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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.      

Middle East and North Africa Regional Architecture: Global Actors, Contentious Issues and Integration Dynamics

This Special Issue of the Foreign Policy Review is dedicated to the MENARA project conducted in the H2020 framework of the European Union with the participation of fourteen institutions, led by the CIDOB in Barcelona. [...]

THE MENARA FACT-FINDING MISSIONS: MAIN RESULTS

This report aims to provide an analysis of the interviews conducted in the scope of the MENARA Fact-Finding Missions. Each respondent was asked three questions: (1) Which traditional or new actors will shape the future [...]

DRIVING SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN THE MENA REGION: THE ROLE OF INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

On 15 November 2018, the Center for Public Policy and Democracy Studies (PODEM) hosted a stakeholders’ meeting in Istanbul with twenty-nine participants, including academics, experts, and representatives from civil society and international humanitarian and development [...]

ONLINE REAL-TIME DELPHI SURVEY FOR THE RESEARCH PROJECT MENARA

A number of 139 experts and researchers from different institutes and organizations were invited to participate at the Online Real-Time Delphi Survey (RTD) about possible and likely futures of the MENA region. The experts have [...]

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 [...]

EUROPEAN POLICY BRIEF: REGIONAL DYNAMICS IN THE MENA REGION

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 [...]

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