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  • Women in the Gulf
    Research Event 11 April 2019 - 10:15am to 5:15pm Clingendael, The Hague Please note the video above is not a recording of the event itself but a series of interviews related to it.This workshop brings together researchers, civil society, public and private sector representatives from across the Gulf countries for a discussion around women in the region. It examines obstacles and opportunities for women in leadership and the workplace and feminist narratives in the Gulf. Event attributes Chatham House Rule Department/project Middle East and North Africa Programme, Future Dynamics ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-05-16
  • Saudi Vision 2030: Balancing Economic Transformation with Youth Expectations
    Invitation Only Research Event 7 June 2019 - 8:15am to 9:15amAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Dr Mark C. Thompson, Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals; Senior Associate Fellow, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic StudiesChair: Dr Sanam Vakil, Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 aims to involve the national citizenry as motivated stakeholders in the kingdom’s transition to a knowledge-based economy. The government's blueprint ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-05-08
  • The Future of Palestine
    Members Event 17 May 2019 - 8:30am to 9:30amAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Dr Riad Malki, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Palestinian National AuthorityChair: Adam Ward, Deputy Director, Chatham House Register Register Register As the current US administration heralds the prospect of brokering a so-called ‘Deal of the Century’ in the Middle East, the foreign minister of the Palestinian National Authority will discuss the future of Palestine.This event will be livestreamed. ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-05-07
  • A Gulf Divided: The Anatomy of a Crisis
    Members Event 6 June 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Dr Courtney Freer, Research Fellow, Middle East Centre, LSEDr Andreas Krieg, Assistant Professor, King's College LondonJane Kinninmont, Head of Programmes, The Elders FoundationChair: Dr Sanam Vakil, Senior Consulting Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House Register Register Register In June 2017, a Saudi-led coalition severed diplomatic relations with Qatar and banned Qatari airplanes and ships from entering their airspace ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-05-02
  • Book review essay: Peace in Afghanistan
    2 May 2019 , Volume 95, Number 3 Ayesha Siddiqa Read online The peace negotiations between the US government and the Taliban are being watched with a lot of caution in Afghanistan and around the world. While a deal will allow American troops to withdraw from the embattled country, there is a genuine worry in Afghan society about facilitating Taliban back into some form of power. The anxiety is partly because the Taliban cannot be neatly separated from other jihadi organizations ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-05-02
  • North African Economies: Enhancing Cooperation and Competitiveness
    Research Event 12 December 2018 - 9:00am to 13 December 2018 - 1:00pm Rabat, Morocco Since 2011, there has been broad consensus that to achieve economic stabilization and prosperity across North Africa, a new transformative economic agenda is necessary. An important dimension of this new agenda is exploring areas for cooperation across the region which will help enhance competitiveness of the growing private sector. From addressing the labour market-skills mismatch, to unlocking the potential of emerging industries, many of the region’s challenges can transition into opportunities.This workshop will examine the current state of cooperation across ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-05-01
  • The Battle for Tripoli
    Members Event 1 May 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Mary Fitzgerald, Researcher and Consultant; Author, The Libyan Revolution and its AftermathTarek Megerisi, Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign RelationsChair: Tim Eaton, Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham HouseFurther speaker to be announced. Register Register The Libyan Arab Armed Forces (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, launched an offensive on the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on 3 April.  The offensive soon ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-04-16
  • Tunisia in an Election Year: What Next?
    Members Event 11 June 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Mehrezia Labidi, First Vice-President, Tunisian National Constituent AssemblyAlia Moubayed, Managing Director, JefferiesChair: Adel Hamazia, Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham HouseFurther speakers to be announced. Register Register Tunisia is widely seen as the sole democratic success story of the Arab Spring uprisings but has struggled in recent years with an economic slowdown and public unrest. The slow progress on reforms has ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-04-16
  • China’s Changing Role in the Middle East
    Corporate Members Event Nominees Breakfast Briefing Partners and Major Corporates 14 May 2019 - 8:00am to 9:15amAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Dr Sanam Vakil, Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham HouseDr Jue Wang, Associate Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programme, Chatham HouseChair: Dr Champa Patel, Head, Asia-Pacific Programme, Chatham House China has traditionally allowed other international actors – notably the United States – to take an active political role in the Middle East. However, with the Belt and Road Initiative ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-04-10
  • Citizenship and Discontent in the Middle East
    Members Event 15 May 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Karl Sharro, Architect and Satirist; Co-Author, Manifesto: Towards a New Humanism in ArchitectureThanassis Cambanis, Senior Fellow, The Century FoundationChair: Dr Lina Khatib, Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House  Register Register In the Middle East, pluralism, tolerance and civil rights appear to be under threat from increasing levels of communal violence, authoritarianism and religious identity politics. In response, a number of citizen-led ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-04-09
  • Iraq’s Transition: In Conversation with Dr Fuad Hussein
    Invitation Only Research Event 9 April 2019 - 10:15am to 11:15amAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Dr Fuad Mohammed Hussein, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Republic of IraqChair: Dr Renad Mansour, Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House Almost a year ago, national elections in Iraq ushered in a new government to steer the country away from conflict and towards reform. Despite considerable progress indicated by economic growth and greater security, the new government faces significant obstacles ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-04-04
  • Chaos States
    This project aims to uncover the local and national structures that emerge during periods of upheaval and conflict, and to examine how they can be used as tools for peace- and state-building and where they pose challenges to post-conflict transformation. In particular, it seeks to map networks of power, legitimacy, trade and resources at a local and national level in two “chaos states” – Iraq and Yemen – and to propose workable policies to secure a more stable political order in both countries.Total and partial collapses of state authority are no longer outliers in the international state system. A growing number ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-04-03
  • Are We Seeing a Second Wave of the Arab Spring?
