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The MENARA project updates

May 14th, 2018|0 Comments

In April 2018, the team of the Menara project met in Budapest. They discussed the erosion of State capacities, the robustness of authoritarianism, the militarisation of contentious politics and the State and non-State actors that [...]

«Orders and Disorders in the Middle East»

April 9th, 2018|0 Comments

The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) and the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), in cooperation with the Barcelona Center for International Affairs (CIDOB) and the Corvinus University of Budapest, have the pleasure to invite you to the conference entitled "Orders and [...]

Istanbul meeting: What are the main challenges of Turkish foreign policy today?

November 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Galip Dalay – Al Sharq Forum, Turkey «When we talk about Turkish foreign policy we are talking about Turkey regional policy; and when we talk about Turkey regional policy we are talking about Iraq and [...]

Istanbul Meeting: the main environmental challenges the region will face in the future

October 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Martin Keulertz, King’s College London, UK: «This region is seeing a population explosion. So over the next few decades we will see a dramatic population increase which means that in this MENA region – including [...]

Embeddedness of the MENA in Economic Globalization Processes

MENA countries’ integration in processes of economic globalization has trailed behind many emerging markets in Asia, but also Latin America. This applies especially to the “bunker states” and “bully praetorian states” of the Arab republics [...]

Morocco’s African Foreign Policy

Morocco’s African foreign policy is not new, although it features some new characteristics, such as an emphasis on the economy, its reach far beyond traditional francophone African circles, as well as unprecedented number of royal [...]

Material Choke Points in the MENA Region

The MENARA Project studies the geopolitical order in the making 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 [...]

Libya: Moving Beyond the Transitional Mood

The Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) signed in December 2015 resulted in some relative stabilization and improvement of the security situation of the country, especially in Tripoli. Yet, it has not brought the political and institutional [...]

The Transmutation of Jihadi Organizations in the Sahel and the Regional Security Architecture

Since 2017, the jihadi scene in the Sahel has witnessed major changes with the merger of all the groups that were affiliated with Al-Qaeda, leading to the creation of a new and powerful one: the [...]

Iraqi Kurdistan and Beyond: The EU’s Stakes’

In 2017, Iraq saw events that dramatically changed its political and societal reality. Not only the territorial defeat of the so-called Islamic State but also the Iraqi Kurdistan referendum and the retaking of the disputed [...]

The Riddle of the Sphinx: Why President Sisi Fears the Election

The riddle posed by President Sisi’s words and behaviour is if his regime is performing as well as he claims, why is he so politically insecure? Although threats of terrorism and widespread anti-regime violence appear [...]

Hybridization of Domestic Order-Making in the Contemporary MENA Region

The domestic political orders in the MENA countries are going through a period of crisis and restructuring. Since mass protests spread from Tunisia and Egypt to other countries in the region in 2011 a number [...]

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