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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An oil tanker on the outskirts of Beirut. Photo: Getty Images.
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Is Lebanon Set for an Oil Bonanza?

Protests over economic malaise and corruption have spread across Iranian towns and cities. Photo: Getty Images.
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What to Know About the Protests in Iran

Makeshift shelters at the Kutapalong Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh. Poor living conditions makes the transmission of disease more likely. Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images.
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Diphtheria's Resurgence Is a Lesson in Public Health Failure

Ghassan Salamé at the Forum MED Mediterranean Dialogues summit in Rome. Photo: Getty Images.
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UN Libya Talks Have a Narrow Window to Avoid Stalemate

Portraits of Ali Abdullah Saleh in a shop in Sana'a in 2004. Photo: Getty Images.
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Yemen's Future Looks Grim After Saleh Killing

People watch a projection of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh in September. Photo: Getty Images.
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Mohammed bin Salman’s Shakeup Is More Than a Power Play

Yemeni children suspected of being infected with cholera receive treatment at a hospital in Sanaa. Photo: Getty Images.
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Yemen’s Health Crisis: How The World’s Largest Cholera Outbreak Unfolded

King Salman of Saudi Arabia meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on 5 October. Photo: Getty Images.
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Saudi Visit to Moscow Underscores the Middle East’s Flexible Alliances

Mahmoud Abbas. Photo: Getty Images.
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Abbas Has Reasons to Be Wary of Gaza Offer

Activist Manal Al Sharif, who has long campaigned for Saudi women's right to drive. Photo by Marwan Naamani/AFP/Getty Images
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End of Saudi Women Driving Ban Reflects Deep Changes in Society

Preparing food at the Ibad al-Rahman's Damascene Delicacies in Idlib, Syria. Photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty Images
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Cutting Off Civil Society Aid Will Strengthen – Not Weaken – the Armed Coalition in Idlib

A soldier stands guard in Madama near Niger's border with Libya. Photo: Getty Images.
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Europe’s Flawed Thinking on Mediterranean Migration

Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan. Photo: Getty Images.
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It’s Far Too Early to Talk of Return for Syrian Refugees

Ghassan Salame. Photo: Getty Images.
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Can the UN’s New Special Representative Make Progress in Libya?

Browsing Twitter in Riyadh. Photo: Getty Images.
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Look to Social Media for the Gulf’s Burgeoning Debates

Israeli forces take at the gates of Al Aqsa Mosque. Photo: Getty Images.
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Unrest in Jerusalem Encapsulates the Ills of Israel and Palestine

Mohammed bin Salman arrives for a GCC Economic and Development Affairs Authority meeting in Riyadh. Photo: Getty Images.
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Saudi Arabia’s New Crown Prince Promises Reforms to Everything Except Politics

Hassan Rouhani. Photo: Getty Images.
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Total’s Iran Deal Gives Rouhani Space to Push Reform

The foreign ministers of Somalia and Qatar hold a joint press conference on 25 May. Photo: Getty Images.
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Gulf Crisis Is Leading to Difficult Choices in the Horn of Africa

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi at a press conference in Berlin in 2015. Photo: Getty Images.
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Egypt's Sisi Gives With One Hand, and Takes Away With the Other

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