Today 68,5 million people are forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of conflict, persecution, violence, or human rights violations. Where does the Mena region stand? Watch our infographic!
On June 5, 2017, Saudi Arabia and its allies Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced almost simultaneously that they were severing diplomatic ties with Qatar. One year after the start of the biggest diplomatic crisis in the Gulf, who is the winner? Watch our infographic!
In April 2018, the team of the Menara project met in Budapest. They discussed the erosion of State capacities, the robustness of authoritarianism, the militarisation of contentious politics and the State and non-State actors that are shaping the future of the region. Until now, 160 interviews have been conducted in countries such as Mali, Iraq and [...]
The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) and the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), in cooperation with the Barcelona Center for International Affairs (CIDOB) and the Corvinus University of Budapest, have the pleasure to invite you to the conference entitled "Orders and Disorders in the Middle East and North Africa". Over the past decade, the MENA region have witnessed profound geopolitical shifts, prompting extraordinary [...]
Galip Dalay – Al Sharq Forum, Turkey «When we talk about Turkish foreign policy we are talking about Turkey regional policy; and when we talk about Turkey regional policy we are talking about Iraq and Syria; and when we talk about Iraq and Syria we are talking about northern Iraq and northern Syria. So this [...]
Martin Keulertz, King’s College London, UK: «This region is seeing a population explosion. So over the next few decades we will see a dramatic population increase which means that in this MENA region – including Iran, Sudan and Mauritania, Turkey – we will see up to 1 million people living here in 2100. This means [...]
Katerina Dalacoura - London School of Economics, UK: «The idea that there is a cosmic struggle between Islam and the west has been reinforced at a global level. This happened mainly through terrorism but what we are seeing really is that there has been the construction of an issue with regards to Islam and the [...]
Djalill Lounas – al Akhawayn University «When we analyze the dynamics of conflicts in North Africa among the jihadists we notice that the dynamics of competition among the jihadist groups that exist in the Middle East – for example al Qaida and Isis – have repercussions in North Africa». Hamza Meddeb – European Institute of [...]
Nathalie Tocci - Istituto Affari Internazionali, It: «When it comes to Europe and this part of the world any policy has to start from premises. And premise number one is the point about understanding, in a much more granular way, local dynamics. And this is something EU delegations cannot do on their own and can do [...]
In the framework of MENARA’s second plenary meeting, PODEM organized a public conference titled “Middle East and North Africa Regional Architecture” in collaboration with Kadir Has University in Istanbul on May 15, 2017. The one-day conference at Kadir Has University gathered international and local experts for a fruitful discussion on the changing political, social and [...]