Middle East and North Africa

Chatham House research on Middle East and North Africa focuses on latest political, economic and security developments in Egypt, Libya and North Africa, the Gulf states, Iran, Iraq, Israel and Palestine and Syria and the Levant.

Projects on the MENA region include work on future dynamics in the Gulf, Syria from within, mapping Libya’s war economy, Yemen: reconstruction and dialogue, Iraq initiative, Egypt policy initiative, and the Iran Forum.

A major programmatic focus of this work for Chatham House is carried out by the Middle East and North Africa Programme and its projects.

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International Affairs

The changing borders and borderlands of Syria in a time of conflict

International Affairs

Turkey’s post-2011 approach to its Syrian border and its implications for domestic politics

International Affairs

Contesting borders? The formation of Iraqi Kurdistan’s de facto state

International Affairs

Border management in an era of ‘statebuilding lite’: security assistance and Lebanon’s hybrid sovereignty

International Affairs

Approaching borders and frontiers in North Africa

International Affairs

The practice and culture of smuggling in the borderland of Egypt and Libya

International Affairs

Borders and sovereignty in Islamist and jihadist thought: past and present

View of Business Bay in Dubai with the new intersection connecting Sheik Zayed Road. Photo: Edward Tian/Contributor/Getty Images.
Research paper

Cybercrime and the Digital Economy in the GCC Countries

People demonstrate outside the offices of ISIS (ISIL) in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on 6 January 2014. Photo: Mohammed Wesam/AFP/Getty Images.
Research paper

Local Community Resistance to Extremist Groups in Syria: Lessons from Atarib

The World Today

How the Six-Day War reshaped Israeli politics

The World Today

Securing Iran’s nuclear deal

International Affairs

Twitter and transformative diplomacy: social media and Iran–US relations

A Syrian refugee youth walks in an alley at an unofficial refugee camp in the village of Deir Zannoun in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, 31 January 2017. Photo: Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images.
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UN Humanitarian Coordination in Lebanon: The Consequences of Excluding Syrian Actors

Damaged buildings in old Aleppo’s Jdeideh neighbourhood on 9 December 2016. Photo: George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty Images.
Research paper

Western Policy Towards Syria: Applying Lessons Learned

The World Today

Lebanon’s refugee fatigue

The World Today

Democracy is still the answer for Arab world

A Saudi investor at the Tadawul (the Saudi Stock Exchange) in Riyadh, on 15 June 2015. Photo: FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images.
Research paper

Economic Reform in the GCC: Privatization as a Panacea for Declining Oil Wealth?

Syrian boys sit in the back of a vehicle driving towards signs bearing Arabic and Kurdish writing, with a poster of Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Öcalan in Syria’s northeastern Hassaka province, July 2015. Photo: Getty Images.
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Governing Rojava: Layers of Legitimacy in Syria

The Iraq and Syria border, located between the Iraqi city of Rabia and the Syrian city of Al-Yarubiyah. Photo: Eddie Gerald/Getty images.
Research paper

Syria, Iraq and the Struggle for Power: Intertwined Futures

International Affairs

Talking to the Muslim world: how, and with whom?

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