Commentary

Who Will Benefit from Tunisia’s Green Hydrogen Strategy?

As the global energy sector sought to revamp itself over recent years, several countries around the world have joined a frantic race toward green hydrogen—crowned the “energy of the future.” In Tunisia, a green hydrogen strategy is underway. While this “green energy” is mainly designed to be exported to Europe, at the expense of the Tunisian green transition, civil society calls upon the need for a “just transition.” 

Gabès, a Victim of Industrial Pollution in Tunisia 

On June 5, 2022, the world celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first United Nations Environment Conference, which led to the creation of the United Nations Environment Program and to the designation of June 5 as World Environment Day. At the same time, in the south of Tunisia, the region of Gabès, celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Tunisian Chemical Group, a public company operating phosphate mines since the 1970s, and has polluted its water and oasis ever since.

With or Without an IMF Deal, Tunisia Faces a...

Even with an IMF deal, as well as other possible future loans, Tunisia’s economic recovery will require deep and—most importantly—inclusive reforms that would boost the economy without sacrificing vulnerable households. Rising discontent among Tunisians is also bound to complicate an already complex political and socio-economic crisis regardless of the state’s attempts to solve the crisis now.

Explainers

How Russia’s War in Ukraine is Impacting the MENA...

As the war in Ukraine has been raging for over four months, there are growing concerns on its long-term effects on the countries from the MENA region that are particularly vulnerable due to crises that predate the Russian invasion. This article offers an overview of the impact the war has had on the region in terms of food security, fuel prices, and vulnerability.

Dual Threats: Water Scarcity and Rising Sea Levels in...

As global temperatures rise, spurred on by human activity, an environmental crisis has emerged with severe repercussions across the Middle East and North Africa. Egypt is an important case study for climate change vulnerabilities.

Reports & Briefs

TIMEP Brief: Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, a 6,500-megawatt hydroelectric power plant being constructed in Ethiopia, has been a major point of contention between Egypt and its southern neighbors.

TIMEP Brief: China’s Role in Egypt’s Economy

China’s interests in Egypt have brought valuable revenue into the country, but their long-term social impact is unclear, and the strengthening of ties may facilitate rights abuses as China has interrogated and repatriated members of its Muslim Uighur community from Egypt.

TIMEP Monthly Briefs: July 2019

This monthly compilation of TIMEP briefs offers succinct, policy-relevant information on regional issues, laws, and policies, highlighting the context in which developments occur, their trajectories, and implications.

Projects

In partnership with Tree Media’s Need to Know (N2K) project, the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) has produced a video series unpacking the diplomatic conflict related to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) situated on the Blue Nile River. Since construction on GERD began in early 2011, it has been a political flashpoint between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan, with each nation staking out competing claims about how GERD poses either an opportunity or a threat to their respective countries.

Egypt’s Economic Trajectory provides tools to help make sense of the country’s reform program, along with analysis of developments and data, to assess the program in terms not only of economic indicators, but also its impact on social health and human rights.