This background paper on material factors in the MENA region selects key datasets for understanding past and present demographic, environmental, energy, economic and military transformations. It introduces the key literature relating to each factor and it identifies the most appropriate databases to assess the conditions in the MENA region. Using these databases, the ways in [...]
By Nizar Messari This paper evaluates the importance of ideas, norms and identities in the MENA region. The basic assumption is that ideas, norms and identities matter in world politics in general, and in the MENA region in particular. After presenting an overview of the debate on these concepts in the field of international relations, [...]
December 5, Brussels, Belgium DG RTD, Unit Open and Inclusive Societies hosted a conference “Europe as a Global Actor” on December 5, 2016. During this conference the representatives of projects selected under the Societal Challenge 6 of Horizon 2020 in the 2015 call presented their understanding of a number of research problems they investigate – [...]
Sabiha Senyücel Gündoğar and Aybars Görgülü This Future Note* prepared within the scope of the MENARA project aims to provide a brief outlook to the energy relations between Israel and Turkey. Following a six years of rupture in bilateral relations, Turkey and Israel signed a reconciliation agreement on June 2016 in order to normalize relations. Several developments have [...]
A New MENARA Future notes By Robert Springborg. The US presidential elections of 8 November 2016 will see two different visions of America’s future confronting one another. While most of the presidential debates have focussed on domestic issues, including the economy, trade issues and societal polarisation, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has typically [...]
Ifrane, Morocco, Tuesday, October 25, 2016 On the occasion of the restricted MENARA project workshop (WP2: Norms, identities and values and their role in shaping the regional order in the MENA), the School of Humanities and Social Sciences of Al Akhawayn University, partner in the MENARA project, organised a conference under the title of “Impacting [...]
“How can Europe support the MENA region to achieve water, energy and food security in the 21st century?”
MENARA London workshop on the 20th of October 2016 Key-note by Prof Tony Allan, KCL followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr Mark Mulligan, KCL Dr Amiera Sawas, Imperial College Dr Eckart Woertz, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB) Dr Emanuela Menichetti, Observatoire Méditerranéen de l'Energie (OME) Dr Marin Keulertz, American University of Beirut [...]
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".