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  • 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
  • How Can a Palestinian-Israeli Confederation Enable the Two-State Solution?
    Invitation Only 20 September 2018 - 6:15pm to 7:30pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Regent's University | Inner Circle| London | NW1 4NS Yossi Beilin, Minister of Justice (1999-2001), State of IsraelChair: Yossi Mekelberg, Senior Consulting Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House Yossi Beilin, the initiator of the 'Oslo Process' and former Israeli justice minister, will reflect on the current state of relations between Israelis and Palestinians. He will outline his ideas on establishing an Israeli-Palestinian confederation as an enabler of a two-state solution, which takes into consideration the changing circumstances ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-09-05
  • Iran and the GCC: Hedging, Pragmatism and Opportunism
    13 September 2018 Iran’s relations with the Gulf states are guided by opportunism rather than an overarching strategy. Read online Download PDF Dr Sanam Vakil Senior Consulting Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme @SanamVakil Iran and the GCC: Hedging, Pragmatism and Opportunism SummaryThe withdrawal of the US from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has renewed international attention on ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-09-04
  • Countering War Economies in MENA
    This project seeks to understand the respective role played by military, economic and political actors in the development of war economies in the Middle East and North Africa, where many such actors are invested in the perpetuation of war to sustain their revenue streams. The collapse of central authority across states in the Middle East and North Africa has led to a fragmentation of power and contributed to the development of entrenched war economies that in many cases incentivise violence.In Syria, conflict has paved the way for new groups and elites to control territory and generate revenues. In Yemen ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-09-03
  • North Africa Dialogues
    This initiative seeks to create a forum for constructive, policy-driven debate among leaders from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt to engage in a dialogue series on areas of mutual economic and security interest. North African states share many similar political, economic and security challenges yet there is currently limited cooperation among them. Transforming North African countries’ economic agendas is important for their long-term sustainability.The economies of these countries remain plagued by dependence on the public sector for employment while private enterprise struggles to grow. Years of economic and social underdevelopment threaten to undermine stability within the region.The poor level ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-09-03
  • Saudi Perceptions Towards Iran: Continuity or Change
    Invitation Only Research Event 18 September 2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Mohammed Alsulami, Professor of Iranian Studies, Umm al Qura University; Head, Rasanah: International Institute for Iranian StudiesSanam Vakil, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham HouseChair: Neil Quilliam, Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House Saudi-Iranian tensions have been on the rise since January 2017 when Riyadh broke diplomatic relations with Iran over the storming of the Saudi embassy in Tehran. Since ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-08-22
  • Israeli–Palestinian Peacemaking: What Can We Learn from Previous Efforts?
    Invitation Only Research Event 13 September 2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Yossi Mekelberg, Senior Consulting Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham HouseGreg Shapland, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham HouseChair: Rosemary Hollis, Visiting Professor of International Relations, City, University of London Those trying to achieve peace between Israel and Palestinians have sought to devise ways of tackling the core issues of the conflict, namely, Jerusalem, refugees, security, borders and settlements.  Several different approaches have been ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-08-22
  • A Weapon of War? Sexual Violence in the Syrian Conflict
    Members 6 September 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:15pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Charu Lata Hogg, Associate Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programme, Chatham HouseDr Rahaf Aldoughli, Lecture, Modern Middle Eastern History, the University of Manchester; Visiting Fellow, Middle East Centre, LSESarah Cotton, Public Affairs and Policy Advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Register Register The armed conflict in Syria has resulted in a humanitarian crisis in which the civilian population has suffered daily threats to their lives, dignity and well-being. ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-07-24
  • Israeli–Palestinian Peacemaking: What Can We Learn From Previous Efforts?
    24 July 2018 It is important for Israel’s leaders to recognize clearly that their country’s central conflict is with the Palestinians, not with the Arab states (or Iran).  Download PDF Professor Yossi Mekelberg Senior Consulting Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme Twitter Greg Shapland Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-07-19
  • Iran Nuclear Deal: Can it Survive Without the US?
    Members Webinar 24 July 2018 - 10:00am to 10:30amAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Online Richard Whitman, Associate Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham HouseSanam Vakil, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House Following President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the JCPOA, this webinar will analyse how Europe could develop a response to the reinstatement of sanctions and what the possible implications of this might be for Iran and the wider region. Can the JCPOA survive without the participation of the US or is it likely that that Iran will move away from compliance with the ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-07-18
  • Iran and the Region: A Changing Role?
