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Hanen Keskes

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Hanen Keskes is a politics PhD candidate researching security sector reform and counterterrorism in Tunisia.

Concomitantly, Hanen continues to work with the Natural Resource Governance Institute. In this role, she provides strategic and programmatic support to Middle East and North Africa (MENA) projects, including establishing and implementing a regional research agenda, as well as leading the Natural Resource Governance MENA Knowledge Hub, an annual course targeting regional civil society actors, media, and policy-makers. She has previously led NRGI's Tunisia civil society capacity building and grant-making efforts and contributed to the design and implementation of NRGI's media training programs.

Hanen was also a projects manager with BBC Media Action North Africa, where he was responsible for Libya operations. She also worked with Tunisia's first English newspaper, Tunisia Live, where she was a reporter for the website and a fixer for international media. She wrote about human and women's rights in Tunisia for international media outlets such as Al Jazeera English and Vice.

Expertise Summary

Middle East and North Africa Studies

Critical security

Development

Security Sector Reform

Democratization

Radicalization/Counter-de-radicalization

Research Summary

Hanen's PhD research examines the extent to which the democratic governance objectives of security sector reform be reconciled with a global counter terrorism agenda in a democratic transition from… read more

Recent Publications

Conference Papers:

  • International Communication Association Conference, May 2014 (Seattle, Washington, USA) "The Dialogue of Revolution: Communication Accommodation Strategies of Tunisian Protesters on Facebook and Ben Ali during the Jasmine Revolution"

Blog posts:

  • Offshore Gas Discoveries Mean Change for Egypt's Economy and Citizens (February 2019: link)
  • Youth engagement and skills acquisition within Africa's transport sector: promoting a gender agenda towards transitions into meaningful work (February 2019: link)
  • Documentary Captures Local Demands for Development Opportunities in Oil and Gas-Rich Tataouine (September 2018: link)
  • Civil Society Helps Tunisia Toward a Multi-stakeholder Approach in Extractives Governance (June 2018: link)
  • As contracts are published in Lebanon, civil society coalition aims to further transparency (May 2018: link)
  • Uncovering the impacts of phosphate mining on Tunisian women (January 2018: English, Arabic)
  • Amidst government Response to terror, Tunisia's extractives CSOs struggle to maintain gains in voice and transparency (August 2015: link)
  • Tunisia's second act: Noting progress, accountability actors demand contract transparency (April 2015: English, Arabic)
  • Willing and able, Tunisian civil society actors pursue skills critical for demanding transparency (March 2015: English, Arabic)
  • Tunisia's next revolution: Inspired by new resource governance laws, a burgeoning civil society springs to action (July 2014: English, Arabic)
  • Tunisian journalists learn to extract the facts (April 2014: English, Arabic)

Journalistic articles:

  • Poll misrepresents women's rights in Tunisia (Al Jazeera English, November 2013: link)
  • Tunisian police accused of torture (Al Jazeera English, November 2013: link)

Current Research

Hanen's PhD research examines the extent to which the democratic governance objectives of security sector reform be reconciled with a global counter terrorism agenda in a democratic transition from authoritarian rule.

Past Research

Previously, Hanen was lead Tunisia Researcher for an ESRC Global Challenges Research Funded- Education and skills research project titled "youth engagement and skills acquisition within Africa's transport sector: promoting a gender agenda towards transition into meaningful work."

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