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The New Middle East: Emerging Political and Ideological Trends

NewME is a research project based at the University of Oslo, Institute of Culture and Oriental Studies (IKOS). The project was established in 2011 and will continue until the spring of 2016. NewME is financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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About the project

This is a research project based at the University of Oslo, comprising researchers from PRIO (Peace Research Institute Oslo) and the University of Oslo. There are several researchers on the project, each working on their own sub-projects within a common framework. The project started in 2011 and will be completed by the summer of 2016.

Even before the outbreak of the Arab Spring, which has led to the fall of the autocratic regimes in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, and put severe pressure on the regimes in Yemen, Syria and other countries, the Middle East was in transition. Old patriarchal structures are crumbling, the population getting younger, and the democracy deficit is acute. Where is the Middle East heading?


The different sub-projects are aimed at illuminating different aspects of the ongoing changes in the region through the two common research-questions:

1. Which political and ideological trends find support among the youth?

2. Which trends are observable in the civil society?


This projects consists of researchers from The University of Oslo, Fafo (Institute for Labour and Social Research) and PRIO (Peace Research Institute Oslo)


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Published Oct 14, 2011 02:13 PM - Last modified Mar 28, 2016 02:01 PM