LSE IDEAS KUWAIT PROGRAMME AND LSE MIDDLE EAST CENTRE PUBLIC LECTURE
Thursday 1 May 2014, 18:30 - 20:00, Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE
Speaker: Professor F. Gregory Gause, III. Chair: Dr Steffen Hertog
The contest for influence in the post-Arab Spring Middle East is being played out in the domestic politics of states where governance is weak, collapsing or collapsed. Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, Israel and other states seek to gain influence and check each other by finding allies in the domestic political struggles of Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Yemen and elsewhere. Meanwhile, ideological struggles in both Sunni and Shia Islam and between more Islamist and more secular forces complicate the already difficult task of reconstructing state authority, inviting foreign intervention and influence across the region.
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F. Gregory Gause, III is professor of political science at the University of Vermont and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Doha Center. His research interests focus on the international politics of the Middle East, with a particular interest in the Arabian Peninsula and the Persian Gulf.
Dr Steffen Hertog is a Senior Lecturer in the Government Department at the LSE. He has been researching the comparative political economy of the Gulf and Middle East for more than a decade, working with a number of local and international institutions.
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