COP Comes to MENA: Examining Climate Change in the Region

The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP) is coming to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and staying for at least two years in a row. In November 2022, COP 27 is set to take place in Egypt and in November 2023, COP 28 will be held in the United Arab Emirates.

COVID-19: Issue Spotlight

The spread of COVID-19 brings to light a number of global, regional, and country-specific challenges affecting the Middle East and North Africa, not only in the health space, but on issues involving the economy, rule of law, security, access to information, and beyond.

Ten Years On: Organizing in the MENA Region

Ten years ago, Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi stood in the middle of traffic, shouted “How do you expect me to make a living?” and set himself on fire, catalyzing popular protests in Tunisia and across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and creating a lens through which advocates, scholars, and policymakers understand the region until today.

Egypt Parliament Watch

When, on January 10, 2016, Egypt’s current legislature gathered under the dome of the parliament building, the country completed the final step in its “democratic roadmap.” This roadmap had been announced in 2013 by Abdel-Fattah El Sisi, then minister of defense, upon the ouster of President Muhammad Morsi.

Egypt Security Watch

In the interest of exploring the complex relationship between threat and response, TIMEP presents Egypt Security Watch—the only such project to offer original content on the security situation in Egypt as a whole.

Pulling Back the Curtain

As President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi’s first four-year term in office comes to an end on June 3, 2018, Egypt’s regime, its citizenry, and the international community are preparing for what was slated to be Egypt’s fourth multi-candidate presidential election in its modern history.

Civil Society

In May 2017, President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi ratified a restrictive new law on nongovernmental organizations. Starting from its passage in parliament in late 2016 and continuing over the past year since its signing, the legislation has met fierce resistance from the human rights and international community, including from foreign allies like the United States and Germany.

Syria’s Women

When antigovernment demonstrations in Syria began in 2011, Syrian women took part in protests standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Syrian men. Since then, women have been involved in all aspects of the conflict and Syrian society in general, from fighting, peacebuilding, and political negotiations to culture, economics, and education.

Syria Unpacked

Recent developments in Syria leave no question about the fact that President Bashar al-Assad is attempting to reassert and reconstitute his authority across the country.

Egypt’s Economic Trajectory

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.

Transitional Justice Project

TIMEP’s Transitional Justice Project (TJP) is an innovative, timely project that addresses crucial issues at the heart of the transitions in the Middle East and fills an important knowledge gap on these issues.