In the Middle East, CMI focuses on conflict prevention and conflict resolution in some of the major Arab states experiencing or threatened by conflicts. CMI works in partnership with governments, national think tanks and major political actors, aiming to facilitate dialogue, build workable solutions and practical policy recommendations to prevent conflict and to support peace processes. In more concrete terms, CMI currently works to:
- Facilitate second-track dialogue between Palestinians on practical mechanisms and instruments that can support implementation of any partial or full agreement between the conflicting parties.
- Facilitate a supportive nation-wide dialogue process in Yemen in order to build confidence and trust among different political groups, discuss the issues relevant to the reform of the political system and to formulate as well as advocate further concrete policy recommendations in key policy areas relevant for a wider National Dialogue. Participants to the dialogue process are from different political parties, civil society organizations, the youth movement, the Houthis and the Southern movement as well as academics.
- Support capacity-building in long-term conflict prevention in Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon by a foresight exercise that aims to anticipate economic, socio-political and environmental trends and developments that may have conflict potential, and to build policy recommendations that may help to prevent conflict.