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Middle East / North Africa

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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:

  • Proposing 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 ;
  • Highlighting the role of foreign powers which have traditionally been present in the region and analyzing the new role taken on by emerging countries ;
  • Anticipating new directions and outlooks in each country; 
  • Interpreting risks and potentials and puting 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

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Elisa DOMINGUES DOS SANTOS

Project Officer at the Sub-Saharan Africa Center and Turkey/Middle East Program

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Adel BAKAWAN

Associate Research Fellow, Turkey and Middle East Program

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Denis BAUCHARD

Senior Advisor for North Africa and the Middle East


Research Interests:

  • North Africa
  • The Middle East
Galip DALAY

Associate Research Fellow, Turkey and Middle East Program

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Jean-Loup SAMAAN

Associate research fellow,  Turkey and Middle East Program

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Nov
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