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  • 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
  • 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