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New GPI Research Project: Out of the Turmoil: A New Middle East?

Against the background of the current turmoil in the Middle East, the Global Policy Institute and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation are jointly organising a policy research project which seeks to:

  • identify the main drivers of change;
  • outline possible scenarios for future developments and their possible outcomes;
  • suggest pragmatic strategies for Europe to respond to the challenges and opportunities created in ways that promote democracy, economic development as well as long-term stability, especially ways to redress and improve the effectiveness of the EU’s Neighbourhood Policy.

This is a concise 6 months project with clear deliverables and a consistent rate of output, including public events, an expert policy workshop, opinion editorials, video commentaries, event videos, policy papers and a final policy report. Further information and resources are available by following the links below:

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Latest Publications

Rise of the Democrats
Fawaz Gerges, GPI Opinion, 4 November 2011

What lessons have we learned from the Arab Spring? Imagine if we had met a year ago, and we were talking about the modern Middle East, not just the Arab world. What kind of questions would we have considered? More than likely, our discussion would have addressed the static state of the Arab world and modern Middle East with regards to the development of democracy, pluralism and institutionalism. READ MORE


A Door into Summer for the Arab Spring?
Michael Kerr, GPI Opinion, 28 October 2011
Whoever coined the phrase ‘Arab Spring’, in reference to the recent uprisings in the Middle East, gave little consideration to the poor track record of its predecessors in consolidating revolutionary political change from democratic protest movements.  READ MORE



Iran’s Eclipse in the Face of the Arab Spring
Roxane Farmanfarmaian, DIE ZEIT Online, 24 October 2011

As popular movements rapidly recast the Arab landscape, Iran’s power, a short year ago appearing to be on the rise as a result of the Iraq and Afghan wars, is suddenly shrinking as it struggles with internal divisions, and a growing Sunni backlash for its meddling in the Gulf and Arab heartland. READ MORE


Wie Europa mit den Muslimbrüdern umgehen kann
Chris Luenen, DIE ZEIT Online, 6 October 2011

In Fragen der Entwicklungshilfe und der technischen Zusammenarbeit ist die Europäische Union unschlagbar. Man hilft gern, auch den arabischen Mittelmeeranrainern. Allein im letzten Jahr hat die EU eine Rekordsumme von 2,6 Milliarden Euro dorthin überwiesen. Doch trotz dieser wirtschaftlichen Initiativen fehlt es in der EU für den Umgang mit den arabischen Umbrüchen noch immer an kohärenten politischen Strategien. READ MORE


The United States and the Arab Spring: In a Policy Void, Events Become Philosophical Hostages
James D. Boys, GPI Opinion, 17 October 2011

In recent months two events have occurred that have called into question two long standing assumptions about concepts of democracy and leadership. The first was the emergence of the Arab Spring, which raised doubts about the sustainability of non-democratic regimes in the Middle East. The second was the notable absence of the United States from these events… READ MORE


March 2011 – Bahrain’s Forgotten Revolution?
Christopher Davidson, GPI Opinion, 23 September 2011

A few days ago I stumbled across a Youtube clip of bulldozers destroying the national monument in the centre of Bahrain’s Pearl roundabout.  Reminded of the Taleban’s dynamiting of the Buddhas of Bamiyan in 2001, I couldn’t help but think that both were crude and violent attempts by regimes to destroy symbols of a happier past and memories of an alternative national identity. READ MORE


Where is the Palestinian Spring?Carly Beckerman-Boys, GPI Opinion, 21 September 2011

In December 2010 and January 2011, the world witnessed a dramatic wave of mass politics sweep Tunisia and Egypt, toppling the stale regimes of Ben Ali and Mubarak. The Twitter hash tag #nexttofall invited numerous speculations spelling doom for, among others, the Hashemite dynasty and Bahraini royal family, in a movement since termed the ‘Arab Spring’. Read More


The west has a chance to create a new narrative with the Arab world
John Esposito, The Guardian Cif, 18 September 2011

The current transformation in the Arab world offers new opportunities for rebuilding Arab-west relations. The challenge for American and EU policymakers is to construct a new framework to replace a failed paradigm that was based on support for authoritarian regimes and “democratic exceptionalism” in the Arab and Muslim worlds. READ MORE


The Arab Spring is an Opportunity…for Europe
Steven Hill, DIE ZEIT Online, 2 September 2011

The Arab Spring is a historic moment of opportunity for the Middle East – as well as Europe – that must not be wasted. To maximize this potential, Europe will have to play a leading role, stepping up with foreign aid and technical assistance in the short term, and trade and economic development in the longer term. READ MORE

Latest Videos

Watch Dr. Steffen Hertog’s talk at the Global Policy Institute’s and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation’s joint event “Saudi Arabia and the Gulf: A House Built on Sand?” (London, 18 July 2011).

Watch Dr. Guido Steinberg’s talk at the Global Policy Institute’s and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation’s joint event “Saudi Arabia and the Gulf: A House Built on Sand?” (London, 18 July 2011).

Watch Professor Michael Clarke’s talk at the Global Policy Institute’s and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation’s joint event “The New Geopolitics of the Middle East: Iran, Israel and Turkey” (London, 27 June 2011).

Watch Dr. Roxane Farmanfarmaian’s talk at the Global Policy Institute’s and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation’s joint event “The New Geopolitics of the Middle East: Iran, Israel and Turkey” (London, 27 June 2011).