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Middle East and Northern Africa

The Middle East and Northern Africa region has a special strategic importance for Europe, and not only for reasons of geographical proximity. Turkey, for example, is an EU accession candidate. Moreover, the European Union is the most important trading partner for all countries in the region, and the Arab states are the European Union‘s main energy suppliers.

Furthermore, the region remains the focal point for some of the major challenges of world politics: the Middle East conflict, emigration towards the European Union, the development of peaceful and constructive relationships between Islamic countries and Western democracies.

Most countries in the region do not enjoy democratic institutions and the rule of law. The degree of protection of individual and political freedoms is the lowest in the world (despite some differences between countries). And the same is true of economic freedoms and individual private property protection.

In many countries, civil society is relatively undeveloped and finds it difficult to make itself heard. Freedom of association and freedom of assembly are subject to many restrictions, as is the freedom of the press. The work of our Foundation tackles these issues, supporting various initiatives for greater freedom, tolerance and democracy in the countries of the region.

It was in 1962, with a training project for journalists in Tunisia, that the foreign activities of our Foundation began. Since then our work has expanded both in geographical and content scope.

Today we are present in Egypt, Algeria, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Turkey and Tunisia. The regional office is based in Cairo.

Publications International Work

Please have a look at our publications published by the Liberal Institute in English language: Concepts of Liberty, Occasional Papers, Ideas on Liberty, Liberal Thinkers, Liberal Report. You can download Policy Papers concerning the regions we work in: Central, South East and East Europe (engl.) and in German language for Africa, Mediterranean countries, Latin America, South Asia, Southeast and East Asia, European Institutions and North America.


Overview: All publications in English language

Contacts Mediterranean Region

Head office Mediterranean Region in Cairo:

P.O. Box 251 - Maadi 11728 Cairo, Egypt
Tel.: +202 (252) 852 86/-87

        +202 (252) 568 05
Fax: +202 (252) 567 96
E-mail: egypt@fnst.org

Head: Dr. Ronald Meinardus



Office Egypt:

P.O. Box 251 - Maadi 11728 Cairo, Egypt
Tel.: +202 (252) 852 86/-87

        +202 (252) 568 05
Fax: +202 (252) 567 96

E-mail: egypt@fnst.org

Website: www.fnst-egypt.org (arab. and engl.)

Resident Representativ: Hani Abdel Malak



Office Jerusalem:

Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit
17, Shu'fat Rd., Jerusalem, Israel

Friedrich Naumann Foundation
P. O. Box 18133
Jerusalem 91180
Tel.: +972 (2) 532 608-0/-1/-2/-3
Fax: +972 (2) 532 608-4
E-mail: naumann.israel@fnst.org
Website: www.fnst-jerusalem.org

Resident Representativ: Walter Klitz
Head Israel Desk: Anne Cohen-Köhler
Head Palästina Desk: Suleiman Abu-Dayyeh


Office Jordan / Lebanon / Syria / Iraq


P.O.Box 921811, Amman 11192, Jordan
Tel.: +962 (6) 585 8-034/-635/-730

        +962 (6) 585 909-7

Fax: +962 6 5858142
E-mail: naumann.jorleb@fnst.org
Website: www.fnst-amman.org/en

Resident Representativ: Ulrich Wacker



Office Morocco:

Fondation Friedrich Naumann pour la Liberté

24, Avenue de France

Apt. 5, 2ème étage

10000 Rabat-Agdal


Tel:  +212/ 5 37 77 75 09

Fax: +212/ 5 37 77 75 36


E-Mail: maroc@fnst.org


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Resident Representativ: Sebastian Hempel



Office Turkey:

Friedrich Naumann Vakfi
Cumhuriyet Caddesi No 6 D 13
Elmadag Istanbul 34230
Tel: +90 (212) 219 725-3
Fax: +90 (212) 219 706-3
E-mail: turkey@fnst.org
Website: www.fnst-turkey.org

Resident Representativ: Dr. Hans-Georg Fleck

Office Tunisia:

Fondation Friedrich Naumann,
c/o IACE
Maison de l'Entreprise
Avenue Principale
Les Berges du Lac
TN - 1053 Tunis
Tel: +216 (71) 961 674
Fax: +216 (71) 962 516
E-mail:  tunisie@fnst.org
Website: www.fnst-maghreb.org

Resident Representativ: Alexander Knipperts