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  • 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
  • Identity, Outreach and Community: Arabic Music in the Diaspora
    Members 20 Mar 2018 - 18:00 to 19:00Add to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House, London Leah Zakss, Music Programme Manager, British CouncilJo Frost, Editor, SonglinesRaghad Haddad, Syrian MusicianChair: Dr Lina Khatib, Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House Register Register The arts have long been a forum for personal expression, political engagement and communicating cultural traditions. Music, in particular, is a medium that allows artists the opportunity to connect with people worldwide and it plays a unique role in diasporas in fostering links to the ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-02-20
  • Measuring Oman’s Increasing Vulnerability to Political and Economic Risks
    Research Event Webinar 21 Feb 2018 - 12:00 to 12:30Add to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Online Middle East and North Africa Programme Jane Kinninmont, Deputy Head and Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham HouseChair: Neil Quilliam, Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House Jane Kinninmont will share insights learned from her recent visit to Oman, where she led a Chatham House delegation to meet with government officials, the business and diplomatic community, and our own active network. The discussion will focus on ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-02-15
  • Iran’s Foreign Policy Priorities
    Members 22 Feb 2018 - 08:30 to 09:30 Iran's Foreign Policy Priorities Chatham House, London Event participants HE Abbas Araghchi, Deputy for Political Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamic Republic of IranChair: Adam Ward, Deputy Director, Chatham House Body Iran's deputy for political affairs, who served as chief nuclear negotiator in talks with the P5+1, will outline the country’s foreign policy priorities in 2018 and beyond. How does Iran view its role in the Middle East and on the world stage more broadly? And how have attitudes and expectations ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-02-13
  • Beyond the Presidential Elections: Addressing Egypt’s Long-Term Challenges
    Invitation Only Research Event 22 Feb 2018 - 10:00 to 11:30Add to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House, London Middle East and North Africa Programme, Egypt Policy Initiative Mohannad Sabry, Independent Journalist; Author, Sinai: Egypt's Linchpin, Gaza's Lifeline, Israel's NightmareDavid 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 President Sisi’s stern warning to anyone looking to challenge his rule on 31 January during the inauguration of Egypt’s Zohr gas field made clear that ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-02-06
  • Russian Policy Across the Middle East: Motivations and Methods
    Project: Russia and Eurasia Programme, Russian Foreign Policy21 February 2018 Nikolay KozhanovAcademy Associate Download PDF Engagement with Russia on the situation in the Middle East needs to be accompanied by readiness in the West to defend its own red lines in the region. SummaryRecurring confrontations with the West are one of the main factors compelling Russia to intensify its activities in the Middle East.Tactical and more targeted contacts with the region have also been determined by President Vladimir Putin’s diplomatic strategy, his perception of the Arab Spring and the domestic political situation in Russia.Russia considers ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-02-06
  • Israel and Palestine in a Changed International Context
    Invitation Only Research Event 19 Feb 2018 - 10:30 to 12:00Add to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House, London Middle East and North Africa Programme, Israel-Palestine: Beyond the Stalemate Jibril Rajoub, Secretary General, Fatah Central CommitteeChair: Neil Quilliam, Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House Middle East peace talks have been stalled since 2014 and, to a large extent, overshadowed by conflict in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, as well as the war on ISIS. US President Donald Trump’s pledge to deliver the 'deal of the century', ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-02-02
  • Analysing the Turkish Military Offensive in Syria
    Members Webinar 9 Feb 2018 - 14:00 to 14:30Add to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Online Fadi Hakura, Associate Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham HouseDr Christopher Phillips, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House Recent air and ground assaults on the Syrian town of Afrin, including air strikes and shelling, have so far displaced an estimated 5,000 people. The government of Turkey have been considering military action in the northern region of Syria for some time, focusing on Afrin and Manbij, which are under the control of the Kurdish People’s Protection ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-02-01
  • Across North Africa and the Middle East, 2018 Looks to Be a Year of Civil Unrest
    25 January 2018 Dr Claire Spencer Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme & Second Century Initiative A number of MENA states face the prospect of further upheaval as economic conditions worsen. Demonstrators protest against price hikes in Tunis. Photo: Getty Images. Civic protests look set to become the theme of this year in a number of Middle Eastern and North African states.The year began with the Iranian protests in full swing. Then, for the first two weeks of January, thousands of people took part in sporadic protests across a number of Tunisian towns and cities against ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-01-25
  • Political Contest in the Iraqi Elections: In Conversation with Dr Salim al-Jabouri
    Invitation Only Research Event 7 Feb 2018 - 14:00 to 15:30Add to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House, London Middle East and North Africa Programme Salim al-Jabouri, Speaker of Parliament, Republic of IraqChair: Lina Khatib, Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House With elections in Iraq scheduled for May 2018, the speaker of the Iraqi Parliament, Dr Salim al-Jabouri will explore key political coalitions and contestations, as well as discussing his campaign. He will focus on the implications of the vote in areas recently liberated from ISIS control and the ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-01-23
  • Israel and Palestine: Beyond the Stalemate
    Research Event 7 Nov 2017 - 08:30 to 8 Nov 2017 - 17:30 Jerusalem, Israel Middle East and North Africa Programme, Israel-Palestine: Beyond the Stalemate Body The workshop brings together experts from governments, non-government organizations, the private sector and academia to discuss the future of Israeli–Palestinian relations. Participants will review the standstill in negotiations and trace local, regional and international political developments with regard to conflict resolution. In this context, participants will identify past shortcomings in the peace process and highlight current and future opportunities to reinvigorate negotiations. Particular attention will be paid ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-01-12
