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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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23/03/2020
By: Dorothée SCHMID, Amine BENBERNOU

Middle Eastern geopolitics is currently undergoing structural changes: the regional order is in transition in the aftermath of the Arab Spring that undermined authoritarian governance, and triggered the competition for power against a backdrop of American withdrawal. 

27/08/2019

RAMSES 2020. A World without a Compass?, written by Ifri's research team and external experts, offers an in-depth and up-to-date analysis of geopolitics in today’s world.

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...

29/03/2019

The last four decades have witnessed the profound transformation of the very foundations of the international system: the globalization of trade, technical revolutions, the upheaval of the hierarchy of powers, the emergence of China, the explosion of the Middle-East, the mutation of conflicts...

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). 

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