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The Middle East and North Africa Programme at IFRI aims to provide expertise on the trends and developments in politics, societies and economies across the region. The programme has the following objectives: Propose a new approach towards the MENA region through an analysis of local, regional and international dynamics with the potential to guide and influence new policies. Highlight the role of foreign powers which have traditionally been present in the region and analyse the new role taken on by emerging countries. Anticipate new directions and outlooks in each country. Interpret risks and potential and put forward new templates for analysis. The programme has built a dense network of researchers and experts who provide expertise on the MENA region and working together on a range of crosscutting themes.
Dorothée SCHMID

Senior Research Fellow, Head of Ifri’s Turkey and Middle East Program

Adel BAKAWAN

Associated Research Fellow at Ifri's Turkey and Middle East Program

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Galip DALAY

Associated Research Fellow at Ifri's Turkey and Middle East Program

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Dalia GHANEM

Associate Research Fellow at Ifri's Turkey and Middle East Program

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Après une première phase (2011-2013) ayant permis de produire plusieurs études et débats centrés notamment sur le Maghreb, le Moyen-Orient et l’Afrique, le partenariat entre l’Ifri et le Policy Center for the New South a pour objectif d’élargir le spectre des travaux de recherche à d’autres...
08/07/2019
By: Julien LEBEL

Airports in the Gulf emirates are major transit hubs in global airline networks today. Apart from their “advantageous” geographical location, their development results primarily from the ambitions of political actors seeking to maintain their power. This has led especially to the creation of...

07/02/2019

The “Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration” was adopted in Marrakesh on 10 and 11 December 2018, after 18 months of consultation and negotiation. It is presented as the first United Nations’ agreement on a comprehensive approach to international migration in all its aspects....

10/09/2018

How do we get out of wars? One hundred years after 1918, Politique étrangère’s special report takes up this question from different perspectives in relation to the conflicts in which Western armies, willingly or otherwise, are embroiled.

23/05/2018

The Chinese presence in the Mediterranean is raising new questions among the diplomatic services of the Maghreb countries, as well as those of southern Europe. Indeed, over the past five years, China has been translating its national priorities with increasing activism in the Mediterranean....

18/05/2018
By: Thomas GOMART, Robin NIBLETT, Daniela SCHWARZER, Nathalie TOCCI

US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), will severely degrade regional and global security. His decision has increased the risk of war and a nuclear arms race in the Middle East and beyond. ...

11
Jul
2019
Thursday 11 July 2019
from 09:00 to 17:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

International politics are increasingly intertwined with cyber-related issues. Cyberattacks are more and more frequent and sophisticated; their perpetrators, like their victims, may be governments or private actors.

05
Jun
2019
Wednesday 05 June 2019
from 09:30 to 18:00 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

The Think Thank 7 (T7) is an engagement group that brings together the leading Think Tanks from the G7 countries in order to analyze and make recommendations on key issues of the G7 presidency.

06
Dec
2018
Thursday 06 December 2018
from 08:30 to 09:45 - Ifri Conferences

The global dialogue on migration is frequently stalled due to contradictory interests and positions between the countries of the North (Europe and North America) and the South. 

08
Nov
2018
Thursday 08 November 2018
from 09:00 to 17:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

Despite its marginal contribution to the historical growth in greenhouse gas emissions, the African continent could be one of the most vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change.

23
Nov
2017
Thursday 23 November 2017
from 10:00 to 12:00 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

Since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in the aftermath of the World War I, efforts by both regional or international powers to build a sustainable regional order in the Middle East have failed. While some debate on the best conceivable order for the region, others argue that we should...

18
Sep
2017
Monday 18 September 2017
from 09:30 to 17:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

In 2013, Chinese president Xi Jinping first unveiled his broad vision to develop regional connectivity and infrastructure across Eurasia that would later be officially named the Belt and Road Initiative (or yi dai yi lu, One Belt, One Road, or OBOR).