CHATHAM HOUSE: MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA

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  • 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
  • What authoritarianism is… and is not: a practice perspective
    4 May 2018 , Volume 94, Number 3 Marlies Glasius Read online This article highlights three main problems with current conceptualizations of authoritarianism: they constitute a negative or residual category, focus excessively on elections and assume that authoritarianism is necessarily a state-level phenomenon. Such ‘regime classifications’ cannot help us comment intelligently on public concerns that politicians like President Rodrigo Duterte, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Prime Minister Viktor Orban or President Donald Trump are essentially ‘authoritarian’ leaders. This article proposes that, in ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-05-04
  • The Politics of Personality in the Middle East
    Members 21 May 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE London Anshel Pfeffer, Journalist, Ha'aretz; Correspondent, The EconomistFurther speakers to be announced. Register Register From Trump, Modi and Xi to Putin, Orban, Sisi and Duterte, ‘strongmen’ leaders appear to be enjoying a political resurgence. At a time when the international system is in flux, styles of leadership around the world are both adapting to this change while simultaneously altering the established dynamic of foreign relations.The ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-05-02
  • Human Rights and Reconstruction in Syria
    Invitation Only Research Event 25 May 2018 - 2:30pm to 5:30pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House, London Although the conflict in Syria continues unabated, there has already been a shift of focus onto Syria’s reconstruction. Many international actors have refused to contribute to Syria’s reconstruction until a political strategy towards settlement is negotiated. Some are unsure of how to proceed, and others have expressed interest. While Syrians are entitled to having their country rebuilt, participating in reconstruction in Syria may support the narrative that the conflict is over and thus weaken the ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-04-27
  • Changing and Contesting Gender Norms in the Gulf
    Invitation Only Research Event 1 May 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:30pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House, London Sumayah Fatani, Ministry of Labour and Social Development, Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaDina Hussein, Independent AnalystFatma Al Arimi, Independent JournalistChair: Jane Kinninmont, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House Gender norms in the Gulf are being changed and challenged by generational and societal change, including the effects of a major expansion of education for women and by policy changes, often driven by economic imperatives. To what extent is there consensus among women on some of these ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-04-11
  • Libya’s War Economy: Predation, Profiteering and State Weakness
    12 April 2018 As Libya's war economy persists, prospects for the restoration of functioning central governance become more distant. Download PDF Tim Eaton Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme Twitter LinkedIn Libya’s War Economy: Predation, Profiteering and State Weakness SummaryLibya suffers from interlinked political, security and economic crises that are weakening state institutions, damaging its economy and facilitating the continued existence of ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-04-09
  • Iranian Foreign Policy: Prospects for Change
    Members 9 May 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House, London Mahmood Sariolghalam, Professor of International Relations, Shahid Beheshti University, the National University of IranDr Sanam Vakil, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham HouseFurther speakers to be announced. Register Register The January protests in the streets of Tehran highlighted a set of economic and political frustrations currently felt by the Iranian people. While Iran’s government faces challenges in addressing these frustrations with domestic policy, the country’s foreign policy stance and actions have remained ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-04-05
  • Narratives and Perceptions of the EU in Ukraine, Israel and Palestine
    Invitation Only Research Event 17 April 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:30pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House, London Natalia Chaban, Professor of European Union Studies, University of Canterbury, New ZealandBen O'Loughlin, Professor of International Relations, Royal Holloway, University of LondonPatrick Müller, Ikerbasque Research Fellow, University of the Basque Country, SpainChair: Yossi Mekelberg, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House This roundtable will explore findings from a Jean Monnet-funded 3-year study of strategic narratives and perceptions of the EU in two conflict spaces - Ukraine and Israel-Palestine. By identifying how different ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-04-04
  • Inside the Battle for the New Libya
    Members 18 May 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE London Frederic Wehrey, Senior Fellow, Middle East Programme, Carnegie Endowment for International PeaceElham Saudi, Associate Fellow, International Law Programme, Chatham House Chair: Tim Eaton, Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House Register Register The death of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi freed Libya from forty-two years of despotic rule and raised hopes for a new era. But in the aftermath, Libya has suffered from interlinked ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-04-04
