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 [...]

West Bank: Israeli Strategy in the West Bank. Divide et Impera

December 21st, 2018|0 Comments

The West Bank is a land-locked area sealed off by Israel to its north, south and west; and Jordan to the East. It was entirely occupied by Israel in 1967 (including East Jerusalem), with over [...]

The role of International Organizations in the MENA region

November 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Tarik Yousef - Director of Brookings Doha Center "International organizations are facing a major challenge in engaging with the Middle-East. The region is now engulfed in geopolitical competitions, internal clashes and a lack of consensus [...]

The Syrian War: The main challenge to achieve a lasting resolution

November 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Máté Szalai, Research fellow - Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) and a PhD candidate at the Corvinus University of Budapest «The best way to picture the Syrian war is to picture it by [...]

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 [...]

Migration Dynamics in Play in Morocco: Trafficking and Political Relationships and Their Implications at the Regional Level

In 2018, Morocco became the first country of departure for migrants from Africa, as Spain became, simultaneously, the most important gateway to Europe during the same year. For Spain, this development revived fears generated by [...]

Weapons of Mass Destruction in the Middle East and North Africa

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is both the source of concern about weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and the driving force pushing for multilateral arms control. While most states in the region are [...]

The Links between Jihadi Organizations and Illegal Trafficking in the Sahel

This paper examines the links between jihadi organizations and illegal criminal activities in the Sahel region. Based on extensive interviews conducted in the region, the paper argues that, while radical organizations are linked with activities [...]

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