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London School of Economics and Political Science
Tower 1, 10th Floor, Room 10.01
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE 

Sandra Sfeir
+44 (0)20 7955 6198


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The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication|

On Tuesday 2nd December, Dr Lina Khatib, Dr Dina Matar, and Dr Atef Alshaer present their most recent book, 'The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication'. The book addresses how Hizbullah uses image, language and its charismatic leader, Hassan Nasrallah, to legitimise its political aims and ideology and appeal to different target groups.

LSE Asia Research Centre and Middle East Centre Event

Kabul: the growth story you don't know|

On Monday 1 December, Louise Walker discusses the impressive advances made by Afghanistan - from health and education to women's empowerment and economic growth, using USAID's on-going commitment to partner with Afghanistan as a  test case for sustainable future development.


Battlefields of the Republic: the Struggle for Public Space in Tunisia|

On Wednesday 3rd December, Charles Tripp argues that the city, as a distinctive set of places, is also the site and progenitor of particular forms of contention and that these come together in the social construction of, and competition for public space.

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Ben Bella's Algeria: Third Worldism beyond continents and colours|

On Tuesday 9 December, Dr Jeffrey Byrne investigates the fate of decolonisation in North Africa, with a particular focus on the fate of anti-colonial internationalism (or “Third Worldism”) following the triumph of post-colonial territorial nationalism.


Internal Call for Proposals
Academic Collaboration with Arab Universities Programme|

Launching the fourth round of funding, he Middle East Centre invites applications from LSE colleagues for academic collaborative projects in social, political, and economic sciences between academics at LSE and Arab universities. These projects may involve collaborative research or capacity building. For more information, please visit the collaboration projects webpage.| 


Research Project Support Assistant|

The MEC is seeking a Research Assistant to provide support to a  collaborative research project with the American University of Dubai| examining the relationship between Arab traditional mass media and the political sphere within the remit of political change in the Arab world.The project is led by  Dr Fatima El-Issawi,| MEC Research Fellow.

Call for Proposals for Funding

Mapping Foreign Policy in the GCC|

The MEC invites applications for funding for research activities on GCC foreign policy. Three grants at 5,000 GBP each are available, part of the research project entitled ‘Mapping Foreign Policy in the GCC: Resources, Recipients and Regional Effects’.| 


Dr Steffen Hertog for ft.com
Prescription to Reform the World of Arab Business|

Most think the Arab corporate sector needs to increase its contribution to national development. What is holding it back? There are two critical and closely related factors, explains Dr Steffen Hertog in his latest article for the Financial Times: its weak position vis-à-vis the state and its limited role in the labour market. 


Iraq: Causes and Consequences of the Present Crisis|

The seizure of Mosul by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant and their rapid move south towards Baghdad has thrown Iraq into another post-regime change crisis. This panel examines the identity and background of the fighters in northern Iraq, as well as the root causes behind the violence. Prof Toby Dodge, Amb Feisal Istrabadi and Dr Faleh Jabar also explore why the Iraqi armed forces collapsed so quickly,  explaining how the political and constitutional system, which was set up in the aftermath of regime change, has contributed to the current situation.

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Decoding Transition: the case of Egypt|

In this lecture, Professor Bahgat Korani explores how, although Tunisia was the direct trigger of the 'Arab Spring', Egypt is its landscape. What happens for the transition in this most populous country of the Arab world will, more than in Yemen or neighbouring Libya, shape this 'Spring's' outcome.

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LSE Middle East Centre and Kuwait Programme Public Event 

Oman's Foreign Policy Under Sultan Qaboos: Independent, but to what Extent?|

Dr Marc Valeri explores how, although Oman’s foreign policy under Qaboos is usually considered to be pragmatic and independent – as illustrated by the sultanate’s role in facilitating the conclusion of the Iran-P5+1 nuclear deal in 2013 and its announcement that it would not join a hypothetical Gulf union, such a widely accepted view should not obscure the fact that the price to pay for the perpetuation of this foreign policy has been an unquestioned political and economic dependence towards London and Washington.

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Social Movements and Popular Mobilisation in the MENA Research Theme

Will the Real Palestinian Peasantry Please Sit Down? Towards a New History of British Rule in Palestine, 1917-1936|

In this seminar, Dr Charles Anderson discusses his paper which is part of a broader argument for a history from below of Arab society under the Palestine Mandate.  By reexamining the political economy of the countryside under the first 18 years of British rule and the responses of peasants and ex-peasants to the escalating pressures they faced, it contends that greater attention to the history of the rural majority has much to teach us. 

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LSE Middle East Centre and Kuwait Programme Public Event

The Macroeconomics of the Gulf|

Raphael Espinoza of the IMF analyses the challenges created by the changes the economies of the Gulf states have gone through in the last decade, spurred by high oil prices and ambitious diversification plans.

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