  • The Qatar Crisis: Nine Months On
    Members Webinar Online event 10 April 2018 - 2:00pm to 2:30pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Online Peter Salisbury, Senior Consulting Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham HouseChair: Jane Kinninmont, Deputy Head and Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House Nine months ago, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt severed ties with Qatar, citing Doha's alleged support for Iran and extremist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood. Since then, a lot has happened and, simultaneously, nothing has changed. The blockade remains in place, Qatar and its neighbours exchange ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-03-27
  • Yemen’s Southern Powder Keg
    27 March 2018 An unintended consequence of the civil war is that the south of the country is rapidly moving towards outright autonomy. If a breakaway effort were to occur before the end of the war, it would undermine the UN-led peace process. Download PDF Peter Salisbury Senior Consulting Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme Twitter 2018-03-27-yemen-southern-powder-keg.jpg Ships destroyed during fighting for Aden in 2015, Mualla Port, Aden, February 2016. Photo: Peter Salisbury. ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-03-26
  • Iraq’s Future: Elections, Corruption and the Struggle for a State
    Members 30 May 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House, London Chair: Dr Lina Khatib, Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham HouseProfessor Toby Dodge, Director, Middle East Centre, LSEDr Renad Mansour, Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House Register Register Fifteen years after the invasion, Iraq remains a fragmented country beset with corruption and institutional weaknesses.Although ISIS has lost the vast majority of its territory - which at its peak encompassed one-third of Iraq and half of Syria - the ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-03-23
  • Iraq after ISIS: Updates from the Field
    Invitation Only Webinar Research Event 27 March 2018 - 11:00am to 11:30amAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House, London Renad Mansour, Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham HouseChair: Jane Kinninmont, Deputy Head and Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House After his recent trip to Iraq, Renad Mansour will share his observations related to the challenges and opportunities facing “post-ISIS” Iraq.The discussion will focus on changing political, economic, and security dynamics at the local and central government level. It will also highlight prospects for implementing economic ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-03-20
  • The Legacy of Faleh Abdul Jabar (1946-2018)
    Invitation Only Research Event 21 March 2018 - 18:00 to 20:00Add to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House, London Toby Dodge, Director, LSE Middle East Centre, International Relations Department, LSEZuhair al-Jezairy, Editor-in-Chief, Aswat al-IraqShatha al-Jubouri, Independent AnalystSami Zubaida, Emeritus Professor of Politics and Sociology, Birkbeck, University of LondonChair: Renad Mansour, Research Fellow,  Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House The Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House will bring together leading Iraq experts to discuss Faleh Abdul Jabar’s contributions to political and philosophical writings on Iraq and the Middle East. Born in ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-03-15
  • Economic Inclusion and Sustainable Growth: New Perspectives from the Gulf
    Invitation Only Research Event 9 April 2018 - 13:00 to 17:30Add to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE London Part of a two-year project funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York entitled ‘Building Pluralistic and Inclusive States Post-Arab Spring,’ this half-day workshop features emerging scholarship from the Gulf on economic and sustainable development in the region. Scholars from Bahrain, Oman, and Saudi Arabia will present local perspectives and fresh insight on regional state-business relations, climate change policies, and entrepreneurship and innovation in Gulf ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-03-13
  • Egypt in 2018: Elections, Divisions and Suppression
    Members 9 Apr 2018 - 13:00 to 14:00Add to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House, London David Butter, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham HouseChair: Jane Kinninmont, Deputy Head and Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House Register Register Former army chief and Egyptian president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, swept to power following a 2013 military coup that toppled his predecessor, Mohamed Morsi, subsequently winning a 2014 presidential election with nearly 97 per cent of the vote. His rule has been marked ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-03-01
  • The View from Tehran: Iran’s External Priorities and Internal Challenges
    Invitation Only Research Event 16 Mar 2018 - 10:00 to 11:00Add to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House, London Middle East and North Africa Programme, Iran Forum Nasser Hadian, Professor of Political Sciences, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences, University of TehranChair: Sanam Vakil, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House Since the beginning of 2018, Tehran has been beset with mounting internal and external pressure. The Rouhani government is struggling to address economic, financial, environmental and social grievances expressed in the two weeks of popular unrest ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-02-21