CMES Public Seminar: Trendspotting “Breakthroughs” in the Middle East

Lund University organises annually a “Future Week” and this year’s theme is “Breakthroughs” in all conceivable forms. Centre for Middle Eastern Studies is participating with a panel of Middle East scholars who will present five trendspotting on a broad range of topics from climate change, migration, human rights, protracted conflict, democratization to peace and regional security.

FOI report on Algeria reaction to transnational security threats

Navigating in a complex neighbourhood: Algeria’s response to security challenges in Libya and the Sahel

Author: Alexandra Hallqvist & Bitte Hammargren
2020

Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)

Abstract

Algeria has traditionally had a stabilising role in a conflict-torn and unstable region. At a time when Algeria faces considerable political and economic challenges at home, developments, in particular in Libya and the Sahel, have resulted in increasingly complex and transnational security threats. The purpose of the report is to provide an overview of key aspects of Algeria’s history, politics, economy, military, and recent political developments, and to increase the understanding of how Algeria responds to the instability in Libya and the Sahel.

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Book on conducting research in hostile environments

Safer Field Research in the Social Sciences: A Guide to Human and Digital Security in Hostile Environments

Authors: Jannis Grimm, Kevin Koehler, Ellen M. Lust, Ilyas Saliba & Isabell Schierenbeck

SAGE Publishing

Abstract

Exploring the challenges and risks of social science fieldwork, this book shares best practice for conducting research in hostile environments and pragmatic advice to help you make good decisions.

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Article on Iran’s strategic interests in Yemen

What is in Yemen for Iran? A Realist Assessment of Tehran’s
Strategic Calculus in the Arabian Peninsula

Author: Maysam Behravesh
December, 2020

A chapter in “Navigating the Regional Chessboard” (Ed. Vogt, Achim & Schmid, Sarah), December 2020

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

Abstract

This article addresses Iran’s involvement in Yemen from a realist perspective and in the wider framework of the geopolitical rivalry between the Islamic Republic on the one hand and Saudi Arabia and its allies, particularly the United States, on the other. Focusing on the “demand” side of the civil war, or motives and incentives for its perpetuation, it tries to delineate how Iranian leaders perceive Yemen and how Tehran uses this pivotal node of “strategic depth” in the Arabian Peninsula for deterrence, security provision as well as power projection purposes. The article concludes Iran is in Yemen for the long haul and therefore urges a holistic policy approach to conflict resolution that recognizes long-term interests and concerns of all major conflicting parties on the ground and seeks to make Iran’s intervention and involvement in Yemen less necessary rather than more costly.

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