    22 March 2019 Dr Georges Fahmi Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme @GeorgesFahmi Protesters have been taking to the streets in Sudan and Algeria, drawing parallels to the Arab uprisings in 2011, writes Georges Fahmi. 2019-03-21-Algeria-Protests.jpg Algerians demonstrate against the extension of the mandate of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in Algiers on 19 March 2019. Photo: Getty Images. Over the past few months, protesters have been ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-03-21
  • Dealing with Informality: The Challenge of North Africa’s Borderlands
    Invitation Only Research Event 4 March 2019 - 9:30am to 5 March 2019 - 12:30pm Tunis, Tunisia North African states face significant transnational challenges, including, but not limited to, counterterrorism, migration and illicit trade. The latter includes products and services from drugs and weapons to subsidized and counterfeit goods as well as the smuggling and trafficking of humans. These activities are most prevalent in borderlands where the states in question have often only exercised limited authority over the local populations. There is a policy debate over what should be done to address such activities. Should ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-03-13
  • Mapping the Mappers: Turning Complexity into Policy in Iraq and Yemen
    Invitation Only Research Event 24 January 2019 - 9:30am to 5:00pm Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Mapping has become an increasingly important tool for researchers, analysts, policymakers and operational organizations working on complex, conflict-afflicted environments. This roundtable will gather practitioners and policymakers to discuss network, actor and power mapping in the contexts of Iraq and Yemen. Participants will also examine the gap between local mappers - who gather, analyse and disseminate information - and the policy community.The roundtable forms a part of the Chatham House Middle East and ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-03-12
  • Russia and Iran: Economic Influence in Syria
    8 March 2019 Russia and Iran are the most influential external powers supporting the Assad regime and it is expected that Moscow and Tehran will reap the benefits of Syria’s economic recovery. However, the reality of this dynamic is complicated. Read online Download PDF Sinan Hatahet Senior fellow at Omran Dirasat and the Al Sharq Forum 2019-03-08-RussiaIranAndSyria.jpg Phosphate ore mine near Damascus. Photo credit: Getty Images ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-03-08
  • Webinar: Israel’s Elections – Corruption, Regional Instability and a New Government for Israel?
    Members Event Webinar 8 April 2019 - 1:00pm to 1:30pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Professor Yossi Mekelberg, Senior Consulting Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham HouseGreg Shapland, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House After 10 years in power, Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election hopes have suffered a setback after Israel’s attorney general announced his plans to indict the prime minister following allegations of bribery, breach of trust and fraud. These allegations, coming against a background of regional geopolitical instability and issues around social inequality and organized crime, have put mounting ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-03-06
  • Rebuilding Mali’s army: the dissonant relationship between Mali and its international partners
    1 March 2019 , Volume 95, Number 2 Denis M. Tull Read online Nearly six years after the onset of international intervention in 2013, the security situation in Mali continues to deteriorate. Despite a plethora of security sector assistance initiatives, the Malian army is struggling to become a more effective fighting force. This article analyses security sector assistance by describing local responses to international intervention. Based on original research in Bamako and dozens of interviews with Malian army officers and foreign ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-03-04
  • Rebuilding Mali’s army: the dissonant relationship between Mali and its international partners
    1 March 2019 , Volume 95, Number 2 Denis M. Tull Read online Nearly six years after the onset of international intervention in 2013, the security situation in Mali continues to deteriorate. Despite a plethora of security sector assistance initiatives, the Malian army is struggling to become a more effective fighting force. This article analyses security sector assistance by describing local responses to international intervention. Based on original research in Bamako and dozens of interviews with Malian army officers and foreign ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-03-04
  • Iran’s Syria strategy: the evolution of deterrence
    1 March 2019 , Volume 95, Number 2 Hassan Ahmadian and Payam Mohseni Read online Iran has been a critical player in the Syrian war since 2011, crafting a complex foreign policy and military strategy to preserve its Syrian ally. What have been the drivers of Iranian decision-making in this conflict? And how has Iranian strategy evolved over the course of the war? This article argues that the logic of deterrence has been fundamental not just for shaping the contours of ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-03-04