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07 Feb 2019

Sustaining Peace in the WANA Region

In partnership with the West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute, the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation hosted an interactive workshop on Sustaining Peace in the WANA Region on 6 and 7 February in Amman. Academic experts, UN staff, civil society actors, and government representatives participated in the di...
26 Apr 2018

From Global to Local: Debating Security Plus in the Jordanian Context

The West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute and Friends of Europe gathered 15 national experts and policy-makers on Thursday to discuss how to localise Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) efforts. Participants debated on how to implement community-driven P/CVE projects and design counter...
17 Oct 2018

Jordanian Minister for Labour HE Samir Murad Speaks at Wilton Park Event on Youth Unemployment in the Levant alongside Young Jordanian Entrepreneurs

Wilton Park, with the support of the WANA Institute, has gathered 50 experts from 13 countries in Jordan from 16 to 18 October to address the employment challenges currently facing young people in the Levant region. The region has the highest youth unemployment rate in the world, standing in Jordan,...
21 May 2015

Arab region cooperative framework necessary to address ongoing conflict

21 May 2015, Amman, Jordan: HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal today called for policy-makers to consider a broad, inclusive, interdisciplinary and systematic framework to better understand the impact of protracted conflict and violence in the West Asia region, at an expert group meeting organised by th...
21 Apr 2016

WANA Institute co-hosts expert roundtable on sustainable energy, refugees and national resilience

On April 19-20, the WANA Institute, together with Chatham House and with kind support from the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Affairs, organised a high-level expert roundtable on sustainable energy, refugees and national resilience. It brought together a wide range of experts and stakeholders from NGOs,...
24 Aug 2017

What Does the Journey of Jordanian Foreign Fighters Returning to Jordan Teach Us about Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Efforts?

A recent study by the West Asia – North Africa (WANA) Institute shows that by focussing on key drivers of radicalisation, we might be overlooking more targeted approaches. The main focus of CVE efforts is currently on fighting key drivers, such as under-employment, lack of civic agency, and corrupti...
30 Jul 2017

Human Security and Radicalisation Drivers in Jordan

On 30 July 2017, the West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute gathered 25 experts to discuss the relationship between human security programming and projects that aim to counter violent extremism in Jordan. The WANA Institute shared its research findings which identified obstacles to efficient human ...
07 Jun 2016

WANA Institute Featured in Together We Stand, a UNOCHA and Tudor Rose Publication for the World Humanitarian Summit

The WANA Institute was featured with an article in Together We Stand, which is a public-private partnership publication by Tudor House and UNOCHA for the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul 23-24 May. The book collected short articles from various humanitarian actors, who drew on their knowledge, ...
06 Apr 2016

WANA Institute Awarded NWO Grant for Countering Violent Extremism Project

The WANA Institute is pleased to announce that it will be awarded a significant grant for a research project titled  "Towards more effective human security approaches in the context of the emerging threat of violent radicalisation in Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia”. The grant will be awarded by the...
10 Sep 2018

WANA Region Needs Youth-Focused Human Security Approach

According to the latest Global Peace Index GPI 2018, the West Asia-North Africa (WANA) region is less peaceful today than at any time in the past decade. In a recent publication, the WANA Institute argues that introducing a youth-focused human security approach can help tackle the region’s security ...
06 May 2018

Syrian Refugee Employment Trends in Jordan

A recent publication by the West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute provides insight into Syrian refugee employment trends in Jordan. Are Syrians employed in their preferred sector? Can the labour market absorb all Syrian workers? And how do Syrian workers feel about a potential return to post-confl...
17 Nov 2019

End of project workshop: Towards More Effective Human Security Approaches

A recent research project by the West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute provides insight into Human Security (HS) approaches that empower community stakeholders to participate in and contribute to security dynamics. How improved HS programming can address the drivers of violent extremism? How state...
21 May 2020

The Role of Youth in Countering Extremist Ideology

AMMAN, JORDAN: The Strong Cities Network in Jordan, and in collaboration with our implementing partner, the West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute, held its first virtual seminar (Diwaneyeh) on Thursday, May 21, 2020, as part of the network’s newly launched series of virtual seminars: “Diwaneyat” i...
20 Dec 2017

Women’s Role in Countering Violent Extremism

An estimated 3,000 of the 20,000 foreign fighters who joined Daesh were women. While the focus has primarily been on Western cases, women from the West Asia – North Africa region were also drawn to the cause. A recent study by the WANA Institute analyses how women are affected by violent extremist o...
02 Mar 2016

