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SIPRI’s work in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) aims to provide in-depth analyses of the political, social, economic and environmental drivers of conflict and pathways to peace in the region with the purpose of informing actors involved in peacebuilding efforts.

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Programme aims to provide in-depth analyses of the political, social, economic and environmental drivers of conflict and pathways to peace in the region with the purpose of informing actors involved in peacebuilding efforts. The programme conducts research at different levels, taking a holistic view of peacebuilding in which, the levels are intricately connected and mutually influence each other. Research ranges from in-depth local and community-level analyses to investigations at the country and regional levels. SIPRI’s work on MENA adopts a human security approach, focusing on the impact of conflict and various forms of insecurity on local populations. Research projects within the programme use an intersectional lens to highlight the variety of experiences and perceptions of different segments of society.
 

RESEARCH INITIATIVES

Local peace and conflict

This initiative aims to understand the dynamics of peace and conflict at the local level by focusing on people’s relationships, attitudes and interactions in the everyday.

Country-level analysis

SIPRI aims to understand the nature and the evolution of state–society relations in MENA.

Regional challenges and opportunities

SIPRI analyses the challenges facing MENA as a whole, in relation to issues such as conflict, climate change, energy, food security, migration, economy and security.

Research staff

Dr Alaa Tartir is a Senior Researcher and the Director of the SIPRI Middle East and North Africa Programme.
Dr Dylan O’Driscoll is an Associate Senior Fellow in the SIPRI Middle East and North Africa Programme.
Dr Johan Schaar is an Associate Senior Fellow in the SIPRI Middle East and North Africa Programme.
Dr Ahmed Morsy is a Senior Researcher in the SIPRI Middle East and North Africa Programme.
Shivan Fazil is a Researcher in the SIPRI Middle East and North Africa Programme.
Amal Bourhrous is a Researcher in the SIPRI Middle East and North Africa Programme.
Emelie Poignant Khafagi is a Research Assistant in the SIPRI Middle East and North Africa Programme.