Menara Voices

Syrian refugee crisis: the role of international civil society

Bassam Al Kuwaiti, Managing Director of RMTeam International, explains what is the role of international civil society on responding to the Syrian refugee crisis during the MENARA Stakeholders Meeting.

The role of International Organizations in the MENA region

Tarik Yousef - Director of Brookings Doha Center "International organizations are facing a major challenge in engaging with the Middle-East. The region is now engulfed in geopolitical competitions, internal clashes and a lack of consensus on what development and politics means. I can’t think of a time in the last fifteen years when so many [...]

The MENA Region and the Energy Global Dynamics

Emanuela Menichetti, Director of the Electricity and Renewable Energy Division – Observatoire Méditerranéen de l’Énergie (OME) «Is the MENA region clearly embedded in the dynamics of the global energy dynamics or is the role of the MENA countries becoming the more and more peripheral? One of the main trends is the unconventional fossil fuel revolution: [...]

“Future Research”: an essential instrument of the MENARA project

Edgar Göll is Co-Head of Research of the cluster “Future Studies and Participation” - Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment (IZT) «Future Research is among the most modern approaches that are capable to influence decision-makers. And I think that for MENARA is very useful: the project deals with a complicated region with different countries [...]

The Syrian War: The main challenge to achieve a lasting resolution

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 three different levels: the domestic, the regional and the global level. In order to solve the crisis and have a [...]

China’s role in the MENA region

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 see a Chinese foreign policy economically driven and this comes hand-in-hand with a depoliticized approach toward the region. Beijing has [...]

Istanbul meeting: What are the main challenges of Turkish foreign policy today?

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 [...]

Istanbul Meeting: the main environmental challenges the region will face in the future

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 [...]

Istanbul meeting: The cosmic struggle between Islam and the West

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 [...]

Istanbul meeting: Identity politics in the Middle East

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 [...]