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West Bank: Israeli Strategy in the West Bank. Divide et Impera

The West Bank is a land-locked area sealed off by Israel to its north, south and west; and Jordan to the East. It was entirely occupied by Israel in 1967 (including East Jerusalem), with over 200 settlements illegal built today supporting a total Jewish population of over 600.000. Israel has further annexed thousands of hectares [...]

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 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 [...]

MENARA Gender Report

On Nov. 8/9, our expert Katerina Dalacoura (Associate Professor in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science) has presented at the Kayseri Üniversitesi and the Van Yüzüncü Yil University (Turkey) a report on gender in the Middle East and North Africa region being prepared for MENARA. The presentation has offered a 'map' of the situation of women in [...]

Driving Social and Economic Development in the MENA Region: The Role of International Organizations

On Nov. 15,  MENARA held a stakeholders’ meeting in Istanbul. The meeting was organized by our partner PODEM and has discussed the role and impact of international organizations in fostering growth and development of MENA, while looking at the key political, social and economic challenges/opportunities the region embraces. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region continues to be a [...]

The Menara Project has attended the 2018 BRISMES Conference!

The MENARA Project partners organized a panel on ‘The Impact of Changing Identities and Ideologies on Regional Order in the Post-2011 Middle East and North Africa’ at the 2018 BRISMES Conference held at King’s College London on 28 June 2018. The goal of the panel was to disseminate and discuss some of the results of [...]

The MENARA Project disseminating results at the European Workshops in International Studies

Between June 6th and 8th, four researchers of the MENARA Project participated at the 5th European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS), organized by the European International Studies Association (EISA) at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. In the framework of a panel aiming at rethinking regional order in the Middle East after the invasion of [...]

The MENARA project updates

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 [...]

«Orders and Disorders in the Middle East»

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 [...]