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Human Security Publications

02 Nov 2017

Towards a Unified Human Security and P/CVE Method in Jordan: Challenges and Changes

The threat of violent extremism facing the West Asia-North Africa (WANA) region and beyond has signalled the need for broader and more holistic conceptualisations of the key notions underpinning the phenomenon. To date, governments, donors and practitioners have approached Preventing and Countering ...
Author : Nadine Sayegh, Dr Neven Bondokji
24 Aug 2017

Journey Mapping of Selected Jordanian Foreign Fighters

Despite significant knowledge around the drivers of radicalisation, little is known about the motivations, influences and/or stressors in play when someone harbouring radical ideology decides to join an extremist group or use violence to express their ideological convictions. Building understanding ...
Author : Dr Neven Bondokji, Dr Erica Harper
14 Aug 2017

Jordan’s Recent Economic Performance: Implications for Future Growth, Investment, Refugee Policy and Refugees

The past six years have been transformative for the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. As a result of the civil war in Syria, the country has absorbed more than 660,000 Syrian refugees according to the United Nations Refugee Agency; while the official census, which was conducted in December 2015, estimate...
Author : Shaddin Alhajahmad, Dorsey Lockhart
14 Aug 2017

Syrian Refugee Labour Integration Policy in Jordan

Despite the Syrian refugee crisis’ apparent neglible impact on Jordan’s leading macroeconomic indicators, the possibility that the influx of so many people has had no effect on economic conditions is unlikely. This paper reviews the first year of the Jordan Compact and Syrian Refugee Labour Integrat...
Author : Shaddin Alhajahmad, Dorsey Lockhart
02 May 2017

Examining Psychological Drivers of Radicalisation in Jordan

Since the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011, it is estimated that over 35,000 foreign fighters have joined Sunni militant groups, such as Daesh and al-Qaeda in Iraq and Syria. The threat posed by such groups — both inside conflict zones and in countries of origin — has focused attention on the dr...
Author : Dr Erica Harper
18 Apr 2017

From Politics to Policy: Building Regional Resilience in West Asia and North Africa

From Politics to Policy: Building Resilience in West Asia and North Africa is an anthology of research conducted by the WANA Institute between 2015 and 2016 in the areas of human security, social justice, and sustainability. The chapters point to increased inter-sectorial collaboration being the key...
Author : WANA Institute
21 Feb 2017

Trapped Between Destructive Choices: Radicalisation Drivers Affecting Youth In Jordan

Research on radicalisation drivers points to complex dynamics that include economic, social, psychological, and ideological push and pull factors. This report analyses radicalisation drivers that affect Jordanian and Syrian refugee youth in four radicalisation hotbeds: Ma’an, Salt, Irbid, and Rusayf...
Author : Dr Neven Bondokji, Kim Wilkinson, Leen Aghabi
01 Jan 2017

Refugee Labour Inclusion: Turkey and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

The following report is an assessment of the viability and the modalities of including Syrian refugees in the labour markets of the following host states: the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and Turkey. Due to a lack of data available on refugee skillsets, the ability to quantify absorption capacity by se...
Author : Shaddin Alhajahmad, Dr Erica Harper
28 Nov 2016

Building Resilience and Sustaining Peace in the West Asia – North Africa Region: Reflections

To inform policy discussions taking place at the UN and in other international fora on the outcomes of the recent UN reviews on peace and security with experiences and perspectives of the regional and country level, the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation (the Foundation), in collaboration with the West Asi...
Author : WANA Institute
01 Nov 2016

صمود نظم الطاقة في ظل أزمة اللاجئين في الأردن

تم إعداد هذه الورقة البحثية من قبل المعهد الملكي للشؤون الدولية (تشاثام هاوس) ومعهد غرب آسيا وشمال أفريقيا (WANA)، وأيضًا بفضل الدعم المقدم من قبل وزارة الشؤون الخارجية بهولندا. تهدف هذه الورقة إلى تسليط الضوء على بعض المشاريع التي تسعى إلى التغلّب على التحديات التي تخص تأمين المياه والطاقة، والتي ظ...
Author : Adel Elsayed Sparr
06 Oct 2016

Contingency Planning for Post-Conflict Syria

War is unilaterally destructive. Victories come at heavy costs and agreements force painful compromise. Moreover, for many civil conflicts, the end is inconclusive. Some two-thirds of countries devolve back into warfare within a decade. The civil conflict in Syria – sectarian, ideological, and inter...
Author : Annalisa Bezzi, Emily Hawley
20 Sep 2016

The Correlates of Civil Conflict and Instability in the West Asia-North Africa Region - Conflict Resilience Model Background Paper

One  of  the  principal  findings  of  this  research is  that against  clear global  trends,  conflict in  the West  Asia  and  North  Africa  (WANA)  region  is  intensifying.  There  are  four  reasons  to  be concerned  about  this  situation  beyond  the  death  and  suffering  that  conflicts ...
Author : Kim Wilkinson, Mays Abdel Aziz, Emily Hawley
08 Sep 2016

Understanding Radicalisation: A Literature Review of Models and Drivers

Interest  in  the  drivers  of,  and  models  to  explain,  the  processes  of  radicalisation  has increased  exponentially  since  the  terrorist  attacks  of  11  September  2001. Attention  has focused  on  the West Asia-North Africa  (WANA)  region due  to  the expansion and  reach  of armed ra...
Author : Dr Neven Bondokji, Leen Aghabi, Kim Wilkinson
21 Jan 2016

Forging New Strategies in Protracted Refugee Crises: Regional Study

The Syrian refugee crisis is exposing the inadequacy of international refugee policy for responding to complex, protracted crises in the contemporary era. As the fighting in Syria drags on indefinitely, host states in Syria’s neighbourhood are facing new challenges and increasingly struggling to pro...
31 Dec 2015

The Case for Establishing an International Labour Compensatory Facility

Moderate migration is nominally positive for both hosts and migrants and creates mixed outcomes for countries of origin depending on their size and wealth. In small and less wealthy countries, migration can often breach a tipping point, after which benefits associated with remittances no longer outw...
Author : Dr Erica Harper, Adel Elsayed Sparr, Mays Abdel Aziz
10 Dec 2015

The Case for a WANA Regional Development Bank

New and better solutions are needed to respond to the economic challenges that are affecting the West Asia- North Africa (WANA) region and potentially maintaining it in a conflict trap. These solutions must evolve from the region itself, both for sustainability and to galvanise the political will ne...
Author : Mays Abdel Aziz
01 Oct 2015

Forging New Strategies in Protracted Refugee Crises: Syrian Refugees and the Host State Economy: Jordan Case Study

The Syrian refugee crisis is exposing the inadequacy of international refugee policy for responding to complex, protracted crises in the contemporary era. As the fighting in Syria drags on indefinitely, host states in Syria’s neighbourhood are facing new challenges and increasingly struggling to pro...
Author : Sean D. Thomas, Mays Abdel Aziz, Dr Erica Harper
25 Oct 2009

WANA-led Reconstruction and Recovery Expert Consultation Report

Reconstruction is a process of fundamental importance for the long-term peace, stability and development of all countries affected by conflict and war. The WANA region has experienced some of the most devastating wars of recent years and reconstruction and recovery have a particularly important role...
Author : WANA Institute
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