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Dr. Mohammed El-Katiri

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Dr. Mohammed El-Katiri is a Director of MENA Insight, a political risk consultancy that focuses on the Middle East and North Africa, and a Senior Research Analyst at the United Kingdom’s (UK) Conflict Studies Research Centre (CSRC). Before joining CSRC, Dr. El-Katiri was a Research Fellow at the UK Defence Academy, and later served as a Political Risk Analyst at Eurasia Group and as a senior researcher at the Hague Institute for Global Justice. With more than 10 years of regional experience, his research interests include political and economic security in North Africa and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, as well as North African relations with the European Union, and security policies around the Mediterranean. Dr. El-Katiri has published numerous internal and external UK Defence Academy reports, including reference papers on national and regional security issues in the GCC and the Mediterranean, and a monograph on the Algerian national oil and gas company Sonatrach. In addition, his publications include commentaries and research papers in a range of languages for research organizations in the UK and Europe, as well as various newspaper articles in and about the region. Dr. El-Katiri is a frequent commentator in media including the British Broadcasting Company, the Financial Times, and Al-Jazeera.

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SSI books and monographs by Dr. Mohammed El-Katiri

  • The Quest for Military Cooperation in North Africa: Prospects and Challenges

    October 25, 2016

    Authored by Dr. Mohammed El-Katiri.
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    The deterioration of the security situation in most North African countries in the post-Arab Spring era has spurred a variety of urgently-needed security and military cooperation initiatives in the region. However, attempts to construct a security cooperation framework on more than a bilateral or trilateral basis have failed due to a variety of long-standing political and security challenges.

  • From Assistance to Partnership: Morocco and its Foreign Policy in West Africa

    November 17, 2015

    Authored by Dr. Mohammed El-Katiri.
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    This monograph focuses on the geopolitical and economic drivers for the renewed Moroccan interest in West Africa. It also examines how Morocco is conducting its foreign and security policy in a variety of Western African countries. It highlights Morocco’s contribution to counterextremism in West Africa and Sahel regions, through the provision of training to the imams and preachers of African Mosques.

  • Strengthening Statehood Capabilities for Successful Transitions in the Middle East / North Africa Region

    April 02, 2015

    Authored by Dr. Mohammed El-Katiri.
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    The post-revolution political elites in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia are struggling to strengthen their legitimacy in the eyes of the public, but their attempts to gather support for much-needed new political institutions and reforms have made limited progress. This monograph explains why and suggests what can be done to help.

  • Regionalizing East Mediterranean Gas: Energy Security, Stability, and the U.S. Role

    December 19, 2014

    Authored by Dr. Mohammed El-Katiri, Ms. Laura El-Katiri.
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    The tremendous economic and geostrategic significance of the East Mediterranean's newly discovered and potential future hydrocarbon resources also holds the potential for new grounds for conflict. The significance of these discoveries to the geopolitics of the East Mediterranean and Middle East Regions as well as potential U.S. strategic responses to these unfolding challenges is examined.

  • United States-Gulf Cooperation Council Security Coopeeration in a Multipolar World

    October 01, 2014

    Authored by Dr. Mohammed El-Katiri.
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    Military and security cooperation with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states is of continuing importance for the United States given the region's pivotal location in the Middle East and proximity to Iran. This monograph examines recent developments in the political and economic dynamics in GCC countries and their neighbors, and the potential implications for this cooperation.

  • Revival of Political Islam in the Aftermath of Arab Uprisings: Implications for the Region and Beyond

    July 21, 2014

    Authored by Dr. Mohammed El-Katiri.
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    The rise to power of Islamist political parties in a number of North African states over the past 3 years has caused widespread concern over the future domestic and foreign policy directions of those states. This monograph explores political change in Egypt, Tunisia, and Morocco, and concludes that despite political crises in each country, worst case scenarios have not been borne out and there is hope for optimism.

  • The Future of the Arab Gulf Monarchies in the Age of Uncertainties

    June 10, 2013

    Authored by Dr. Mohammed El-Katiri.
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    This monograph assesses the challenges facing the Arab Gulf’s rulers, and proposes meaningful political reform as a means of mitigating these challenges.

  • State-Building Challenges in a Post-Revolution Libya

    October 31, 2012

    Authored by Dr. Mohammed El-Katiri.
    Following the overthrow of Muammar Qadhafi, Libya’s National Transitional Council inherited a difficult and volatile domestic situation. The new leadership faces serious challenges in all areas of statehood. Libya’s immediate future is of critical importance, consequently, it is especially important for Libya's interim government to build the political institutions for a functioning modern democratic state.