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The MENARA project in the German Federal Foreign Office

On March 6, 2017 the MENARA Project was presented to the foreign policy experts and decision-makers from the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. IZT Team members had the chance to present and discuss the goals of the project with experts dealing with the Mediterranean and the Middle East, European affairs and other relevant issues. [...]

April 24th, 2017|News|

Discussion of MENARA future note “A new phase in Turkish foreign policy: expediency and AKP survival”

4 April 2017, King’s College The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) and the King’s College London Diplomacy Society hosted a joint panel discussion event on 4 April at King’s College London entitled ‘Referendum in Turkey: Presidential Systems, the Economy and Foreign Policy’. Dr Gulcin Ozkan, Professor of Economics at the University of York, and Dr [...]

April 6th, 2017|News|

Presenting the MENARA Project at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

On Wednesday 22 February 2017, IAI’s research team held a policy-briefing at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to present goals, methodology and outputs of the MENARA Project. The meeting was attended by policymakers from a number of offices charged with the political, economic and humanitarian dimensions of Italian foreign policy towards [...]

February 24th, 2017|News|

The MENARA project in the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

On Tuesday 17 January, the MENARA Project was presented to the Spanish foreign policy decision-makers from the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. CIDOB’s Research Team had the chance to discuss the goals of the project with diplomats dealing with the Mediterranean and the Middle East, European affairs and Policy Planning. A member of [...]

January 25th, 2017|News|

Material Factors for the MENA Region: Data Sources, Trends and Drivers

This background paper on material factors in the MENA region selects key datasets for understanding past and present demographic, environmental, energy, economic and military transformations. It introduces the key literature relating to each factor and it identifies the most appropriate databases to assess the conditions in the MENA region. Using these databases, the ways in [...]

December 29th, 2016|News|

On the Importance of Ideas, Identities and Values in the MENA region

By Nizar Messari This paper evaluates the importance of ideas, norms and identities in the MENA region. The basic assumption is that ideas, norms and identities matter in world politics in general, and in the MENA region in particular. After presenting an overview of the debate on these concepts in the field of international relations, [...]

December 28th, 2016|News|

Europe as a Global Actor – H2020 Conference

December 5, Brussels, Belgium DG RTD, Unit Open and Inclusive Societies hosted a conference “Europe as a Global Actor” on December 5, 2016. During this conference the representatives of projects selected under the Societal Challenge 6 of Horizon 2020 in the 2015 call presented their understanding of a number of research problems they investigate – [...]

November 29th, 2016|News|

Re-conceptualizing Orders in the MENA Region. The Analytical Framework of the MENARA Project

The aim of this work is to set the conceptual architecture for the MENARA Project. It is articulated in five thematic sections. The first one traces back the major historical junctures in which key powers shaped the defining features of the present-day MENA region. Section 2 sets the geographical scope of the project, maps the distribution of power [...]

November 24th, 2016|News|

Energy Relations between Turkey and Israel

Sabiha Senyücel Gündoğar and Aybars Görgülü This Future Note* prepared within the scope of the MENARA project aims to provide a brief outlook to the energy relations between Israel and Turkey. Following a six years of rupture in bilateral relations, Turkey and Israel signed a reconciliation agreement on June 2016 in order to normalize relations. Several developments have [...]

November 7th, 2016|News|

The New US President. Implications for the Middle East and North Africa

A New MENARA Future notes By Robert Springborg. The US presidential elections of 8 November 2016 will see two different visions of America’s future confronting one another. While most of the presidential debates have focussed on domestic issues, including the economy, trade issues and societal polarisation, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has typically [...]

October 12th, 2016|News|