CHATHAM HOUSE: MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA

News feeds from Chatham House.

Chathum House: Middle East & North Africa

  • The Role of Iraq’s Parliament: A Conversation with Mohammed al-Halbousi
    Invitation Only Research Event 29 January 2019 - 9:00am to 10:30amAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Mohammed al-Halbousi, Speaker of the Council of Representatives, Republic of Iraq Chair: Renad Mansour, Chatham House Following last summer’s elections, protests and prolonged government formation, Iraq now has a new prime minister, president and speaker of parliament. Yet – and despite an improved security situation following victory over ISIS – the country faces challenges in re-building state institutions, reconstructing recently-liberated areas and moving past the 15-year cycle of ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-01-15
  • Yemen in 2019: A Look Ahead
    Members Event 23 January 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Farea Al-Muslimi, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham HouseGhaidaa Alrashidy, Assistant Researcher, Sanaa Center for Strategic StudiesPeter Salisbury, Senior Consulting Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham HouseChair: Dr Lina Khatib, Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House Register Register Under increased international pressure, the Houthis and the government of Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi agreed to ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-01-10
  • The Future of Syria: Towards Inclusive Peacebuilding
    Invitation Only Research Event 15 March 2019 - 8:45am to 6:30pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE The Syrian conflict’s continuation reveals the level of complexity in finding a road map to achieving sustainable peace, while Syria rapidly loses its human, social, physical, financial and natural assets. The international community’s efforts focus mainly on the balancing of power between fighting parties and on short-term stabilization instead of negotiating an inclusive peace agreement.This conference brings together policymakers, experts, academics and civil society leaders to identify ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-01-08
  • Iraq in 2019: New Leadership, Same Problems?
    Corporate Members Event Nominees Breakfast Briefing Partners and Major Corporates 16 January 2019 - 8:00am to 9:15amAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Professor Toby Dodge, Iraq Research Director, Conflict Research Programme, LSEDr Renad Mansour, Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham HouseSamya Kullab, Senior Correspondent, Iraq Oil Report (via Skype) Iraq’s recent peaceful transition of executive power to a newly formed government has been heralded by some commentators as a positive step towards better governance for a country mired in ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-12-13
  • Lebanon: A Vision for the Future
    Members Event 13 December 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Saad Hariri, Prime Minister of Lebanon Register Register The prime minister of Lebanon will discuss his vision for the future of his country and its wider role in the region.This event will be livestreamed. Members Events Team Email ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-11-27
  • Webinar: Can New Leadership Fix Iraq’s Broken Politics?
    Members Event Webinar 11 December 2018 - 11:30am to 12:00pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Online Professor Toby Dodge, Iraq Research Director, Conflict Research Programme, LSEDr Renad Mansour, Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House   Over the past few months, the Iraqi parliament has elected a new prime minister, president and parliamentary speaker. But can electoral change bring political change to Iraq? Internal fragmentation within the Shia, Sunni and Kurdish blocs may have complicated the familiar backroom dealing. However, the same political parties and individuals – governed by the muhassasa (ethno-sectarian ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-11-22
  • Egypt and the UK: Opportunities for Trade and Investment
    Invitation Only Research Event 28 November 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Nadia El Kholy, Senior Consultant, Knowledge WingsMaged Ezzeldin, Senior Country Partner, PwC EgyptChair: Neil Quilliam, Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House Egypt has a population approaching 100 million and a growing economy projected to expand by 5.3 per cent in 2018. The country has also just risen 8 places in the World Bank Doing Business Index. It therefore presents huge opportunities ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-11-19
  • Understanding Iran’s Foreign Policy Strategy and Internal Debate
    Invitation Only Research Event 5 December 2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Dr Seyed Salman Safavi, Director, International Peace Studies CentreChair: Dr Sanam Vakil, Senior Consulting Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House Iran is under renewed international pressure due to the imposition of US sanctions alongside a multilateral regional effort to contain Iranian influence. The speaker at this roundtable will discuss the ramifications of these new sanctions and shed light on the internal policy ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-11-07
  • Iran, its clients, and the future of the Middle East: the limits of religion
    6 November 2018 , Volume 94, Number 6 Afshon Ostovar Read online Iran has steadily expanded its strategic influence across the Middle East in large part due to its cultivation of a network of foreign co-religionist militant clients. Those clients have enabled Iran to fight adversaries by proxy in Iraq, Syria and Yemen. Iran's growing regional influence is often credited to the shared religious ties and loyalties of its clients. This article challenges that notion by examining Iran's post-1979 track record ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-11-06
  • Iran’s New Foreign Policy Challenges
    Members Event 6 November 2018 - 8:30am to 9:30amAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Ambassador Seyed M Kazem Sajjadpour, Deputy Foreign Minister, Islamic Republic of Iran; President, Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS) Register Register The deputy foreign minister of Iran will discuss Iran’s new foreign policy challenges following fresh US sanctions.This event will be livestreamed. Members Events Team Email ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-11-01
