The Middle East & North Africa


Many countries across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are experiencing a period of heightened tensions and change. The social compacts that existed between states, citizens, and markets are under stress, with an open question as to how they will be reformed. ISE works with partners to explore the role of the state in the MENA region, understand the drivers of change, and contribute to practical approaches to enhance the state’s ability to meet citizens’ needs and expectations. We continue to work on and draw lessons from countries including Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Yemen, as well as on broader trends affecting the region.

Preparing for a Syrian Transition: Trust Funds

This note considers the application of a multi-donor trust fund (MDTF) to a possible Syrian transition. Firstly, it considers how an MDTF could act as the primary funding mechanism for short-term emergency support. Secondly, it…

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Preparing for a Syrian Transition: Lessons from the Past, Thinking for the Future

This paper develops scenarios for possible Syrian transitions. It identifies relevant peace building lessons from the past, outlines recommendations for members of the international community and pinpoints issues for articulating and implementing a transitional agenda.…

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Turkey: Constructing a Modern State 1918 to 1938

The creation of modern Turkey was characterized by a remarkable set of internally driven reforms. We break this complicated process into its key components. What were the key political steps? What were the key economic…

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June 09, 2020 | 9:00 to 10:00 ET, 13:00 to 14:00 GMT

The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the acute leadership challenges during shock events – decision-making, sequencing and strategy are made more challenging yet profoundly more critical. In periods of crisis – whether it be conflict, political transition, natural disaster or pandemic – leaders must make difficult decisions about what reforms to enact and when.

This event will combine insight from the Institute for State Effectiveness (ISE) and the World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid (WLA-CdM) to examine how leaders at moments of crisis decide and sequence reforms.

 

Participants

Franck Bousquet, Senior Director, Fragility, Violence and Conflict (FCV), The World Bank

Boris Tadić, Former President, Republic of Serbia

Amat Al Alim Alsoswa, Former Minister of Human Rights, Yemen

Clare Lockhart, Director, Institute for State Effectiveness

Raj Kumar, President, Devex (moderator)