Middle East and North Africa Regional Architecture: Mapping geopolitical shifts, regional order and domestic transformations

The MENARA Project analyses the drivers of change for the regional order in the Middle East and North Africa and the implications of those geopolitical shifts for Europe.

Project number: 693244 Duration: April 2016- March 2019 (Closed ) Budget: 2.401.944 €


The project – co-led by CIDOB, and the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), aims to shed light on the historical, political, economic and social dynamics that are affecting the Middle East and North Africa. Particular attention will be devoted to the peculiar features of the new regional order as well as to the actors and processes that are influencing its development. The project will outline potential scenarios related to the course of the region in the medium (2025) and long (2050) term, and will analyze elements of continuity and break with the past.

Taking advantage from a temporal (past, present, future) and spatial (national, regional, global) research framework, the project will sharpen our understanding of the region with a view to highlighting the potential strategies and policies that the EU is called upon to adopt in order to make its role in the region more effective.

The results of the project will be promoted through innovative dissemination and communication methods aimed at increasing its impact not only within the academic and the stakeholders community, but also in the frame of a wider audience interested in the processes unfolding in the MENA.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 693244


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Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB)


Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) 


Researchers involved in the project:

  • Nicolás de Pedro
  • Anna Bardolet
  • Irene Martínez Fernández 
  • Cristina Sala
  • Elena Sánchez-Montijano