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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A Saudi woman puts on her seat belt during a driving lesson in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on 7 March 2018.  Photo: AMER HILABI/AFP/Getty Images.
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The Arrests of Saudi Women’s Driving Activists Underlines the Limits of Reforms

Refugees in Shebaa, Lebanon wait to be returned to Syria on 18 April. Photo: Getty Images.
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Calls to Begin Returning Refugees to Syria Must Be Resisted

A Muqtada al-Sadr mobile phone cover for sale in a Baghdad market. Photo: Getty Images.
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Why Iraq’s Elections Were an Indictment of the Elite

Preparations are made for European leaders to meet with Iranian representatives in Brussels on 15 May. Photo: Getty Images.
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Europe Should Defend the Iran Deal Without Burning Bridges to the US

An Iranian woman walks past a mural on the wall of the former US embassy in Tehran. Photo: Getty Images.
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By Pulling Out of Nuclear Deal, Trump Hands Gift to Iranian Hardliners

A stage constructed for a post-election rally collapses on top of Beirut's Martyrs Monument. Photo: Getty Images.
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Lebanon Re-elects Its Political Status Quo

New prime minister Abiy Ahmed attends a rally in Ambo, Ethiopia. Photo by Zacharias Abubeker/AFP/Getty Images
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Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Shows Knack for Balancing Reform and Continuity

Supporters of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi celebrate at Tahrir Square after the presidential election results were announced. Photo: Getty Images.
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Egyptian Election Numbers Show Regime Supporters Are Becoming More Passive

A mural at a Sahrawi refugee camp in Algeria. Photo: Getty Images.
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Shifting Geopolitics May See Movement in Western Sahara

Saudi women attend a short film festival in Riyadh in 2017. Photo: Getty Images.
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Why Going to the Cinema in Saudi Arabia Is Suddenly Okay

Chemical weapons are a symptom of the real problem, which is the Assad regime in power, writes Lina Khatib. Photo: Getty Images.
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The West Is Still Missing a Strategy in Syria

Civil defence members remove the remnants of a rocket on the outskirts of Douma in February. Photo: Getty Images.
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Assad Has Learned That Chemical Attacks Are a Tactic That Works

Campaign billboards in Baghdad in 2014. Photo: Getty Images.
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Iraq’s Western Allies Need to Support Institutions, Not Individuals

A Fesh Nestannaw protest in Tunis. Photo via Getty Images.
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In Face of Protests, Tunisia Needs Bold Economic Reforms

A damaged ambulance in front of Arbin Hospital in eastern Ghouta after an airstrike. Photo: Getty Images.
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Attacks on Healthcare in Syria Look Like a Bloody Strategy of Forced Displacement

Both Hassm and Lewaa al-Thawra condemn the ISIS attacks against Coptic churches. Photo: Getty Images.
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New Groups Will Lose Out in Egypt's Market of Violence

An election campaign banner for President Sisi in Cairo. Photo: Getty Images.
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In Egypt, Sisi Faces Down Some Surprising Challengers

Demonstrators protest against price hikes in Tunis. Photo: Getty Images.
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Across North Africa and the Middle East, 2018 Looks to Be a Year of Civil Unrest

An Iraqi dinar banknote with an image of Mosul's iconic minaret, which was destroyed by ISIS. Photo: Getty Images.
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ISIS Is Still in Business

A model of the Dome of the Rock at the Jewish Museum in Berlin. Photo: Getty Images.
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Better Israeli-Palestinian Relations Are Possible

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