Middle East and North Africa Program

The Middle East and North Africa have been in a state of intense upheaval since 2011. Developments have been alarming with few exceptions. Even in a region long familiar with conflict, the current wave of violence – in all its social, cross-border, and pan-regional dimensions – is destabilizing the region, with direct consequences for Europe. Before Arab, European, and German policy makers can develop a meaningful strategy for confronting these challenges, they must first understand and categorize what is taking place.

The Middle East and North Africa Program’s workshops, background discussions, and publications are designed to pry open complex issues, generate knowledge, propose solutions, and help create mutual insight into the sometimes conflicting interests and needs of the Arab and European sides.

The policy recommendations that result from the program's activities are as much geared toward German and European policy makers as toward countries in North Africa and the Middle East. With this end in mind, the program works together closely with experts and multipliers from the countries affected by the upheavals.

From 2011 to 2016, a major focus of the program was on domestic developments in Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, and Turkey. In addition to domestic devlopments in these countries, a related focus was placed on how overall regional dynamics affect these countries and on the international community’s policy responses.

In 2014 the program conducted a research project to examine the policies of Gulf States Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar toward Egypt and Tunisia.

Activities and Initiatives

Current Areas of Focus

  • Socioeconomic developments
  • Political Islam
  • Islamist terrorism
  • Engagement of the Gulf States (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar) in Egypt and Tunisia

Please note that we are currently unable to take in interns at the Middle East and North Africa Program.



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