    20 April 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE This one-day workshop brings together policymakers, research analysts and academics to discuss the changing dynamics within Iran, its evolving relationships with its neighbours and the future of its role in the region. Read the meeting summary.  Event attributes Chatham House Rule Department/project Middle East and North Africa Programme, Iran Forum ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-07-09
  • The Reconstruction of Iraq: Lessons from Mosul
    Members 9 July 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE London Event participants Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, United Arab EmiratesDr Renad Mansour, Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham HouseLouise Haxthausen, Director, UNESCO Office for IraqChair: Dr Lina Khatib, Head of Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House After several years under ISIS rule, the city of Mosul may be liberated but it remains in ruins. The prospects of the post-conflict stage will therefore centre ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-06-27
  • Voices of the People: Public Opinion in Iraq and Syria
    Members 5 July 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE London Event participants Sawsan Abou Zainedin, Syrian Architect and Urban Development Practitioner; Syria ProjectCoordinator, InternewsJohnny Heald, CEO, ORB International; Vice President, Gallup InternationalDr Munqith M Dagher, President and Chairman, IIACSS(Al Mustakilla) Research Group; Vice President, Gallup InternationalHaid Haid, Consulting Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham HouseChair: Professor Eleanor Robson, Director, Nahrein Network, University College London  Drawing on monthly face-to-face opinion polls of 1000 adults and other quantitative and qualitative field research in ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-06-22
  • Chatham House Expert Perspectives 2018: Risks and Opportunities in International Affairs
    19 June 2018 In the first of a new annual series, Chatham House experts examine how aspects of the established order in global affairs are shifting. Read online Download PDF Adam Ward (Commissioning Editor) Deputy Director, Chatham House 2017-08-17-chatham-house.JPG Chatham House exterior. Photo: Chatham House, London. There is a sense that the established order in global affairs is shifting. The rules, norms and institutions that have ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-06-14
  • Jordan: Regime Survival and Politics Beyond the State
    Members 26 June 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House, London Dr Curtis R. Ryan, Professor of Political Science, Department of Government and Justice Studies, Appalachian State UniversityFurther speakers to be announced. Register Register As uprisings spread across the Middle East in 2011, Jordan remained relatively stable in comparison to its regional counterparts. Despite conflict on its borders, the rise of ISIS and a large influx of refugees as a result of the Syrian civil war, Jordan has managed to avoid political upheaval and meaningful ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-06-01
  • The Arrests of Saudi Women’s Driving Activists Underlines the Limits of Reforms
    22 May 2018 Jane Kinninmont Deputy Head and Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme Twitter The arrest of Saudis who campaigned for women’s right to drive is a reminder of the autocratic nature of the kingdom’s political leadership, even as it embarks on a process of social and economic liberalization. 2018-05-22-saudi-women.jpg A Saudi woman puts on her seat belt during a driving lesson in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on 7 March ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-05-22
  • Cybercrime Legislation in the GCC: Fit for Purpose?
    Invitation Only Research Event 14 June 2018 - 3:30pm to 5:00pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House, London Joyce Hakmeh, Research Fellow, International Security Department, Chatham House; Co-Editor, Journal of Cyber Policy Over the past few years, most member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have enacted or updated cybercrime laws as part of efforts to address what is acknowledged as a growing security threat. Although currently the preferred way to address this threat in the region is through investment in technology, there is an increasing awareness among the region’s policymakers of ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-05-17
  • By Pulling Out of Nuclear Deal, Trump Hands Gift to Iranian Hardliners
    9 May 2018 Dr Sanam Vakil Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme Twitter The US president has given hardline political elites a unique opportunity to build on Iranian frustration. 2018-05-09-Iran.jpg An Iranian woman walks past a mural on the wall of the former US embassy in Tehran. Photo: Getty Images. For Iranians, Donald Trump’s announcement that he is withdrawing the US from the nuclear deal ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-05-09
  • The intra-GCC crises: mapping GCC fragmentation after 2011
    4 May 2018 , Volume 94, Number 3 Cinzia Bianco and Gareth Stansfield Read online If shared security perceptions were the foundation of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), 2011 might be analysed as the watershed year in which the GCC began to fragment from within. Both the 2014 and 2017 intra-GCC crises were manifestations of conflicting security perceptions, formed across the GCC countries in and since 2011. Through an in-depth analysis of the events and of the subsequent reaction of the ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-05-04