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Middle East

The Middle East programme facilitates inclusive dialogue, often engaging with groups who sit outside the official diplomatic process, to explore support for the end of conflict. We believe, as people make conflict, only people can resolve it.

 

Our analysis also takes into account the realities of realpolitik and the competing forces present in any political process. Through in-depth research, analysis and building strong relationships we aim to make a contribution to the resolution of the conflict.

A hub of best practice, we bring together international experts, who share our philosophy, to participate in dialogue and contribute to our influential research and policy reports. These encourage a deeper appreciation of the causes and drivers of conflict in the Middle East and challenge established ways of thinking through creative approaches to conflict resolution.

Our work provides spaces in which groups who disagree may begin to build dialogue and find common interests. For example, our work in the occupied Palestinian territories brings together representatives within a divided group, while our work in Lebanon brings together opposing groups. Our guiding principles for the resolution of conflict are:

  • We need to understand not just the symptoms of a conflict - including violence, but where the root causes lie and whether there are legitimate grievances which can be addressed to bring an end to violence.
  • Political solutions which exclude significant constituencies are doomed to fail.
  • Whenever relevant we liaise with governments at the highest political level to increase their awareness of the root causes on conflict and how this needs to shape their policy.
  • We need a better understanding of why groups resort to violence to establish the incentives for non-violent behaviour and peaceful coexistence.
  • We advocate non-military options to resolve conflict.
  • We seek to understand when citizens feel protected and will invest in the state and when they turn to non-state actors.
  • We do this with a small core team who are ambitious for change; we leverage our impact by working closely with international consultants, advisers with deep experience of the region to make a contribution to the reduction of conflict in the region. Our recent work has been generously supported by the European Union, the Norwegian Foreign Ministry, CORDAID, Ploughshares, JAC Trust, Network for Social Change, Zinian Trust, Amberstone Trust, Polden-Puckham Trust and the Rifkind-Levy Trust.

For all media enquiries, please email bollinger.sarah@oxfordresearchgroup.org.uk.

Staff

Gabrielle Rifkind

Gabrielle Rifkind is the Director of the Middle East programme at Oxford Research Group (ORG). She is a group analyst and specialist in conflict resolution. Gabrielle combines in-depth political...

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Sarah Bollinger

Sarah Bollinger joined ORG in 2014 as a Programme Assistant on the Middle East Programme. She is a specialist in the history and politics of the modern Middle East, with a focus on the oil...

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Sara Hassan

Sara Hassan is the Programme Manager for Oxford Research Group's (ORG) Middle East programme. Prior to joining ORG, she spent four years as a Middle East Analyst with IHS Global Insight’s country...

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Professor Oliver Ramsbotham

Oliver Ramsbotham is a Consultant on Oxford Research Group's (ORG) Middle East Programme. He was Chair of the Board from April 2007 until July 2013.

Oliver is a specialist on...

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Professor Paul Rogers

Paul Rogers is Oxford Research Group's (ORG) Global Security Consultant. He has worked in the field of international security, arms control and political violence for over 30 years.

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Advisors

Lord John Alderdice

Lord Alderdice is a medical doctor, psychiatrist and psychotherapist who has been active in politics since the 1970s. He was a key negotiator of the Good Friday Agreement. He sits as a Liberal...

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Yossi Alpher

Yossi Alpher is Advisor to Oxford Research Group's (ORG) Middle East Programme. He was Co-founder and Co-editor of the bitterlemons.net family of internet publications. Alpher is a former...

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Ahmed Badawi

Ahmed Badawi is Co-founder and Executive Director of TRANSFORM: The Interdisciplinary Centre for Conflict Analysis, Political Development and World Society Research. He was Project Director (Israel...

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Dr. Bashir Bashir

Dr. Bashir Bashir is a Research Fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. He taught political philosophy at the LSE, Queen's University, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His primary...

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Michael Brearley

Michael Brearley is a psychoanalyst. He was a professional cricketer who captained England between 1977 and 1981. He has long had an interest in how to get teams to cohere, and how to deal with...

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Brig. Gen. Amira Dotan

From 1965 to 1988, Amira Dotan served in the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) finishing as the Head of the Women’s Corps with the rank of Brigadier General, the first woman in the Israeli history...

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Dr Tony Klug

Dr Tony Klug, advisor to ORG, is a veteran writer and analyst on the Middle East, is Vice-Chair of the Arab-Jewish Forum and a board member of the Palestine-Israel Journal. For many years he worked...

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Ambassador Daniel C. Kurtzer

Daniel C. Kurtzer holds the S. Daniel Abraham Chair in Middle East Policy Studies at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He served in the United...

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Nicolas Pelham

Nicolas Pelham is The Economist’s correspondent in Jerusalem. He spent five years as a senior analyst for International Crisis Group, reporting on Iraq, Lebanon and Israel/Palestine, and...

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Giandomenico (Gianni) Picco

Gianni Picco is Consultant and Advisor to Oxford Research Group (ORG). He worked for some 20 years (1973-92) at the United Nations. Gianni Picco led the task force which secured the cease-fire...

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Professor Oliver Ramsbotham

Oliver Ramsbotham is a Consultant on Oxford Research Group's (ORG) Middle East Programme. He was Chair of the Board from April 2007 until July 2013. Oliver is a specialist on conflict...

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Sir Malcolm Rifkind

Sir Malcolm Rifkind served in the Foreign Office from 1982-86 as a Minister of State and from 1995-97 as Foreign Secretary. From 1992-95 he was Secretary of State for Defence. He is currently MP...

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Dr Azzam Tamimi

Dr Azzam Tamimi is Director of the Institute of Islamic Political Thought (IIPT) in London and former Director of the Islamic Movement Parliamentary Office in Amman, Jordan. He is author of Hamas:...

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Patrick Wilson

Patrick Wilson is a former Foreign & Commonwealth Office diplomat who specialised predominantly in the politics of the Arab world. In later years he specialised in conflict resolution with the...

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Ofer Zalzberg

Ofer Zalzberg is a Senior Analyst with the International Crisis Group's Middle East and North Africa Program. His current interests and areas of specialisation are the theory and practice of...

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Dr Husam Zomlot

Dr Husam Zomlot is a specialist on Middle East affairs. He is Palestinian and currently is a visiting fellow at Harvard’s center for Middle Eastern Studies. He served as a PLO representative to the...

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