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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 [...]

China’s role in the MENA region

November 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Jordi Quero, Researcher - Barcelona Center for International Affairs (CIDOB) «We have to pay attention to what China is doing in the Middle-East and its future role in the region. Up to now, we can [...]

MENARA Gender Report

November 14th, 2018|0 Comments

On Nov. 8/9, our expert Katerina Dalacoura (Associate Professor in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science) has presented at the Kayseri Üniversitesi and the Van Yüzüncü Yil University (Turkey) a report on gender in the Middle East [...]

Driving Social and Economic Development in the MENA Region: The Role of International Organizations

November 14th, 2018|0 Comments

On Nov. 15,  MENARA will hold a stakeholders’ meeting in Istanbul. The meeting is organized by our partner PODEM and will discuss the role and impact of international organizations in fostering growth and development of MENA, while looking [...]

Armed Conflicts and the Erosion of the State: The Cases of Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Syria

How have armed conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen challenged or weakened each state? This report underlines the main dynamics that have affected state capacity and authority and highlights the key challenges facing policymakers [...]

Morocco and Its Quest to Become a Regional Driver for Sustainable Energy

This Future Note analyses how Morocco is driving growth in renewable energy in the Middle East and North Africa region. After giving an overview of the electricity sector’s role in de-carbonizing Morocco’s energy system, the [...]

Algeria–Morocco Relations and their Impact on the Maghrebi Regional System

This paper analyses the dynamics of relations between the two regional powers in the Maghrebi sub-regional system: Algeria and Morocco. More specifically, it examines the trajectory of the long and complex interactions between those two [...]

The MENA Region in the Global Energy Markets

This paper explores how the current dynamics in the energy market sector affect, and are affected by, the interactions between the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and the global order. In particular, it [...]

The International NGO Triangle in the MENA Region

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is increasingly embebbed into the global order in the transnational field, namely through the intra- and interregional interactions of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with state actors. The phenomenon [...]

The Mirage of Regionalism in the Middle East and North Africa Post-2011

Existing regional cooperation platforms in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are internally fragmented and largely ineffective. Focusing on the League of Arab States, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the Arab Maghreb [...]

Militarization and Militia-ization: Dynamics of Armed Group Proliferation in Egypt and Libya

This paper analyses the drivers behind some of the different types of proliferation of armed groups in power and politics that have taken place in the Middle East and North Africa after 2011. Based on [...]

Jihadist Groups in North Africa and the Sahel: Between Disintegration, Reconfiguration and Resilience

This paper, based on extensive interviews and fieldwork conducted in North Africa and the Sahel, considers the recent evolution of jihadi organizations in this region, and offers analysis of patterns of competition and violence among [...]

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