Fact-Finding Missions in a Nuthshell

April 15th, 2019|0 Comments

One year, 269 Interviews, 29 countries. With this infographic you will learn more about the specifics of this remarkable effort, conducted by the project’s partners, to capture the regional perspectives on the EU’s role in [...]

Gaza Strip: the Long-Standing Israeli Policy of Isolation, Separation and Siege of Gaza

April 15th, 2019|0 Comments

The following map depicts the main access points to the Gaza Strip, the narrow territory where 2 million people (mostly refugees and young people) live in only 365 km2. Gaza’s residents have been increasingly isolated [...]

Arms Trade in the Mena: Who Are the Main Clients of the Great Powers?

April 15th, 2019|0 Comments

The MENA region is said to be one of the biggest arms markets in the world. Regional conflicts and domestic security concerns allegedly justify the need for importing new military equipment. But weapons purchases are [...]

Menara Project Results

April 8th, 2019|0 Comments

On March 31st 2019, the Menara project ended. In this video, we present the main results and takeaways of our research.      

Report of the Focus Group with Stakeholders in the Middle-East

As part of the MENARA project, the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut (IFI – AUB) organized a focus group in Beirut (Lebanon) on 2 November [...]

Report of the Brussels Focus Group

On 22 June 2018, a group of experts including members of the Brussels-based think thanks, Belgian diplomats, EU policy advisers and academics met at the Egmont Institute on the latter’s invitation to discuss salient issues [...]

Report of the Focus Group with Maghreb-based Stakeholders

As part of the MENARA project, Al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI) organized a focus group in Rabat (Morocco) on 11 July 2018 with various scholars and experts from the Maghreb and those working in the [...]

Unpredictability in US foreign policy and the regional order in the Middle East: reacting vis-à-vis a volatile external security-provider

This article explores the impact of the US foreign policy’s predictability, or lack thereof, vis-à-vis the Middle Easter regional order. It lays out two main arguments. Firstly, since 2003, the US has undertaken some concrete [...]

The EU global strategy: the dynamics of a more politicized and politically integrated foreign policy

The European Union (EU) has been portrayed as a force for good in the international system. However, due to systemic changes in the international environment and the crises of European integration, its role in the [...]

The Art of the (Im)Possible: Sowing the Seeds for the EU’s Constructive Engagement in the Middle East and North Africa

This report provides policy recommendations to European Union (EU) policy makers with regard to the EU’s engagement in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. It draws on the inputs and insights gathered during [...]


The MENARA Project studies the geopolitical order in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), identifies the driving forces behind it, sheds light on bottom-up dynamics and assesses the implications of these processes on the [...]

Sustainable Development in the MENA Region

In the MENA region, the realization of the United Nations General Assembly’s SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) is limited and slow. The priorities given to the seventeen SDGs differ significantly across the region due to the [...]

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