Governance & Political Reform
The French Presidential Election 2022: Irreconcilable Clash between World Views and Mediterranean Perspectives?
This article provides an analysis of the foreign policy visions of the candidates for the 2022 French presidential election, which according to the author provide a good idea of their respective ideological positions.28 September 2022
MENA’s Debt: An Opportunity or a Trap?
MENA is in urgent need of more funding, not less. As its financial sustainability deteriorates, it needs more debt, not less, so that it can invest in the crucially needed energy transition and economic diversification, through aggressive reforms of...13 September 2022
The Two Faces of Digitalization in Politics: The Role of Social Networks in Political Mobilizations and the Threat of “Digital Authoritarianism” in the MENA Region
Digital media technology has been a significant conduit for bolstering the narratives and power of regimes which generally eschew democracy in favour of creating a top-down vision for their states as well as the region.13 September 2022
Iran’s Influence on Countries in the MENA Region
Iran is not typified as a country that leads invasions, but is rather an actor that takes advantage of the conditions of invaded countries. The cases of Iraq, Yemen, Syria and Lebanon provide evidence for this argument, as Iran’s presence is manife...13 September 2022
Qatar’s Role in the Geopolitical Scenarios of the Middle East and North Africa
Qatar has assets that have allowed it to achieve its goals and take on an important regional role. Its politics and its international relations are watched with great interest by foreign ministries, research centres and the media at all levels.13 September 2022