CHATHAM HOUSE: MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA

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  • 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
  • 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