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.      

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 [...]

Struggling for a Sustainable Economy: Iran after the JCPOA

Following the United States’ decision to withdraw from the JCPOA in May 2018, the Iran dossier has come back at the forefront of contemporary world politics. New rounds of sanctions imposed on Iran are likely [...]

A Half-Empty Glass: Limits and Dilemmas of the EU’s Relations to the MENA Countries

The decades’ long relationship between the European Union and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has gone through different stages and phases in response to regional events, developments in the EU and broader global [...]

Water and Food Security Strategies in the MENA Region

Food security in the MENA region will become one of the key issues of the 21st century. If insufficiently addressed, it may lead to severe social, environmental, economic and political consequences. Given high population growth [...]

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