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Federica Mogherini Key-Note Speech

On March 6th, MENARA and MEDRESET, both H2020 collaborative research projects, have unveiled their findings during a public conference entitled “The Middle East and the EU: New Realities, New Policies” taking place at Egmont Palace. The event has included a key-note speech by the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and [...]

The new opportunities of the MENA region

Eduard Soler y Lecha, Scientific Coordinator of the MENARA project, explains what are the new opportunities of the Middle East and North Africa after three years of research on the geopolitical shifts in the region.

What the EU needs to do in the Middle East

Marc Otte, Senior Research Associate at EGMONT, analyses what the EU needs to do in the Middle East in order to meet the aspirations of its population.

The permeability of the Arab States

«One of the most important things that we are seeing after 2011, is an increased blurring of boundaries between the domestic sphere and the regional level and this is partly because of the return of what we could call ‘the permeable Arab State’» , argues Helle Malmvig, Senior Researcher of the Danish Institute for International [...]

Iran reaction to US withdrawal from the JCPOA

«In the aftermath of US withdrawal from the nuclear deal and the re-imposition of sanctions, the Iranian economy is under tremendous pressure. But I think that Iranians have understood that remaining committed to their obligations under this multilateral agreement is their best option. That’s why they have decided to pursue a strategic patient policy», argues [...]

The Middle East and the EU: New Realities, New Policies

On March 6th, MENARA and MEDRESET, both H2020 collaborative research projects, have unveiled their findings during a public conference entitled "The Middle East and the EU: New Realities, New Policies" taking place at Egmont Palace. The event has included a key-note speech by the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy [...]

Middle East: The impact of the US withdrawal from Syria

In this MENARA Voice, Steven Cook - ENI Senior Research Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies (CFR) - analyzes the impact of the US withdrawal from Syria in the Middle East.  

Menara Closing Ceremony in Rabat!

On the 21st of February 2019, Menara will hold a closing ceremony in Rabat. The conference is organized by Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane and is divided in three sessions. During the conference, the researchers, experts and policymakers will address security issues, with a particular focus on Morocco, and the impact of jihadism in the Sahel and [...]

The Middle East & North Africa: from Napoleon to Trump

  The MENARA project has prepared a series of five timelines with the aim of understanding past trends and events and their impact over the current regional order. The following timelines go over the most important developments in the MENA since the rise of Western influence over the region, at the turn of the 19th Century, until the latest [...]

Framing the Middle-East: challenges and opportunities

"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 Arab countries. But that was the case until June 2017, that has not only turned the GCC as a dysfunctional [...]