Rethinking EU-Saudi relations

Madawi al-Rasheed (Chatham House via Flickr)

by Eldar Mamedov The international pressure for accountability for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist mildly critical of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS), is starting to bear fruit. The EU’s 28 foreign ministers, under the stewardship of… Continue Reading  

EU-Saudi Relations After Khashoggi: Business as Usual?

Emmanuel Macron (Alexandros Michailidis via Shutterstock)

by Eldar Mamedov More than one month after the murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents in Istanbul, the issue refuses to fade away into oblivion. As part of an effort to keep it on the agenda,… Continue Reading  

European Parliament: Spotlight on the UAE

Ahmed Mansoor (Amnesty International)

by Eldar Mamedov On October 4, the European Parliament adopted a resolution condemning the harassment, persecution, and detention of prominent human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison in May 2018 in the United Arab… Continue Reading  

Can the EU Lead on Sanctions against Saudi Arabia?

Pier Antonio Panzeri (European Parliament)

by Eldar Mamedov As U.S. lawmakers seek sanctions against those responsible for the disappearance and possible murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi—a mild critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, the country’s de facto ruler—their European counterparts are acting… Continue Reading  

The Politics Behind the Sabotage of the Iran Deal in Europe

Gerard Deprez (Wikimedia Commons)

by Eldar Mamedov As the EU scrambles to offer a viable package of economic incentives to convince Iran to stay in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) after the US withdrawal, some forces are attempting to undermine this effort… Continue Reading