The multifaceted crisis in Mali, which has effectively led to state collapse and split the country in two, has drawn international attention to Algeria’s role in the stability of the Sahel. One might expect Algeria, as the region’s preeminent military power, and one that has sought to position...
Middle East / North Africa
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.
Algeria has emerged as something of an “exception” across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and while the recent elections have been marred by widespread allegations of fraud, the results have effectively consolidated the regime’s grip on power thus ensuring its complete monopoly...
The Arab Revolts and Southeast Asia: What Impact and What Influence? Actuelles de l'Ifri, June, 2012
Southeast Asia experienced its own political upheavals well before the Arab revolts. Nevertheless, the wave of popular uprisings that shook the Middle-East and North Africa region goes far beyond the region’s boundaries, and Southeast Asia is no exception to the global crisis of confidence...
A quick look at the news dealing with the Syrian uprising the last year shows a slow progression from protests and civil resistance towards violence. The Obama Administration’s policy dealing with what many have called “slow motion revolution” has evolved in fits and starts, with mixed...
Turkey's re-imagined neighborhood policy after the Arab Spring Actuelles de l'Ifri, April 19th, 2012
Joshua W. Walker was a speaker at the international conference on “The international consequences of the Arab Spring” held at Ifri on March 13th, 2012. This paper is a follow up on his oral intervention.
South Africa and the Arab Spring: opportunities to match diplomacy goals and strategies Actuelles de l'Ifri, April 19th, 2012
This paper highlights how the Arab Spring magnified a two-dimensional gap in South Africa’s foreign policy. First that South Africa does not have a vision which reconciles demands for achieving the goals of protecting human rights, sovereignty, and multilateralism; second, that its strategies...
Jewish Activism in the United States: Is J Street a Passing Phenomenon? Potomac Paper, No. 11, February 2012
Created in the Fall of 2008, the J Street movement seeks to represent those in the U.S. Jewish community who would like Washington to be more active in supporting a lasting peace in the Middle-East.
Libya: Old or New Picture? Risks of political uncertainty for the gas and oil business Actuelles de l'Ifri, January 2012
Libya has an opportunity to get back on track. The end of embargoes and sanctions after the conclusion of the “February Revolution” is favoring a fast production growth.
L'Irak, nouvel espace de déploiement de la puissance turque in D.Schmid (dir.), La Turquie au Moyen-Orient: le retour d'une puissance régionale ?, CNRS éd, décembre 2011
Chapitre paru dans D.Schmid (dir.), La Turquie au Moyen-Orient: le retour d'une puissance régionale ?, CNRS éd, décembre 2011, p. 185-204
The Syrian Islamic movement does not constitute a homogeneous block.