TMENA 2: Terrorism Radicalization and Government Policy in MENA

Terrorisme, Radicalisation et Politique Gouvernementale dans les Pays Arabes - AAPG ANR 2017

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TMENA2 2019 Workshop 7th February

TMENA2 Workshop sur la radicalisation This workshop, organised in the framework of the ANR TMENA2 project on “Terrorism, Radicalization and …

Cyrine Hannafi has successfully defended her thesis `The Poverty-GDP per capita-Health triangle in developing countries’

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Go to political economy of government policies and dynamics with increasing violence and radicalization

political economy of government policies and dynamics with increasing violence and radicalization

We study the types of social insecurities that might lead to higher violence and citizen mobilization. In studying the root causes of political uprisings, we go beyond inequality consider all types of grievances, including lack of democratization.

Go to Relationship between domestic ‘every day’ violence and violence outside of the home

Relationship between domestic ‘every day’ violence and violence outside of the home

The MENA region has the second highest prevalence rates of intimate partner violence and the highest rates of severe physical punishment of children. We analyse as comprehensively as possible the developmental impact of different types of violence in the MENA region.

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We use the Minorities at Risk Organisational Database, and the Global Terrorism Database, along other sources of information.

Our team faces methodological challenges, like data availability or the use of advanced econometrics techniques. We also unlock theoretical obstacles as the literature does not provide any comprehensive framework on these issues¸ especially, on the link between government policies and political mobilization and violence.

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France is the centre of this reseach network, which spans from the United Kingdom, to Germany, and Egypt.
We combine the gathering of new data informative on social interactions leading to violent organisations, with publicly available data sets from administrative sources.

• What are individual determinants of political participation protest and radicalization in the MENA region? What are the driving mechanisms and internal structure of political organizations and social communities involved in any kind of terrorist activities? • What is the dynamics of social policies and labour market conditions in the MENA region and how are these policies and other government reforms interlinked with increasing violence, protests and radicalization? • What are the causes and dynamics of social radical and political transitions in the MENA region? • How strong is the effect of the perception of social inequalities and growing aspirations on radicalism terrorist attacks and potential conflicts? • What is the role of social media and new cybertechnologies in mobilization and uprisings, specifically in the MENA region? • How strong are spillovers on Europe and its citizens and what is the efficiency of policies that are aiming at curbing the effect of social issues on the reduction of violence?

  • This is a four year project, 2017-2021

  • We have organised the `TMENA2 Launch Meeting' and the Workshop `Ethnic and Spatial Confrontations: Incomes, Networks and Terrorism'

  • Journal Articles : What are the costs of violence? and Social transfers and conditionalities under different regime types.


Uniting Researchers from France, Switzerland, Egypt, the United Kingdom, and Germany

Christophe Muller

Project Manager
Professor of economics and statistics at the University of Aix-Marseille in France

Marina Dodlova

Research Associate
Marina Dodlova has a PhD in Economics from University Paris Ouest Nanterre, and has a position of Assistant Professor at the University of Passau. Her research interests include the political economy of development.

Eric Strobl

Research Associate
Eric Strobl is Professor in Environmental and Climate Economics at the University of Bern, Switzerland. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Trinity College. He has an extensive record of publication in journals, such as Journal of Urban Economics, and Journal of Development Economics.

Mona Said

Research Associate
Mona Said is associate professor of economics and chair of Department of Economics at The American University of Cairo, Egypt. She earned her PhD degree in Economics from University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. She also held operational positions at the MENA Department of the World Bank.

Cyrine Hannafi

Research Associate
Cyrine Hannafi obtained her Phd in economics at the Aix-Marseille University in November 2018. Her research focuses on the health-poverty-development triangle, advanced cointegration issues, and the recent violence in Syria.

Pierre Pecher

Project Co-Manager
Pierre Pecher holds a PhD in Economics from UCLouvain. He is post-doctoral research fellow at Aix-Marseille University. He has published in Economics of Governance, and has a forthcoming paper in the Journal of African Economies.

Krisztina Kis-Katos

Research Associate
Krisztina Kis-Katos is professor for International Economic Policy at the University of Göttingen. Her research interests comprise development economics, political economy and the economics of conflict.

Rami Galal

Research Associate
Rami Galal is Assistant Professor of Economics at the American University in Cairo. His research covers issues in development economics, labor economics, and inequality in the Middle East and North Africa. He has worked with the World Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Anke Hoeffler

Humboldt Professor at the University of Konstanz

Christine Binzel

Professor of Economics at the Institute of Economics at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)

Sanjay Jain

Lecturer at the University of Oxford

Mina Ayad

Mina Ayad is an Assistant professor of Economics specialized in international trade and globalization issues.

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Our Objectives : Target 1 : Data collection and survey Target 2 : Construction of economic indicators Target 3: Economic theory modelling Target 4: Design of economic specification and methods Target 5: The estimation of the empirical version of the models Target 6: Policy analysis Target 7: Dissemination of the results

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