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Stabilization and development in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena)

Contributing to stabilization and development in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) 

In early 2011, a wave of demonstrations and riots reverberated across the Arab world, which soon came to be known as “the Arab Spring”. In order to express dissatisfaction with their political and socio-economic conditions people throughout the region chanted: “Bread! Freedom! Social justice!” ("!عيش! حريه! عداله اجتماعيه").

Since then, the situation in many MENA countries has changed, but unfortunately not always for better. Tunisia is on a good path towards democracy. However, in some countries the old regimes, backed by the military, have mostly succeeded in re-establishing their authority. Tragically, several other MENA countries have been torn apart by civil war to the extent that the “state” has largely dissolved.

In a large research and advisory project, funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik investigates the causes of domestic change in MENA countries and their consequences for the MENA region and for Germany and Europe.

For further Information, please visit the Website of the corresponding Project.

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Interview mit Azeddine Akesbi

Between 'Arab Spring' and democratic governance

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For further Information, please visit the Website of the corresponding Project.

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In the media

Ein Marshallplan für Syrien
Bernhard Trautner
Zeit.de, 03 February 2016

In the media

Weniger Entwicklungshilfe für den Maghreb: Gabriels "schädlicher Populismus"
Annabelle Houdret (2016)
euractiv.de on 19 January 2016

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What Europe can do after the attacks of 13 November – and what it shouldn’t
Henökl, Thomas (2015)
The Current Column of 20 November 2015

In the media

Der Westen muss die Fehler der Vergangenheit vermeiden
Markus Loewe in an Interview with Nana Brink
Deutschlandradio Kultur on 11 December 2015

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What should (and what should not) be done to ease the Syrian refugee crisis?

Furness, Mark / Annabelle Houdret (2015)
The Current Column of 8 September 2015

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Image: The Current Column (30 March 2015)

Tackling Egypt’s Transformational Challenges

Vidican, Georgeta / Yasser Sherif
The Current Column (30 March 2015)