Middle East International Affairs will host a variety of seminars, lectures, workshops and conferences intended to fulfil its mission of explaining and contextualising contemporary issues in the region. This programme will begin during the session 2009-10.

Previous Events

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IRAQ: From War to a New Authoritarianism  |

Monday 21 January 2013, 6.30pm, Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Dr Toby Dodge, Chair: Professor Arne Westad 


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


After The Arab Spring: Power Shift in the Middle East?|

Tuesday 1 May 2012, 6.30pm, Old Theatre, Old Building
Speakers: Dr Amnon Aran, Roger Cohen,Professor Anoush Ehteshami; Chair: Dr Toby Dodge

The Ba'th Party

Saddam Hussein's Ba'th Party, Inside an Autoritarian Regime|

Wednesday 25 April, 6.30pm, COL 2.01, Columbia House
Speaker: Professor Joseph Sassoon; Chair: Dr Toby Dodge

Fighting World War 3

Fighting World War Three from the Middle East|

March 13, 2012, a lecture by Professor Michael Cohen

Gilles Kepel

Revolution and Counter-revolution in the Middle East|

November 16, 2011, lecture by Professor Gilles Keppel

October War memorial

Revisiting the 1973 Arab-Israeli War: Revelations from the U.S. Archives|

November 8, 2011, Launch of the FRUS volume on the October War

Katerina Dalacoura

Islamist Terrorism and Democracy in the Middle East|

October 11, 2011, book launch by Dr. Katerina Dalacoura, LSE


Iranian Foreign Policy: Continuity and Change|

13 June 2011, a lecture by Dr. Mahdi Ahouie, University of Tehran

Demonstration in Galae Square, Cairo

Democracy in the Arab World|

19 May, 2011, a whole day workshop hosted by LSE IDEAS and the LSE Middle East Centre


Strategic Update: The Middle East - Intractable Conflict?||

Featuring contributions from Nigel Ashton, Fawaz Gerges, Gilles Kepel and Amnon Aran, this IDEAS Strategic Update assesses the prospects for Middle East peacemaking considering the region and the actors involved in their international context.

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Reappraising the Iran-Iraq War Thirty Years Later|

The LSE International History Department, LSE IDEAS, and LSE Global Governance hosted a conference in London on 23-24 September 2010. Papers are still available to attendees here.