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Sandra Sfeir
+44 (0)20 7955 6198

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Rojava at 4: Examining the Experiment in Western Kurdistan

In July 2012, Kurds in northern Syria began taking control of territory. This led to the creation of the largely self-governing areas known collectively as Rojava (Western Kurdistan). Four years on from this unprecedented development, the LSE Middle East Centre convened a workshop on 19 July 2016 to examine the progress and nature of the Rojava project. This report provides a distillation of the presentations and discussions.


Research Assistant Vacancy

The Middle East Centre and Department of Media & Communications seek a Research Assistant in the fields of Media, Communication and Development, or Cultural Studies, with an interest in the Middle East.

For full details and to apply please click here. The closing date for applications is Friday 2nd September.  


New MEC report on Women, Peace and Security in Iraq

In a new report published by the Middle East Centre, Zeynep Kaya offers an overview of the issues women face due to conflict in Iraq. The report provides an assessment of the Iraqi National Action Plan (INAP) for the implementation of UN Security Resolution 1325, highlighting some of its shortcomings, and then offering recommendations for the effective implementation of 1325.

The Long-term Challenges of Forced Migration: Local and Regional Perspectives from Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq

In June 2016, the LSE Middle East Centre brought together scholars, policy-makers and civil society representatives to critically reflect on some of the key challenges posed by the Syrian refugee emergency in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and the wider Middle East. 


Crimes Against Peace: The Chilcot Inquiry, Tony Blair and Iraq

In a special event organised by the MEC at the National University of Singapore, Toby Dodge, Fanar Haddad and Victor Kattan discuss the highly critical Chilcot report and the UK’s involvement in Iraq in terms of its legal, political and societal ramifications.


LSE Kuwait Programme Short-Term Visiting Research Fellowship 2017

Applications are now open for the new round of Short-Term Visiting Research Fellowships at the LSE Kuwait Programme. Applications are invited from GCC nationals with a PhD or equivalent who wish to develop their research capacity and output. The application deadline is 5 September 2016.


Women, Peace and Security in Iraq
Zeynep N. Kaya, August 2016

This report offers an overview of the issues women face due to conflict in Iraq and provides an assessment of the Iraqi National Action Plan for the implementation of UN Security Resolution 1325. It highlights some of the shortcomings of the INAP, and then offers recommendations for the effective implementation of 1325.


Moroccan National Media: Between Change and Status Quo
Fatima El-Issawi, April 2016

This report examines the relationship between Moroccan tra­ditional  media and the political sphere after the Arab uprisings. It aims to extend and complement policy work on the impact of political change on the traditional national media, and on the role played by the national media in consolidating or weakening the democratisation processes.


The AKP and Turkish Foreign Policy in the Middle East
April 2016

On 15 December 2015, the LSE Middle East Centre organised a workshop bringing together key experts on Turkish domestic and foreign policy.


The Syrian Refugee Crisis in Lebanon: State Fragility and Social Resilience 
Filippo Dionigi, February 2016

This report provides an account of the unfolding of the Syrian refugee crisis from the perspective of Lebanese political institutions.


Political Economy and Social Movement Theory Perspectives on the Tunisian and Egyptian Popular Uprisings in 2011
Joel Beinin, January 2016

This paper compares the role of workers before, during and after the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.


In the midst of political bargaining, migrants are the biggest losers by Ammar Bajboj

Today, Syrian refugees find themselves the victims of political bargaining by many host countries which use them for political or economic gain. The latest example of this was the statement made by Burhan Kuzu, a high-ranking deputy of the ruling AKP in Turkey, when he said... read the full article


Is the UAE’s fear of the Muslim Brotherhood driving its Yemen strategy? by Courtney Freer

 Last Thursday, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Shaykh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan shocked many with his announcement over Twitter that the ‘war is over’ for Emirati troops in Yemen, apparently quoting Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash... read the full article

Functional Literacy as an Alternative to Bureaucratic Regulation of the Media in Kuwait by Mariam Alkazemi
In the Kuwaiti register Alkuwayt Alyom, Ministerial Decree 80 of 2016 was published on 29 May, prohibiting printed or broadcast advertisements that promote the sale of food and nutritional materials... read the full article

The Triage Configuration of the Syrian Identity by Leena Zahra

What can you do when you don’t visibly see the symptoms? Or when you cannot hear the painful calling for care? I recently visited three refugee camps in Greece to carry out translations for the NGO Syrian American Medical Society... read the full article


Bad guests? On the role of house visits in aid delivery in urban Jordan by Ann-Christin Wagner

When I meet Abu Eisa, a well-established cook, he is busy preparing meals for poor Syrians for the first iftar of Ramadan. His hometown, Mafraq, a Jordanian border town close to Zaatari camp, is among the cities most affected by the influx of Syrian refugees... read the full article


Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: A Turning Point?

Lebanon hosts the highest number of Syrian refugees relative to its local population. This poses many challenges to a state known for its fragility and instability. UNHCR Representative to Lebanon Mireille Girard discusses the impact of the Syrian crisis on Lebanon and the responses of international and local institutions.

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Wars of the Wombs: Struggles over Abortion Policies in Israel

Rebecca Steinfeld presents her paper looking at the historical and contemporary struggles that have led to the gap between the restrictions on, and availability of, abortion in Israel.

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Alternative Universalisms? Contemporary Turkish Discourses on Culture in International Relations

Katerina Dalacoura draws on the findings of her current research project in an attempt to move beyond debates in present-day Turkey on the role of culture and civilisation in world politics and the relationship between Islam and modernity, in order to shed light on the ideas of individual thinkers and intellectual trends.

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The Notion of Salafiyya: Between Saudi Arabia and Turkey

Despite its large presence in Arabic political and religious discourse today, Salafism is finding its way from Arabic and the Saudi sphere into Turkey and the Turkish language, which had been the last bastion against its ideological spread. Andrew Hammond explores how this happened and what the consequences are.


The Syrian Refugee Crisis and the Challenge to the Arab State


Filippo Dionigi discusses how states such as Lebanon and Jordan have coped with the challenges of mass displacement within their borders. He poses questions and advances hypotheses on the current and future implications of forced mass displacement in the Middle East for states in the region.

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