Executive Director Dr Erica Harper to speak at City Debates Conference in Beirut

From March 2 - 4, Dr Erica Haper will be speaking at the American University of Beiruit's City Debate Series: Urban Policy Mobilities and International Aid; Lessons from Regional Planning and Refugee Policies. City Debates 2016 stems from a relational and multi-scalar understanding of urban policy a...
12 Aug 2018

Improved Human Security Measures to Counter Violent Extremism in Jordan, Lebanon, and Tunisia

The West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute gathered 20 stakeholders from Jordan, Lebanon, and Tunisia in Amman today to discuss its preliminary research findings emerging from a regional research project titled “Towards more effective human security approaches in Jordan, Lebanon, and Tunisia.” Huma...
17 Apr 2019

Measuring the Impact of the Syrian Refugee Crisis on the Jordanian Economy

The West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute and Mercy Corps held a high-level panel discussion on Wednesday to highlight their recent research findings on the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on the Jordanian economy. The panel consisted of Reem Goussous, Managing Director of Endeavor Jordan; Lai...
22 Jul 2020

The Role of the Family and the Media in Combating Extremist Ideology

AMMAN, JORDAN: The Strong Cities Network in Jordan, and in collaboration with the implementing partner, the West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute, held its fifth  “Diwaneyeh”, on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, titled: “The Role of the Family and the Media In Combating Extremist Ideology” as part of the...
12 Nov 2017

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

A recent study by the West Asia – North Africa (WANA) Institute shows that more efforts are needed to unite human security and preventing/countering violent extremism (P/CVE) methods in Jordan. The research argues that P/CVE should be understood as a pillar of human security, as opposed to as an iso...
12 Jul 2015

WANA Fellows Participate in the Third Annual Hague Peace Conference

Last week, WANA Research Fellows Kim Wilkinson and Emily Hawley attended the Third Annual Peace Conference, hosted by The Hague University of Applied Sciences, in the Netherlands, after being selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants. The Third Annual Hague Peace Conference has a unique ...
19 Mar 2018

Post-Daesh and Still Desperate

Despite Daesh’s military defeat, many of the drivers that encouraged individuals to join the violent extremist group have not been addressed. According to a recent West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute report, violent extremist groups are adjusting their recruitment techniques accordingly. While m...
22 Sep 2016

Human Security Workshop Success

The WANA Institute, working with a team of local and international partners, held a successful event titled ‘Human Security in Fragile and Conflict Affected Settings’ this September. The event, attended by local NGOs, international organisations and government and regional representatives, looked at...
03 Aug 2016

New Publication on Energy Resilience and Refugees

Following a high-level workshop held in Amman on 19-20 April 2016, a report has now been published. It was co-authored by Adel Elsayed Sparr, Deputy Director at the WANA Institute, Glada Lahn, Senior Research Fellow at Chatham House, and Owen Grafham, Project Coordinator at Chatham House, was made p...
26 Nov 2017

Media Narratives Countering Violent Extremism

On 26 November 2017, the West Asia - North Africa (WANA) Institute gathered 40 international and local experts to discuss the role of media narratives in countering violent extremism (CVE) in Jordan. The WANA Institute shared its research findings, which analysed examples of radicalisation counter-n...
10 Jun 2020

The Role of Moderate Religious Discourse in Combating Extremist Ideology

AMMAN, JORDAN: The Strong Cities Network in Jordan and Lebanon, and in collaboration with our implementing partner, the West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute, held its second virtual panel discussion (Diwaneyeh) on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, titled: “The Role of Moderate Religious Discourse in Comb...
15 Jul 2020

The Role of Civil Society Organizations in Combating Extremist Ideology

AMMAN, JORDAN: The Strong Cities Network in Jordan , and in collaboration with our implementing partner, the West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute, held its Fourth virtual panel discussion (Diwaniya) on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, titled: “THE ROLE OF CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS IN COMBATING EXTREMI...
24 Jun 2020

The Impact of Violence on Social Cohesion and Peace

AMMAN, JORDAN: The Strong Cities Network in Jordan , and in collaboration with our implementing partner, the West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute, held its third virtual panel discussion (Diwaneyeh) on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, titled: “The impact of violence on social cohesion and peace” as part...
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