What does the literature say about patterns of conflict, exclusion and livelihoods in the Sinai region of Egypt? With particular reference to Bedouin livelihood strategies, government policies and other tensions emerging with other groups operating or migrating through the area.
This report summarises the literature’s findings on patterns of conflict, exclusion and livelihoods in the Sinai region. The most rigorous academic research on these issues focuses on changes in Bedouin livelihood strategies, with a particular focus on South Sinai. This literature draws some links between Bedouin livelihoods and patterns of exclusion and conflict in the Sinai region. A large body of more recent literature, drawn mainly from news and policy reports, focuses on growing violence and extremism in the region, and the response of both the Egyptian state and Israel. A small number of recent reports examine tensions caused by migration, particularly at the border with Israel, but largely from a security or human rights perspective.
Walton, O. Conflict, Exclusion and Livelihoods in the Sinai region of Egypt (GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report). Governance and Social Development Resource Centre, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK (2012) 10 pp.