Hamza Meddeb

Nonresident scholar

Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center

Hamza Meddeb is a nonresident scholar at the Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center, where his research focuses on economic reform, political economy of conflicts, and border insecurity across the Middle East and North Africa. 

Meddeb is also assistant professor at the South Mediterranean University (SMU) in Tunis. Prior to that, Meddeb was a research fellow at the Middle East Directions Program at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy, a visiting fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) from September to December 2016, and a Jean Monnet fellow at EUI from 2013 to 2015, where he focused on political transition and inequality in Tunisia.

Meddeb’s research interests lies at the intersection of political economy, security studies, and socio-political dynamics in Tunisia and North Africa. He also covers EU-Mediterranean relations and the growing activism of non-Euro-Mediterranean actors in the Mediterranean.

In 2017, Meddeb was report coordinator and co-author with Olivier Roy, Silvia Colombo, Lorenzo Kamel, and Katerina Dalacoura of the book,Religion and Politics: Religious Diversity, Political Fragmentation and Geopolitical Tensions in the MENA Region, for the EU-funded Middle East and North Africa Regional Architecture) MENARA project. Among his latest publications are Precarious Resilience: Tunisia’s Libyan Predicament (MENARA Future Notes, 2017), Peripheral Vision: How Europe Can Help Preserve Tunisia’s Fragile Democracy (ECFR, 2017), and Smugglers, Tribes and Militias: The Rise of Local Forces in the Tunisian-Libyan Border Region. Meddeb also contributed a chapter in a book by Luigi Narbone, Agnès Favier, and Virginie Collombier (ed.), Inside Wars: Local Dynamics of Conflicts in Syria and Libya (EUI, RSCAS, MEDirections Programme, 2016).


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