Past event

Research Event

Sinai: the Collapse of a Regional Buffer

Chatham House, London

Middle East and North Africa Programme

Event documents

Programme Report: Sinai: The Buffer Erodes
pdf | 2.05 MB


Nicolas Pelham, Jerusalem Correspondent, The Economist
Chair: Jane Kinninmont, Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House


The Sinai Peninsula, which once acted as a buffer between Israel and Egypt, has seen increasing instability in recent months. The 5 August attack which killed 16 Egyptian soldiers and penetrated Israel's border defences, highlights the dangers of the prevailing vacuum. Decades of Bedouin discrimination and discontent, Jihadi revivalism and the lucrative informal tunnel economy to Gaza all contribute to increasing instability and violence, as militant groups take hold.

With intermittent border clashes spiking in recent months, the author of a Chatham House paper on the topic, will analyse the causes of Sinai's instability and discuss the prospects for an upsurge in violence in the coming months.

Please note this event was originally scheduled for 28 September. 

Attendance is by invitation only.