  • Russia-Saudi Arabia Relations and the Fallout from the Skripal and Khashoggi Cases
    Invitation Only Research Event 16 November 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Nikolay Kozhanov, Academy Associate, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham HouseChris Miller, Director, Eurasia Program, Foreign Policy Research Institute; Assistant Professor of International History, Fletcher School, Tufts UniversityNicholas Trickett, Editor-in-Chief, BMB Russia, Eurasia Researcher, AKE InternationalDr Sanam Vakil, Senior Consulting Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham HouseChair: James Nixey, Head, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House Despite numerous differences between the two countries, the state-authorized murder ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-10-26
  • US Military Policy in the Middle East: An Appraisal
    18 October 2018 Despite significant financial expenditure and thousands of lives lost, a fundamental shift in policy remains unimaginable at present. Read online Download PDF Micah Zenko Whitehead Senior Fellow, US and the Americas Programme, Chatham House @MicahZenko 2018-10-18-us-military-policy-middle-east.jpg Members of the Petroleum Oils and Lubricants (POL) squadron at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing take a break from replacing a 50,000-gallon fuel bladder in support of Operation ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-10-16
  • Deal or No Deal: What Challenges Face the Palestinian People?
    Invitation Only Research Event 1 November 2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Naser Al Shaer, Professor of Islamic Law, An Najah University; Minister of Education and Deputy Prime Minister, Palestinian Authority (2006-07) Chair: Isobel Scott-Barrett, Programme Officer, Forward Thinking The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is defined by a long-standing political impasse, stagnating Palestinian political reconciliation efforts and uncertainty over the Trump administration's actions. In such a context, where do the Palestinian people go from here?At this roundtable, Dr Naser Al Shaer ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-10-15
  • Qatar’s Foreign Policy: Balancing New Alliances in a Contested Region
    Members 22 October 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE HE Lolwah R M Al-Khater, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State of QatarDr Abdullah Baabood, Director, Gulf Studies Center, Qatar UniversityDr Courtney Freer, Research Officer, Middle East Centre, LSEHelen Lackner, Research Associate, London Middle East Institute, SOASChair: Dr Neil Quilliam, Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House  Register Register Following the Arab Spring, Qatar saw an opportunity to move away ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-10-05
  • Syria’s Transactional State: How the Conflict Changed the Syrian State’s Exercise of Power
    Invitation Only Research Event 22 October 2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Lina Khatib, Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham HouseLina Sinjab, Consulting Senior Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham HouseChair: Ruth Citrin, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House As debate on the Syrian conflict migrates towards discussions of reconstruction, stabilization and resilience, there is an implied assumption that Bashar al-Assad’s regime is 'winning' the war and that the Syrian state ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-10-04
  • Voices of Jordan: The Kingdom in the Centre of the Middle East
    Members 31 October 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Imad El-Anis, Senior Lecturer, Nottingham Trent UniversityRana F. Sweis, Journalist and Author, Voices of Jordan; Stanton Fellow, Arab Institute for Security StudiesChair: Dr Neil Quilliam, Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House Register Register Jordan’s diverse socioeconomic make-up encapsulates, like no other state in the region, both the array of pressing short-term problems facing the region and the underlying challenges that Arab states ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-10-02
  • Syria’s Transactional State: How the Conflict Changed the Syrian State’s Exercise of Power
    10 October 2018 The Syrian regime has become increasingly reliant on profiteers and external actors – specifically, Russia and Iran – pursuing their own interests. Read online Download PDF Dr Lina Khatib Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House @LinaKhatibUK Lina Sinjab Consulting Senior Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme @bbclinasinjab LinkedIn ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-09-28
  • America and the Middle East Since 9/11
    Corporate Members Director's Breakfast Briefing Partners and Major Corporates 4 December 2018 - 8:00am to 9:15amAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Colin Kahl, Co-Director and Steven C. Házy Senior Fellow, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University; Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to the Vice President, US (2014-17) Since 11 September 2001, the Middle East has been at the forefront of US foreign policy. Colin Kahl will unpack how the three very different administrations since then – those of presidents George ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-09-25
  • The Role of the Judiciary in Iraq
    Invitation Only Research Event 1 October 2018 - 3:30pm to 5:00pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Faiq Zaidan, Chief Justice, Republic of IraqChair: Lina Khatib, Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House The 2018 government formation process in Iraq has been marred by uncertainty and disagreement following the unexpected results of the parliamentary elections in May. The political chaos over the past month has revealed the need for an independent judiciary to implement the rule of law and to hold the ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-09-19
  • The soft power–soft disempowerment nexus: the case of Qatar
    10 September 2018 , Volume 94, Number 5 Read online Paul Michael Brannagan and Richard Giulianotti There are four areas in which soft power is open to critical scrutiny. First, research has centred on large and/or developed nations, notably in North America, Europe, east Asia and the BRICs. Second, scholars have called for greater clarity of the concept, noting that it lacks clear explanation of how instances of attraction equate to various power outcomes. Third, others suggest Joseph Nye ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-09-10