  • Driving Economic Growth in the MENA Region: Saudi Arabia, UAE and Iraq
    Invitation Only Research Event 20 Feb 2018 - 09:00 to 13:30Add to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House, London Middle East and North Africa Programme The economies of the MENA region face a number of major challenges in the short to medium term. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have adopted visions attempting to re-orient their economies and introduce far-reaching reforms. They aim to diversify away from oil or oil-based rent, as well as to develop a new, sustainable, economic model that, amongst other things, accommodates rapid demographic growth. Both countries ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-01-09
  • Demystifying the Syrian Conflict
    Invitation Only Research Event 1 Mar 2018 - 08:30 to 18:00Add to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House, London Middle East and North Africa Programme, Syria from Within Seven years into the Syrian conflict, many of the dynamics on the ground in Syria remain misunderstood or misrepresented, leading to oversimplification at best and problematic approaches to the crisis at worst. This conference aims to shed light on the issues that are among the least understood in the Syrian context, including the opacity of regime areas, the composition and motivation of rebel factions, ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-01-08
  • Diphtheria’s Resurgence Is a Lesson in Public Health Failure
    03 January 2018 Dr Michael Edelstein Consultant Research Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security With stronger, more resilient healthcare systems accessible to all, there would be less need for emergency response to disease outbreaks such as diphtheria. Makeshift shelters at the Kutapalong Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh. Poor living conditions makes the transmission of disease more likely. Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images. Dr Gayatri AmirthalingamConsultant Epidemiologist, Public Health England What do a failed South American state, a war-torn Middle Eastern country and a South Asian country with a large refugee population have in common? Not much at ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2018-01-03
  • Yemen: National Chaos, Local Order
    Project: Middle East and North Africa Programme, Yemen: Reconstruction and DialogueRead online20 December 2017 Peter Salisbury Twitter Senior Consulting Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme Download PDF Yemen has become a ‘chaos state’ – a nominal entity that exists largely as lines on a map and as a concept in newspaper reports and policymaker briefings. A Yemeni boy checks damage following a mortar attack in the city of Taiz, February 2016. Photo: Getty Images. SummaryFlawed perspectivesPopular depictions of Yemen’s three-year-old civil war suggest a chaotic, fractured and polarized country in which the differences between ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2017-12-13
  • Libya: Can the UN-Led Process Succeed?
    Members 24 Jan 2018 - 13:00 to 14:00Add to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House, London Tim Eaton, Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham HouseFurther speakers to be announced. Register Register The Libyan Political Agreement (LPA), which concluded in December 2015, sought to create a unity government to bring an end to Libya’s governance crisis. However, the LPA has not been recognized by the House of Representatives while others, most notably General Khalifa Hafter, commander of the Libyan National Army, also have political aspirations.In seeking ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2017-12-11
  • The Political Economy of the Central Mediterranean Route
    Research Event 5 Jul 2017 - 08:30 to 16:30 Chatham House, London Middle East and North Africa Programme Body Smuggling along historic trade routes between West and North Africa is long-standing and has since the 1990’s adopted increasingly criminalized forms. This workshop seeks to better understand the development of trade and smuggling routes. It will focus in particular on the development of human smuggling and trafficking along the so-called 'Central Mediterranean route' from Niger to Libya, by assessing two case studies of urban centres that function as pivotal hubs to this route: Agadez in ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2017-12-01
  • The Kurdistan Region of Iraq after the Referendum
    Invitation Only Research Event 6 Dec 2017 - 10:00 to 11:00Add to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Chatham House, London Middle East and North Africa Programme, Iraq Initiative Bafel Talabani, Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Official; Leading Peshmerga CommanderChair: Neil Quilliam, Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House For Iraq’s Kurds, the 25 September independence referendum has led to more questions than answers. Rather than achieving greater autonomy, they have lost one-fifth of their controlled territory, including most of their oil and gas fields. Amidst the disaster, a ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2017-11-28
  • Rethinking the Sunni Predicament in Iraq
    Invitation Only Research Event 1 Dec 2017 - 10:00 to 11:30 Chatham House, London Middle East and North Africa Programme Event participants Khamis Al-Khanjar, Secretary General , Arab Project in IraqYahya Al-Kubaisi, Independent ExpertChair: Renad Mansour, Research Fellow, MENA Programme, Chatham House Body As Iraq seeks to rebuild itself after ISIS, lawmakers face challenges to restore the livelihoods and confidence of its citizens. Following unprecedented levels of destruction across the predominantly Sunni Arab areas in northern and western Iraq, power vacuums have emerged drawing competition between various leaders seeking to rebuild at ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2017-11-23
  • Cybersecurity of the Sustainable Energy Sector in the GCC
    Invitation Only Research Event 11 Dec 2017 - 09:00 to 17:00Add to CalendariCalendar Outlook Google Yahoo Muscat, Oman International Security Department This meeting explores the landscape of cybersecurity threats against the sustainable energy sector in the GCC and the ways to foster cyber resilience. It will present the current and future challenges which keep emerging with the continuous transformation of the energy sector. It will illustrate these challenges by presenting regional as well as international experiences of cyberattacks against the energy sector.Attendance at this event is by invitation only.  Event contact ..... READ MORE
    Source: Chatham House: Middle East & North AfricaPublished on 2017-11-01