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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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 finds that Egypt has struggled to overcome Hosni Mubarak's economic legacy. Read. And the summary from a meeting where experts on political economy in the MENA region discussed possible solutions to the region's structural economic problems. Read.
A Good Deal for the Middle East
The agreement on Iran's nuclear programme should give confidence that negotiated solutions can be reached to the region's most intractable problems, writes Sir Richard Dalton for the Telegraph. Read.
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.
Areas of Work:
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.
A 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.