MENARA Progress: Success at the Budapest Conference

On April 18, 2018, the Middle East and North Africa Regional Architecture (MENARA) held yet another conference to check on its teams’ progress.

The AUI MENARA team—composed of Vice President Messari, Dr. Djallil Lounnas, Dr. Mehdi Lahlou, Mr. Rachid Daoudi and Mr. Makhtar Rhanai—is proud to announce that their great work over the course of the past year has paid off, resulting in a successful Budapest conference.

Some of the team’s accomplishments include: submitting 4 papers, two of which are research papers, one of which is a policy brief, and another of which is a future note; conducting five fact finding missions in five MENA countries (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Senegal, and Mali), making AUI the only team to have extensively covered the North African-Sahelian Region; conducting sixty of the hundred and sixty six MENARA interviews—interviewees ranged from citizens, officials, and people from the opposition, to intellectuals, journalist, NGO representatives, and even international organizations; collecting comprehensive data that will allow the team to render more accurate comparisons; and rigorously managing financial resources.