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Professor Toby Dodge| 

Head of Programme


Middle East International Affairs


The Middle East International Affairs Programme (MEIAP) at IDEAS is dedicated to enhancing our understanding of the region stretching from the Maghreb, through the Levant and the Gulf to South West Asia. It aims to bring to bear the insights of academic research in illuminating the origins and development of contemporary issues in the region. » More about MEIAP|


Iraq: Ten Years On - Prof Dodge gave a talk at the House of Parliament|

LSE IDEAS Deputy Director Prof Toby Dodge examined Iraq ten years on after the invasion, as the country struggles to find peace and its democracy seems to be faltering. Wednesday 27th February 2013 at 7.00pm - 8.30pm, Committee Room 11, House of Commons. 

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Book Launch: IRAQ - From War to a New Authoritarianism| 

On Monday 21st January LSE IDEAS Deputy Director Prof Toby Dodge launched his latest book at the LSE Wolfson Theatre. In this book Toby Dodge looks at the legacy of the 2003 Iraq invasion, the decent into civil war and the evolution of the insurgency. A podcast in now available here.|


Islamists in Power - Governing the Arab World|

Wednesday 21 November 2012, 6.30pm, Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Professor Gilles Kepel; Chair: Professor Craig Calhoun


Special Report: After the Arab Spring - Power Shift in the Middle East|

In one of the most comprehensive reports produced by LSE IDEAS, experts examine the short-term implications of the uprisings in the region on both the domestic level of countries in the region, as well as on regional geopolitics. Featuring contributions from Toby Dodge, George Lawson and Christopher Phillips.




  • Kerry says Iran can help defeat IS
    US Secretary of State John Kerry says Iran has a role to play in the fight against Islamic State despite not being part of the US-led coalition.
  • Turkey opens border to Syrian Kurds
    Turkey allows thousands of Syrian Kurds fleeing Islamic State to cross its southern border, as the militants close in on a strategic Syrian town.
  • Iran Happy dancers given 91 lashes
    Six Iranians arrested for filming a video tribute to Pharrell Williams' song Happy are sentenced to 91 lashes and jail terms, their lawyer says.