Chatham House: Independent thinking on international affairs

The Middle East and North Africa Programme, headed by Dr Claire Spencer, undertakes high profile research and projects on political, economic and security issues affecting the Middle East and North Africa.

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MENAP Contributes to Foreign Affairs Committee Report 
Claire Spencer and Jon Marks contributed to the Foreign Affairs Committee report The UK's Response to Extremism and Instability in North and West Africa.
Read the report.


Syria: A New Approach
A new paper offers ten recommendations for Western states (primarily the US, UK and France) on how to refocus their response to the Syria crisis.
Read the paper


Economies in Transition
A new briefing paper looks at how Egypt have struggled to overcome the economic legacy of the Mubarak regime. Read. A workshop discussed possible solutions to the MENA region's structural economic problems. Read the summary.


Yemen's Stability Threatened
A new report highlights risks of renewed conflict in Yemen, and asks what its transition can tell us about prospects for political and economic reform in the Middle East.

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To complement our research, the MENA programme runs a variety of events which seek to inform and broaden current debates about the region and about UK and international policy.

We also produce a range of publicly available reports, books and papers.


ArabicA number of our publications are available in Arabic.





The MENA Programme welcomes support and input from organizations and individuals who recognize the importance of independent policy-orientated research. We fundraise for 100 per cent of our activities and costs, including salaries. More.

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