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Middle East and North Africa

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SIPRI’s work in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) spans the region and involves several cross-cutting themes—including dialogue, peacekeeping, peacebuilding, military expenditure and security.

The MENA Programme aims to provide in-depth analyses of the political, social, economic and environmental drivers of conflict and pathways to peace in the region with the purpose of informing those involved in, or planning, interventions. Alongside local understandings, research is used to develop recommendations on how to build pathways to peace. The Programme’s focus includes both regional and country level analyses, as well as in-depth local analysis, where it has long been identified that interventions have a better chance of success.


Local peace and conflict

This initiative focuses on the everyday as a way of understanding local manifestations of peace and conflict, which can be used to inform peacebuilding processes.

Regional trends

This initiative aims to understand factors that are conducive to political unrest and how they may evolve and affect developments in the coming decade.