CHATHAM HOUSE: MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA

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  • Israel and Palestine: Beyond the Stalemate
    Research Event 7 Nov 2017 - 08:30 to 8 Nov 2017 - 17:30 Jerusalem, Israel Middle East and North Africa Programme, Israel-Palestine: Beyond the Stalemate Body The workshop brings together experts from governments, non-government organizations, the private sector and academia to discuss the future of Israeli–Palestinian relations. Participants will review the standstill in negotiations and trace local, regional and international political developments with regard to conflict resolution. In this context, participants will identify past shortcomings in the peace process and highlight current and future opportunities to reinvigorate negotiations. Particular attention will be paid ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-01-12
  • Driving Economic Growth in the MENA Region: Saudi Arabia, UAE and Iraq
    Invitation Only Research Event 20 Feb 2018 - 09:00 to 13:30Add to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House, London Middle East and North Africa Programme The economies of the MENA region face a number of major challenges in the short to medium term. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have adopted visions attempting to re-orient their economies and introduce far-reaching reforms. They aim to diversify away from oil or oil-based rent, as well as to develop a new, sustainable, economic model that, amongst other things, accommodates rapid demographic growth. Both countries ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-01-09
  • Demystifying the Syrian Conflict
    Invitation Only Research Event 1 Mar 2018 - 08:30 to 18:00Add to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House, London Middle East and North Africa Programme, Syria from Within Seven years into the Syrian conflict, many of the dynamics on the ground in Syria remain misunderstood or misrepresented, leading to oversimplification at best and problematic approaches to the crisis at worst. This conference aims to shed light on the issues that are among the least understood in the Syrian context, including the opacity of regime areas, the composition and motivation of rebel factions, ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-01-08
  • Diphtheria’s Resurgence Is a Lesson in Public Health Failure
    03 January 2018 Dr Michael Edelstein Consultant Research Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security With stronger, more resilient healthcare systems accessible to all, there would be less need for emergency response to disease outbreaks such as diphtheria. Makeshift shelters at the Kutapalong Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh. Poor living conditions makes the transmission of disease more likely. Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images. Dr Gayatri AmirthalingamConsultant Epidemiologist, Public Health England What do a failed South American state, a war-torn Middle Eastern country and a South Asian country with a large refugee population have in common? Not much at ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-01-03
  • Yemen: National Chaos, Local Order
    Project: Middle East and North Africa Programme, Yemen: Reconstruction and DialogueRead online20 December 2017 Peter Salisbury Twitter Senior Consulting Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme Download PDF Yemen has become a ‘chaos state’ – a nominal entity that exists largely as lines on a map and as a concept in newspaper reports and policymaker briefings. A Yemeni boy checks damage following a mortar attack in the city of Taiz, February 2016. Photo: Getty Images. SummaryFlawed perspectivesPopular depictions of Yemen’s three-year-old civil war suggest a chaotic, fractured and polarized country in which the differences between ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2017-12-13
  • Libya: Can the UN-Led Process Succeed?
