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 [...]
Eduard Soler i Lecha: "We want to grasp whether the countries and societies are likely to move towards a more conflict driven situation or will be able to be more cohesive. If we will witness an always more fragmented region or if some move towards a more are we facing a more fragmented region, [...]
"When the revolutions started the focus was on removing the president. The revolutionaries hoped that by removing Mubarak, for instance, change will automatically come. This assumption was not borne out by reality...."
"Looking at the region through sectarianism offers a limited perspective. Sectarianism has of course a place among people but it has now started to be used by regional powers as an instrument in their quest of regional influence and power".
“On the surface it looks like alliances we have in the region are very much structured along sectarian lines, especially recently because Saudi Arabia managed to rally many of the Sunni states behind him in its rivalry with Iran”.
"Since 1998 is the most militarised region in the world. This militarisation took off in 2011, with the Arab uprisings and worringly continues to develop..."