The Iranian–Saudi Hegemonic Rivalry

26/10/2017 | by Ali Fathollah-Nejad | Iran

The Persian Gulf region’s major powers, the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), have, at least since the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, been engaged in a hegemonic rivalry over power and influence, marked by differences in sectarianism, nationalism, revolutionary ideology, competition over regional hegemony, oil prices, attitudes towards the US military presence in the Gulf, and towards the Hajj.



Workshop “Promotion of Think Tank Work on Migration and Socio-Economic Challenges in Morocco”
07/12/2017 - 10/12/2017 | 10:00 - 18:00 | DGAP | Middle East/North Africa
From December 7–10 2017, the DGAP’s MENA Program hosts a workshop in Berlin, which focuses on the promotion of think tank work on migration and socio-economic challenges in Morocco. The workshop is the first of two workshops that give participants the opportunity to analyze and tackle complex issues related to socio-economic development and migration in Morocco through discussions with experts and the presentation of their own policy papers and policy recommendations. In addition, participants will receive training in policy paper writing.
Category: Middle East/North Africa
Promotion of Think Tank Work on Security Sector Reform and Socioeconomic Challenges in Tunisia
MENA program reports on the second of its Tunis workshops, September 6–9, 2017
06/09/2017 - 09/09/2017 | 09:00 - 18:00 | Tunis | Tunisia
What factors are impeding Tunisia’s socioeconomic development and how can decision-makers tackle them effectively? What measures are needed to reform the Tunisian security sector and what are the key objectives of the reforms? How can greater cooperation between civil society and the state help to counter extremist narratives and improve current de-radicalization strategies? How can the international community support Tunisia’s transformation process? How can think tanks and similar institutions make their voices heard and promote their policy recommendations more effectively to decision-makers? These were some of the questions tackled in the workshop.
Category: Tunisia, Near and Middle East/North Africa
Human Rights in Iran
Subordinated to a Successful Realpolitik
20/02/2017 | 18:00 - 20:00 | DGAP | Iran, Human Rights
Human Rights in Iran
The conclusion of the Iran nuclear treaty in July 2015 and its entry into force the following January had a significant impact on both German and European politics vis-à-vis Iran and with regard to media coverage of the Islamic Republic. Human rights issues have shifted out of focus in favor of economic interests. What is the reality of the human rights situation in Iran, and what effect does the conclusion of the treaty have on the country? What does it mean for German and European foreign policy toward Iran? These were some of the questions of an expert panel discussion organized by the DGAP’s Middle East and North Africa program in cooperation with the Middle East and International Affairs Research Group (MEIA).
Category: Human Rights, Iran
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