Middle East and North Africa Program

Since the uprisings of 2011, the Middle East and North Africa have been in upheaval. With few exceptions, developments have been alarming. A wave of violence – which, even for this strife-prone region, has been unprecedented – as well as intra-societal, interstate, and regional conflicts continue to destabilize the region with direct consequences for Europe. Keeping apace with the dynamics of events there requires continual analysis and debate. This is the only way to further develop impactful local, German, and European policies for dealing with these challenges.

This is where the DGAP’s Middle East and North Africa Program comes in. Its workshops, background discussions, and publications aim to break down complexities, generate knowledge, develop solutions, and create understanding for the interests and needs of countries both in the region and abroad. This approach results in recommendations for meaningful courses of action for key players in Germany and Europe, as well as those in the Middle East and North Africa. To achieve its goals, the program works closely with experts and opinion leaders from all countries concerned. The program’s alumni network is comprised of some 500 experts from the region.

Since 2017, the program has supported think tanks and similar institutions in Morocco, Tunisia, and Jordan to help them professionalize their work and build their capacity for providing policy analysis and advice.

From 2011 to 2016, the program’s work focused on topics related to Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Turkey. It examined both domestic political developments and regional dynamics that affected these countries, as well the quality and impact of European and international policy concerning them.

In 2014, the program launched a research project on the involvement of the Gulf States in Egypt and Tunisia and the political and economic implications of this support.

Events

Past events

09:00 | 13 - 15 Jun 2019

Socio-Economic Challenges and Jordan’s Foreign Policy

Employment, Trade, and International Cooperation – Perspectives from the Region and Europe (Workshop II)

The workshop in Amman was the second in a series devoted to analyzing issues related to Jordan’s socio-economic reforms and foreign policy. Mid-level experts who work in the field of policy analysis and advice in think tanks, academic research institutions, and comparable organizations discussed options for action together with decision-makers. The participants had previously attended a workshop in Berlin in April 2019.

Program Event
Diskussion
Amman
09:00 | 11 - 14 Apr 2019

Socio-Economic Challenges and Jordan’s Foreign Policy

Employment, Trade, and International Cooperation – Perspectives from the Region and Europe (Workshop I)

Grievances have been growing over Jordan’s socio-economic and political problems, including high public debt, a significant current account deficit, and high unemployment. In June 2018, former Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki was forced to resign after mass protests swept the country. Jordan’s socio-economic challenges are further amplified by its difficult external environment. An interconnected rather than separate challenge, it has resulted in a significant influx of refugees and a more difficult trade and investment environment.

Program Event
Diskussion
Berlin
09:00 | 11 - 14 Apr 2019

Socio-Economic Challenges and Jordan’s Foreign Policy (Workshop I)

Employment, Trade, and International Cooperation – Perspectives from the Region and Europe

Grievances have been growing over Jordan’s socio-economic and political problems, including high public debt, a significant current account deficit, and high unemployment. In June 2018, former Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki was forced to resign after mass protests swept the country. Jordan’s socio-economic challenges are further amplified by its difficult external environment. An interconnected rather than separate challenge, it has resulted in a significant influx of refugees and a more difficult trade and investment environment.

Program Event
Diskussion
Berlin

Publications