Ideological and identity-based factors have often been used to explain the violence that has struck the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). In Syria, Iraq and Yemen, the ethno-sectarian lens has often been used to view new developments in conflict and, in Libya, conflict has been reduced to tensions between Islamists versus non-Islamists.
What link do conflict economies in Iraq, Libya and Syria have to their militaries, militias and other armed groups?
How do conflict economies drive violence in the MENA region?
And how, and to what extent, do local populations interact with conflict economies?
This event officially launches the Chatham House report on MENA conflict economies.
Dr Christine Cheng, Lecturer in International Relations, King’s College London
Tim Eaton, Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Dr Renad Mansour, Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Chair: Neil Connery, Correspondent, ITV News