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.
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 (2040) 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
Eckart Woertz, Senior Research Fellow, CIDOB and Scientific Advisor to the Kuwait Chair at SciencesPo in Paris and Irene Martínez, Researcher, CIDOB
Nizar Messari, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco
Djallil Lounnas, Assistant Professor of International Studies at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco
Virginie Collombier, Research Fellow and Coordinator for the Middle East Directions Programme at the Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies
Martin Keulertz, Mark Mulligan, Musa McKee and Eckart Woertz
Ariz Kader, Research Assistant, CIDOB and Eduard Soler i Lecha, Senior Research Fellow, CIDOB and academic coordinator of the MENARA Project
Robert Springborg, Visiting Professor, King’s College London, and non-resident Research Fellow of the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)
Rasmus Alenius Boserup and Silvia Colombo