Can The Iran Crisis Be A Blessing in Disguise for Europe?

By Eldar Mamedov Popular protests in Iran came at a particularly delicate time for the nuclear agreement between Iran and the world powers, known as Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA). More than one year after the United States unilaterally… Continue Reading  

Is France Moving Against the MEK?

By Eldar Mamedov On October 30, a volley of tweets attributed to Alexis Kohler, chief of staff of the French President Emmanuel Macron, announced that France, taking into account the “negative consequences” of the presence of the National Council of… Continue Reading  

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and Europe’s Islamophobes: An Unsavory Alliance

By Eldar Mamedov One of the central strategies the authoritarian regimes of the Middle East use to gain influence in the European Union (EU) is to promote themselves as bulwarks of stability, moderation, and tolerance. They pump up their credentials… Continue Reading  

How To Be A Real Friend Of The Kurds

by Eldar Mamedov It is a well-known truism that politics often makes strange bedfellows. One of the latest examples is a budding alliance between the leftist Kurds, or at least organizations claiming to represent them, and the neoconservative hawks in… Continue Reading  

Europe’s Failure in Syria

by Eldar Mamedov On October 14, European Union foreign ministers condemned the Turkish incursion into northeastern Syria. The Turks have undertaken this operation ostensibly to clear the border of Syrian Kurdish fighters whom Ankara regards as terrorists, but much of… Continue Reading