Welcome to the Swedish Middle East and North Africa Network (SWEMENA) website!

SWEMENA gathers researchers and practitioners from institutions across Sweden who work and conduct research on issues related to the Middle East and North Africa region.

On this website you can find information about SWEMENA activities and publications. You can also find general information about the member institutions and their respective research projects, local activities and publications.


SWEMENA brings together different communities of researchers, practitioners and policy makers across Sweden. We all share an interest in the Middle East and North Africa region, as well as the commitment to produce research that is interdisciplinary, a source of dialogue and has a positive impact on policy and society.

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Recent Posts


The Institute for Turkish Studies (Stockholm University) and the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) are pleased to welcome you to SWEMENA’S Second Annual Conference at Stockholm University on 24-25th August 2023. The conference is organised by the SWEMENA Steering Committee. This interdisciplinary event marks the second anniversary of the establishment of SWEMENA – the …

FOI paper on Managing Security in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden

Managing Security in the Red Sea and Gulf of AdenThe Red Sea Council and the Prospect of Multilateralism Authors: Elin Hellquist and Samuel Neuman Bergenwall (FOI) Swedish Defence Research Agency Geopolitical tension is growing around the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden – two of the world’s most strategically important waterways. Not only do …

New article on climate change mitigation and water harvesting in Iraq

RETURNING TO TRADITIONAL SOLUTIONS IN THE FACE OF CLIMATE CHALLENGES Authors: Lina Eklund and Hossein Hashemi (Lund University, CMES) NEAR EAST POLICY FORUM The Middle East region is facing major challenges related to climate change, and Iraq is no exception. Despite being a historically water-rich country, Iraq faces demands from multiple directions for this critical …