arabia suffers setbacks in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. While the economic reforms initiated are much criticized, the questions on his succession remain unanswered.
- Reporting 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? (...)