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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Targeting infrastructure and livelihoods in the West Bank and Gaza
    1 March 2019 , Volume 95, Number 2 In the latest issue, Erika Weinthal and Jeannie Sowers reveal the damage to water, agriculture and energy systems caused by the ongoing conflict in Gaza and the West Bank.  Read online Erika Weinthal and Jeannie Sowers State and non-state actors across many protracted conflicts and prolonged occupations in the Middle East and North Africa have systematically targeted civilian infrastructures. We use the cases of the West Bank and Gaza, characterized by ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-03-04
  • Targeting infrastructure and livelihoods in the West Bank and Gaza
    1 March 2019 , Volume 95, Number 2 In the latest issue, Erika Weinthal and Jeannie Sowers reveal the damage to water, agriculture and energy systems caused by the ongoing conflict in Gaza and the West Bank.  Read online Erika Weinthal and Jeannie Sowers State and non-state actors across many protracted conflicts and prolonged occupations in the Middle East and North Africa have systematically targeted civilian infrastructures. We use the cases of the West Bank and Gaza, characterized by ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-03-04
  • Iraq’s Paramilitaries Are Turning on Their Own Ranks
    26 February 2019 Dr Renad Mansour Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House @renadmansour A feud within the Popular Mobilization Units will change the shape of the organization and the nature of Shia politics in Iraq. 2019-02-26-PMU.jpg PMU members receiving training in November 2018. Photo: Getty Images. Earlier this month, Iraq’s paramilitary group raided the home of and arrested one of its own — a prominent ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-02-26
  • Iraq’s Paramilitaries Are Turning on Their Own Ranks
    26 February 2019 Dr Renad Mansour Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House @renadmansour A feud within the Popular Mobilization Units will change the shape of the organization and the nature of Shia politics in Iraq. 2019-02-26-PMU.jpg PMU members receiving training in November 2018. Photo: Getty Images. Earlier this month, Iraq’s paramilitary group raided the home of and arrested one of its own — a prominent ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-02-26
  • Weak States: Rebel Governance and War Economies
    Members Event 15 April 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Dr Christine Cheng, Lecturer in International Relations, Department of War Studies, King's College LondonTim Eaton, Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham HouseChair: Dr Renad Mansour, Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House Register Register The collapse of central authority across states in the Middle East and Africa has led to a fragmentation of power and contributed to the ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-02-19
  • Weak States: Rebel Governance and War Economies
    Members Event 15 April 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Dr Christine Cheng, Lecturer in International Relations, Department of War Studies, King's College LondonTim Eaton, Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham HouseChair: Dr Renad Mansour, Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House Register Register The collapse of central authority across states in the Middle East and Africa has led to a fragmentation of power and contributed to the ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-02-19
  • China and the Middle East and North Africa: Outside In and Inside Out
    Invitation Only Research Event 25 February 2019 - 10:30am to 5:00pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Xiaolu Li, Associate Professor, China National Defense UniversityAssaf Orion, Military Fellow, The Washington InstituteKaren Young, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise InstituteNajla Al Qassimi, Director of Global Affairs, b’huth (Dubai Public Policy Research Centre) This meeting seeks to better understand China’s strategy and policy objectives as an emerging player within the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and the issue of geoeconomic competition among MENA states towards ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-02-15
  • China and the Middle East and North Africa: Outside In and Inside Out
    Invitation Only Research Event 25 February 2019 - 10:30am to 5:00pm Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Event participants Xiaolu Li, Associate Professor, China National Defense UniversityAssaf Orion, Military Fellow, The Washington InstituteKaren Young, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise InstituteNajla Al Qassimi, Director of Global Affairs, b’huth (Dubai Public Policy Research Centre) This meeting seeks to better understand China’s strategy and policy objectives as an emerging player within the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and the issue of geoeconomic competition among MENA states towards China. Participants will consider ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-02-15
  • The Middle East’s Shifting Energy Politics
    15 February 2019 Gitika Bhardwaj Digital Editor @GitikaBhardwaj LinkedIn Dr Neil Quilliam Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme @NeilQuilliam1 Neil Quilliam speaks to Gitika Bhardwaj about how the role of oil and gas in the region’s geopolitics is changing. 2019-02-15-Saudia-Arabia-Oil-And-Gas.jpg Saudi Arabia's state-owned company, Saudi Aramco, has ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-02-15
  • The Middle East’s Shifting Energy Politics
    15 February 2019 Gitika Bhardwaj Digital Editor @GitikaBhardwaj LinkedIn Dr Neil Quilliam Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme @NeilQuilliam1 Neil Quilliam speaks to Gitika Bhardwaj about how the role of oil and gas in the region’s geopolitics is changing. 2019-02-15-Saudia-Arabia-Oil-And-Gas.jpg Saudi Arabia's state-owned company, Saudi Aramco, has its ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-02-15
  • Unintended Consequences? Foreign Intervention in the Middle East
    Members Event 27 February 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pmAdd to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Emma Sky, Senior Fellow, Jackson Institute for International Affairs, Yale; Political Adviser to General Odierno, Commanding General of US Forces, Iraq (2008–10); Author, In a Time of Monsters: Travels Through a Middle East in RevoltChair: Dr Renad Mansour, Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham HouseFurther speakers to be announced.  Register Register On 20 March 2003, American missiles first hit Baghdad, signalling ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-02-11
  • Unintended Consequences? Foreign Intervention in the Middle East
    Members Event 27 February 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Event participants Dr Lina Khatib, Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham HouseEmma Sky, Senior Fellow, Jackson Institute for International Affairs, Yale; Political Adviser to General Odierno, Commanding General of US Forces, Iraq (2008–10); Author, In a Time of Monsters: Travels Through a Middle East in RevoltJonathan Steele, Chief Foreign Correspondent (1982-88), The Guardian; Author, Defeat: Why They Lost IraqChair: Dr Renad Mansour, Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House  ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-02-11
  • The Shifting Value Proposition in the GCC: New Markets, Fewer Opportunities?
    Invitation Only Research Event 26 February 2019 - 8:00am to 9:15am Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE Event participants Dr Karen E. Young, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute; Professorial Lecturer, George Washington UniversityChair: Dr Sanam Vakil, Senior Consulting Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House The diversification drive in the GCC accelerated after the decline in oil prices in late 2014. More important perhaps are initiatives to create new sources of government revenue through taxes and fees, reduced subsidies of energy and water and efforts to ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2019-02-11