    Members 24 Jan 2018 - 13:00 to 14:00Add to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House, London Tim Eaton, Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham HouseFurther speakers to be announced. Register Register The Libyan Political Agreement (LPA), which concluded in December 2015, sought to create a unity government to bring an end to Libya’s governance crisis. However, the LPA has not been recognized by the House of Representatives while others, most notably General Khalifa Hafter, commander of the Libyan National Army, also have political aspirations.In seeking ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2017-12-11
  • The Political Economy of the Central Mediterranean Route
    Research Event 5 Jul 2017 - 08:30 to 16:30 Chatham House, London Middle East and North Africa Programme Body Smuggling along historic trade routes between West and North Africa is long-standing and has since the 1990’s adopted increasingly criminalized forms. This workshop seeks to better understand the development of trade and smuggling routes. It will focus in particular on the development of human smuggling and trafficking along the so-called 'Central Mediterranean route' from Niger to Libya, by assessing two case studies of urban centres that function as pivotal hubs to this route: Agadez in ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2017-12-01
  • The Kurdistan Region of Iraq after the Referendum
    Invitation Only Research Event 6 Dec 2017 - 10:00 to 11:00Add to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House, London Middle East and North Africa Programme, Iraq Initiative Bafel Talabani, Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Official; Leading Peshmerga CommanderChair: Neil Quilliam, Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House For Iraq’s Kurds, the 25 September independence referendum has led to more questions than answers. Rather than achieving greater autonomy, they have lost one-fifth of their controlled territory, including most of their oil and gas fields. Amidst the disaster, a ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2017-11-28
  • Rethinking the Sunni Predicament in Iraq
    Invitation Only Research Event 1 Dec 2017 - 10:00 to 11:30 Chatham House, London Middle East and North Africa Programme Event participants Khamis Al-Khanjar, Secretary General , Arab Project in IraqYahya Al-Kubaisi, Independent ExpertChair: Renad Mansour, Research Fellow, MENA Programme, Chatham House Body As Iraq seeks to rebuild itself after ISIS, lawmakers face challenges to restore the livelihoods and confidence of its citizens. Following unprecedented levels of destruction across the predominantly Sunni Arab areas in northern and western Iraq, power vacuums have emerged drawing competition between various leaders seeking to rebuild at ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2017-11-23
  • Cybersecurity of the Sustainable Energy Sector in the GCC
    Invitation Only Research Event 11 Dec 2017 - 09:00 to 17:00Add to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Muscat, Oman International Security Department This meeting explores the landscape of cybersecurity threats against the sustainable energy sector in the GCC and the ways to foster cyber resilience. It will present the current and future challenges which keep emerging with the continuous transformation of the energy sector. It will illustrate these challenges by presenting regional as well as international experiences of cyberattacks against the energy sector.Attendance at this event is by invitation only.  Event contact ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2017-11-01
  • Israel’s Foreign Policy Priorities
    Members 3 Nov 2017 - 09:00 to 10:00 In Conversation with Benjamin Netanyahu Chatham House, London Event participants Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister, State of IsraelChair: Dr Robin Niblett CMG, Director, Chatham House Body The prime minister of Israel discussed his views on the politics and history of the Middle East in a wide-ranging conversation with Robin Niblett. ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2017-10-27
  • National Chaos, Local Order: War Economies and Incentives for Peace
    Invitation Only Research Event 17 Nov 2017 - 15:30 to 17:00 Chatham House, London Middle East and North Africa Programme Event participants Peter Salisbury, Senior Consulting Fellow, MENA Programme, Chatham HouseTim Eaton, Research Fellow, MENA Programme, Chatham HouseRenad Mansour, Research Fellow, MENA Programme, Chatham HouseChair: Dr Lina Khatib, Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House Body This event will present the findings of the upcoming Chatham House paper, Yemen: National Chaos, Local Order, and introduce Middle East and North Africa Programme work streams on war economies, political marketplaces in conflict, and ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2017-10-26
  • The Iran Nuclear Deal: Reflections on the First Two Years
    Members 6 Nov 2017 - 10:00 to 11:00 The Iran Nuclear Deal: Reflections on the First Two Years Chatham House, London Event participants John Kerry, Secretary of State, United States (2013-17)Baroness Ashton of Upholland GCMG PC, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (2009-14)Chair: Dr Patricia Lewis, Research Director, International Security, Chatham House Body The ballot for this event is now closed.On 14 July 2015, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran, the P5+1 and the EU was announced.Over two years later, following ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2017-10-26
  • Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly?
