The False Allure of Authoritarian Stability

by Eldar Mamedov When EU leaders met with their Arab counterparts at the first EU-League of Arab States (LAS) summit in Cairo in February, they were criticized for embracing the Arab autocrats too tightly and uncritically. Although the final statement—the… Continue Reading  

Sotoudeh’s Case is Iran’s Own Goal

by Eldar Mamedov Last week, the European Parliament joined the international outcry over the sentencing of Iranian human rights defender Nasrin Sotoudeh to a long prison term by voting overwhelmingly for a resolution calling for her release. The European Parliament… Continue Reading  

European Parliament Fights Back on Dirty Money

by Eldar Mamedov This week, the European Parliament adopted, by an overwhelming majority, a resolution regretting the Council’s decision to reject the list of countries with high risk for Europe’s financial system proposed by the European Commission. That list was… Continue Reading  

The Dark Side of the UAE

by Eldar Mamedov On February 19, the Sub-Committee on Human Rights of the European Parliament, jointly with the Delegation for Relations with the Arabian Peninsula, held a hearing on the situation of human rights in Persian Gulf countries. The event… Continue Reading  

Warsaw and the Limits of the Anti-Iran Alliance

by Eldar Mamedov One of the key goals that the Trump administration pursued by organizing the Warsaw conference on the Middle East was to undermine the European Union (EU) as one of the remaining defenders of a multilateral, rules-based international… Continue Reading