The Durham Global Security Institute (DGSi) pursues research across the contemporary security agenda, focusing on the interface between defence, development and diplomacy as the arena where the most important and challenging security issues arise. Drawing on its network of academic and practitioner expertise, DGSi’s research and educational activity is practically-oriented, innovative and ambitious in casting new light on security challenges and identifying effective responses to complex problems.
The workshop is designed to address how best to deal with the deteriorating security situation in the Middle East and North Africa: How can we accurately describe the situation which now exists, a time characterised by some as the 'Arab Winter'? What is required to restore physical security, the rule of law and economic prosperity? What is the role of national and local governments, and police and criminal justice institutions in a situation characterized by ungoverned spaces, clashes within and between secular and religious forces, legal pluralism, and the presence of armed jihadis, militias, and tribal forces?