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Fact-Finding Missions in a Nuthshell

One year, 269 Interviews, 29 countries. With this infographic you will learn more about the specifics of this remarkable effort, conducted by the project’s partners, to capture the regional perspectives on the EU’s role in the MENA region.

Gaza Strip: the Long-Standing Israeli Policy of Isolation, Separation and Siege of Gaza

The following map depicts the main access points to the Gaza Strip, the narrow territory where 2 million people (mostly refugees and young people) live in only 365 km2. Gaza’s residents have been increasingly isolated from the rest of the Palestinian territories and under direct Israeli military occupation from 1967 to 2005. Because of this [...]

Arms Trade in the Mena: Who Are the Main Clients of the Great Powers?

The MENA region is said to be one of the biggest arms markets in the world. Regional conflicts and domestic security concerns allegedly justify the need for importing new military equipment. But weapons purchases are also a way of building – or diversifying – alliances with world powers, thus positioning oneself in accordance to or [...]

Menara Project Results

On March 31st 2019, the Menara project ended. In this video, we present the main results and takeaways of our research.      

What the EU needs to do in the Mediterranean

In this video, Anoush Eshtehami, Professor of International Relations in the School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University, analyses what the EU needs to do in the Mediterranean.

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 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 [...]

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 [...]