The Middle East and the EU: New Realities, New Policies

February 22nd, 2019|0 Comments

On March 6th, MENARA and MEDRESET, both H2020 collaborative research projects, will unveil their findings during a public conference entitled "The Middle East and the EU: New Realities, New Policies" taking place at Egmont Palace. [...]

Middle East: The impact of the US withdrawal from Syria

February 21st, 2019|0 Comments

In this MENARA Voice, Steven Cook - ENI Senior Research Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies (CFR) - analyzes the impact of the US withdrawal from Syria in the Middle East.  

Menara Closing Ceremony in Rabat!

February 21st, 2019|0 Comments

On the 21st of February 2019, Menara will hold a closing ceremony in Rabat. The conference is organized by Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane and is divided in three sessions. During the conference, the researchers, experts and [...]

Framing the Middle-East: challenges and opportunities

January 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

"In the regional chaos, the GCC was looked as the last castle of stability in the region. This castle of stability was potentially a possible hope for regaining stability and maybe to help the other [...]

Imagining Future(s) for the Middle East and North Africa

Scenarios are imagined futures that can demonstrate how current actions may lead to dramatically different outcomes. As such they are useful tools to help guide strategy and shape the future. This report lays out scenarios [...]

Contested Multilateralism: The United Nations and the Middle East

In the Middle East, multilateralism has often been associated with intervention and creating order (or disorder), rather than being a positive force for integrating the region in an equitable manner. Many of the regional struggles [...]

Interregnum: The Regional Order in the Middle East and North Africa after 2011

The MENA region has entered a period in which the existing order is increasingly challenged while an alternative one is still to be framed. This report contends that the Middle East regional order since 2011 [...]

Restoration, Transformation and Adaptation: Authoritarianism after 2011 in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Iran

Following the push for reform during the popular uprising in 2011, authoritarianism is once again dominating domestic politics and power relations in the MENA region. Drawing on data collected during field trips to Cairo, Tehran, [...]

Refugee Movements in the Middle East: Old Crises, New Ideas

The MENA region has been dealing with waves of refugee crises for decades. Addressing urban and protracted refugee crises in the region contributed to triggering reflection on the global governance of refugee protection. The Global [...]

Bouteflika’s Uncertain Fifth Term

In April 2019, Algerian voters will go to the polls to elect their next president. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the incumbent president, is the ruling FLN designated candidate for the elections. Bouteflika, who was first elected in [...]

Exploring Refugee Movements in the Middle East Regional Context: Responses to the Syrian Crisis in Lebanon and Turkey

Refugee movements are not a new phenomenon in the Middle East and North Africa. The history of the region has been shaped by waves of displacement and refugee crises, and the most recent, the dramatic [...]

Palestine and the Arab–Israeli Conflict: 100 Years of Regional Relevance and International Failure

This paper asserts that the Arab–Israeli conflict, and in particular the question of Palestine, has been the major issue of regional concern across the Middle East for over a century. It claims that the failure [...]

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