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Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center

Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center is an independent research institute based in Beirut, Lebanon, that is part of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Drawing on the knowledge of our top regional experts, Malcolm H. Kerr provides in-depth analysis of political, socio-economic, and security issues in the Middle East and North Africa. It seeks to cultivate a deeper understanding of the region by offering insights into the challenges faced by states and citizens, and by addressing long-term trends. As freedom of expression has been increasingly curbed, Malcolm H. Kerr has served as a space for individuals to express their views on the region and reflect on potential solutions.

As a partner in the XCEPT programme’s X-Border Local Research Network, Malcolm H. Kerr conducts research in the borderlands of Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen. A primary focus of this research is to assess how internal conflicts, external intervention, and human loss and displacement are shaping border areas in the Middle East and North African border areas.

Our team

Research Director
Maha Yahya

Carnegie Middle East Center

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Research Lead
Ahmed Nagi

Carnegie Middle East Center

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Research Lead
Dalia Ghanem  

Carnegie Middle East Center

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Research Lead
Hamza Meddeb

Carnegie Middle East Center

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Research Lead
Bader Al-Saif 

Carnegie Middle East Center

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Research Lead
Mohanad Hage Ali

Carnegie Middle East Center

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Research Lead
Kheder Khaddour

Carnegie Middle East Center

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Research Lead
Armenak Tokmajyan

Carnegie Middle East Center

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Research Lead
Harith Hasan

Carnegie Middle East Center

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Our research

RESEARCH REPORT

23rd June 2022

This report aims to amplify a grounded understanding of the everyday reality of communities in fragile border areas, and how conflict shapes their liv...

RESEARCH REPORT

14th March 2022

This report explores how group rivalries are impeding southern unity, and how this might shape developments in a post-conflict Yemen.

RESEARCH REPORT

27th January 2022

The attack of January 17 will force the United Arab Emirates to make one of two choices, neither of them desirable.

RESEARCH REPORT

23rd December 2021

Rising pressure against Lebanon from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states may well be tied to Hezbollah’s role in Yemen.

RESEARCH REPORT

15th December 2021

Joint bulletin from The Asia Foundation, Rift Valley Institute, and Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center about recent research and activities.

RESEARCH REPORT

25th August 2021

Unfinished Business in Daraa

Armenak Tokmajyan

Regime forces are staging a comeback in southern Syria, and this time Russia may be helping matters.

RESEARCH REPORT

23rd June 2021

Joint bulletin from the X-Border Local Research Network about recent research and activities from The Asia Foundation, Rift Valley Institute, and Malc...

RESEARCH REPORT

14th June 2021

Border markets on Yemen’s northwestern border with Saudi Arabia gave rise to a distinct economic system and bridged communities. Yet the war in Yeme...

ARTICLE

2nd June 2021

Idlib is heavily dependent on the delivery of aid, the disruption of which would almost surely create a humanitarian crisis.

RESEARCH REPORT

27th May 2021

Tunisia’s informal trade networks reflect growing trends: the country’s progressive shift away from Europe, and the rise of Turkey and China as major ...

RESEARCH REPORT

26th April 2021

Sailors Without a Sea

Armenak Tokmajyan

Jordan’s bahhara have suffered from a closed border with Syria, but efforts to resume informal trade ties continue.

ARTICLE

19th April 2021

As border crossings reopen, Jordanian authorities might have to tolerate a degree of informal petty trade with Syria to revive Ramtha’s economy and pr...

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