Forthcoming Events

Lectures, Seminars & Book Launches

LSE hosts a wide and varied range of Middle East events, including public lectures, seminars, book launches and conferences. Events are open to the public and are free of charge, unless specified otherwise. This list of events includes all Middle East Centre events and other selected Middle East events at LSE.

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The Assassination of Qasim Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis: National and Regional Consequences

Monday 27 January | 18:00 - 19:30 | Toby Dodge, LSE; Dina Esfandiary, Herminius; Patrick Porter, University of Birmingham

Register here

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Palestine and the Politics of Decolonisation

Thursday 30 January | 18:00 - 19:30 | Abdel Razzaq Takriti, University of Houston

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Iran at 40: Gendering the Trajectories and Transformation of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Wednesday 5 February | 18:00 - 19:30 | Nazanin Shahrokni, LSE Gender; Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi, Goldsmiths University of London

Register here

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Crony Capitalism in the Middle East: Business and Politics from Liberalization to the Arab Spring

Monday 10 February | 17:00 - 18:30 | Adeel Malik, University of Oxford; Ishac Diwan, Columbia University

Registration will open on Monday 27 January

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The Political Economy of the Kurdish Question in Turkey

Thursday 13 February | 16:30 - 18:00 | Veli Yadirgi, SOAS

Registration will open on Thursday 30 January

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Owners of the Republic: An Anatomy of Egypt’s Military Economy

Monday 24 February | 18:00 - 19:30 | Yezid Sayigh, Carnegie Middle East Center

Registration will open on Monday 10 February

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Decolonising Middle East Studies? (LSE Festival 2020)

Tuesday 3 March | 19:30 - 20:30 | Sara Camacho Felix, Sara Salem & Marral Shamshiri-Fard, LSE


Photo: Anoushka Khandwala

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Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Rivalry That Unravelled the Middle East

Thursday 5 March | 18:00 - 19:30 | Kim Ghattas, Journalist

Registration will open on Thursday 20 February

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Can Muslim Comic Book Superheroes Change the World? (LSE Festival 2020)

Saturday 7 March | 14:45 - 16:00 | Manmit Bhambra & Jennifer Jackson-Preece, LSE; Dima Issa, Balamand University

Further information on project

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Algeria and the Hirak: What Next for the Country?

Thursday 12 March | 18:00 - 19:30 | Amel Boubekeur, European Council on Foreign Relations; Adel Hamaizia, Chatham House

Registration will open on Thursday 27 February