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Past Events 2016

Below are the past events for 2016. Most of our events are recorded and available on podcast.


A 'Revolutionary Education'? Algeria, West Africa, and the Postcolonial Politics of Islam
Wednesday 7 December

Speaker: Andrew Lebovich, Columbia University


Social Harmony: An Iraqi Perspective
Wednesday 30 November

Speaker: Lukman Faily, Senior Advisor to Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi

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Algerian Nationalism and Berber Identity
Wednesday 23 November

Speaker: Marisa Fois, University of Geneva


The Religionisation of Israeli Society
Wednesday 16 November

Speakers: Yoav Peled, Tel Aviv University; Horit Herman-Peled, Oranim Academic College

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Revisiting Rouhani's Election: The Politics of Managing Change in Iran
Thursday 10 November

Speaker: Ali Ansari, University of St Andrews

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Yemen: A Battle for the Future
Wednesday 9 November

Speakers: Ginny Hill, LSE; Baraa Shiban, Reprieve
Discussant: Helen Lackner, SOAS

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Popular Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East
Wednesday 26 October

Speaker: John Chalcraft, LSE

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Let's Rock/Rap it! Music as Collective Action: The Case of the Arab Spring
Tuesday 11 October

Speaker: Amina Boubia, Sciences Po Centre for International Studies
Discussant: Cristina Moreno Almeida, LSE

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The Role of the Gulf in a Changing World
Thursday 20 October

Speaker:  Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, Former Prime Minister of Qatar


The Fight Against ISIS: Kurds on the Front Line
Thursday 6 October

Speaker: Lahur Talabany, Zanyari Agency

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Jointly organised by the LSE MEC and LSE Cities
Violence and the City in the Modern Middle East
Wednesday 5 October

Speakers: Nelida Fuccaro, SOAS; Ulrike Freitag, Zentrum Moderner Orient; Rasmus Christian Elling, University of Copenhagen

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Moroccan National Media: Between Change and Status Quo
Thursday 23 June

Speaker: Fatima El-Issawi, LSE
Discussant: Tarek Sabry, University of Westminster


Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: A Turning Point?
Wednesday 15 June

Speaker: Mireille Girard, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

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Wars of the Wombs: Struggles over Abortion Policies in Israel
Tuesday 7 June

Speaker: Rebecca Steinfeld, Goldsmiths University

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Social Movements and Popular Mobilisation in the MENA seminar
Reassembling the Spatial: Place-and-world making as social movement practice in Jordan and Palestine
Tuesday 26 April

Speaker: Christopher Parker, Ghent University


The AKP and Turkish Foreign Policy in the Middle East
Monday 18 April

Speakers: Cengiz Çandar, Radikal; Zeynep Kaya, LSE 

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The Politics of International Intervention: The Tyranny of Peace
Wednesday 23 March

Speakers: Mandy Turner, Kenyon Institute; Florian P. Kühn, Otto von Guericke University; Michael Pugh, University of Bradford; Caroline Hughes, University of Bradford; Christopher Phillips, Queen Mary University of London; Toby Dodge, LSE

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The Four Eras of Qatari Foreign Policy
Tuesday 22 March

Speaker: David Roberts, King's College London

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Engineers of Jihad: The Curious Connection Between Violent Extremism and Education
Wednesday 16 March

Speakers: Steffen Hertog, LSE; Diego Gambetta, European University Institute


Social Movements and Popular Mobilisation in the MENA Seminar
Why Some Contentious Movements Fail: The Case of the Syrian Opposition
Tuesday 15 March

Speaker: Jasmine Gani, University of St Andrews


The Notion of Salafiyya: Between Saudi Arabia and Turkey
Tuesday 1 March

Speaker: Andrew Hammond, University of Oxford

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The Syrian Refugee Crisis and the Challenge to the Arab State
Wednesday 24 February

Speaker: Filippo Dionigi, LSE

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EU Foreign Policy in the Middle East and North Africa: Lobbying, Networks and Framing
Tuesday 9 February

Speaker: Benedetta Voltolini, Maastricht University

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Democratisation in the Maghreb
Wednesday 3 February

 Jonathan Hill, King's College London

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Social Movements and Popular Mobilisation in the MENA Seminar
Beyond the "Tunisian Exception": (Un)changing Politics and Social Movements
Tuesday 2 February

Speaker: Choukri Hmed, Paris Dauphine University

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How the West Undermined Women's Rights in the Arab World
Wednesday 20 January

Speaker: Nicola Pratt, University of Warwick

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