    Members 23 Nov 2017 - 13:00 to 14:00 Chatham House, London Event participants Professor Safwan Masri, Executive Vice President, Global Centers and Global Development, Columbia UniversityChair: Jon Marks, Chairman and Founder, Cross-border Information Body It has been six years since Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution: an event seen by most commentators as the beginning of the Arab Spring.During the subsequent years, Tunisia’s fledgling democracy has passed a new, progressive constitution, held parliamentary elections and brought in the country’s first elected president, whereas many other post-Arab Spring countries across the region have experienced instability and conflict.However, despite ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2017-10-25
  • Qatari Gas in the Post-GCC Crisis Environment
    Invitation Only Research Event 9 Nov 2017 - 17:00 to 18:30 Chatham House, London Energy, Environment and Resources Department, Improving Energy Intensity in the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries Event participants Leslie Palti-Guzman, Director, Global Gas, Rapidan Energy Group Body As the GCC conflict continues, neither on the verge of full resolution nor heading toward military escalation, Qatar’s Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) sector has adapted to a new normal and Doha is doubling down on its LNG market share strategy, targeting an ambitious LNG production goal of 100 mtpa - a 30 per cent increase by 2022-24. Qatar’s ambitious LNG expansion target ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2017-10-20
  • Economic Transformation in North Africa
    This project seeks to explore the socio-economic challenges facing countries across North Africa and how they are able to address them by setting transformative economic agendas.The research focuses particularly on how economic relations with China and Europe can contribute towards efforts by countries in the region to address much needed socio-economic reforms. In countries such as Morocco and Tunisia, there is a strong imperative to address existing socio-economic challenges and regional disparities with more innovative thinking that will offer up greater economic opportunity and inclusive development models.With countries across the region struggling to respond to domestic hardships and global economic challenges in a context of weak regional cooperation, ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2017-10-20
  • Saudi Visit to Moscow Underscores the Middle East’s Flexible Alliances
    05 October 2017 Jane Kinninmont Twitter Deputy Head and Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme The region is not as starkly divided as it is sometimes portrayed. King Salman of Saudi Arabia meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on 5 October. Photo: Getty Images. A popular geopolitical image of the Middle East and North Africa is a region divided starkly into opposing camps. But as the Saudi king’s unprecedented visit to Moscow this week indicates, these days most players prefer to hedge their bets, balancing different relationships and avoiding over-aligning with any single power.There ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2017-10-05
  • Democracy in Tunisia: Challenges and Opportunities
    Invitation Only Research Event 18 Oct 2017 - 09:30 to 11:00 Chatham House, London Middle East and North Africa Programme, Economic Transformation in North Africa Hamza Meddeb, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham HouseRory McCarthy, Fellow by Examination, Oriental Studies, University of OxfordChair: Charles Tripp, Professor Emeritus of Politics, SOAS University of London As Tunisia looks to build upon the progress it has made since the Arab Uprisings of 2011, it must confront a number of pressing political and economic challenges. This roundtable will explore the political and socio-economic ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2017-10-04
  • Governing Diversity: The Future of the Kurds in the Middle East
    Invitation Only Research Event 13 Oct 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30 Chatham House, London Middle East and North Africa Programme Event participants Dr. Faleh A Jabar, Iraq Institute for Strategic StudiesDr. Harriet Allsopp, Middle East Research InstituteDr. Cengiz Gunes, Open UniversityChair: Dr. Renad Mansour, Chatham House Body The event marks the conclusion of a three-year field-oriented research project that looks at the challenges of Kurdish representation in Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran. The project is funded by Canada’s IDRC.Attendance at this event is by invitation only.  Event attributes Chatham House Rule ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2017-09-28
  • End of Saudi Women Driving Ban Reflects Deep Changes in Society
    28 September 2017 Jane Kinninmont Twitter Deputy Head and Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme The role of Saudi women is already much more diverse and heterogeneous than is commonly assumed, as a new generation grows up with different economic expectations. Activist Manal Al Sharif, who has long campaigned for Saudi women's right to drive. Photo by Marwan Naamani/AFP/Getty Images The decision to allow women to drive in Saudi Arabia is a rare good-news headline from the Middle East. King Salman has said it is to take effect from June 2018; the delay seems intended to ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2017-09-28