Home > Middle East Centre

Middle East Centre

How to contact us

Middle East Centre
Tower 1, 10th Floor
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE 

General Enquiries and Events
Sandra Sfeir
+44 (0)20 7955 6198

Projects and Scholarships Enquiries 
Chelsea Milsom
+44 (0)20 7955 7038

Media and Communications Enquiries
Ribale Sleiman Haidar

+44(0)20 7955 6250




LSE Kuwait Programme Short-Term Visiting Research Fellowship 2016

The Kuwait Programme wishes to announce the availability of a Short-Term Visiting Research Fellowship. Based in the LSE Middle East Centre, the Fellowship will enable the successful candidate to pursue research relevant to the Kuwait Programme for a period of up to three months. Applications are invited from GCC nationals who have a PhD or equivalent and wish to develop their research capacity and output. The application deadline is 15 September 2015.


Dr Karen Young in the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security's ‘Reflections’
The Limits of Gulf Arab Aid: Energy Markets and Foreign Policy

This article tracks the expansion of Arab Gulf State aid in the wider region after 2011, with attempts to correlate the movement of oil prices with financial aid and moreinterventionist foreign policy historically since the 1970s. 


Dr Pejman Abdolmohammadi for the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies
Iran as a Peculiar Hybrid Regime

This article, based on the assumption that the Iranian political system is a peculiar form of a hybrid regime, looks at the structure and dynamics of the Islamic Republic. 


And What if one Spoke of the Land? Labour, food and contested space in modern South Lebanon

On Tuesday 29 September, Martha Mundy and Rami Zurayk and their colleagues Saker El-Nour and Cynthia Gharios present the findings of a four year LSE-AUB collaboration project on agrarian change in Lebanon.


Between Hegemony and Resistance: towards a moral economy of the Tunisian Revolution

On Tuesday 20 October, Sami Zemni presents his paper on the Tunisian uprising, using a ‘moral economy’ approach in order to understand the massive mobilizations that led to Ben Ali’s disappearance, and to make sense of the nature of political change in the post-Ben Ali era.


Why is Syria so Statist? Revisiting ideas and economic change in historical institutionalism

On Thursday 29 October, Daniel Neep explains why Syria transitioned from a laissez-faire to a statist economy, emphasising the important role of ideas in producing drastic economic shifts.

We are currently working on our programme for the forthcoming term. Please sign-up to our mailing list to receive our news and updates. 

Being Salafi Under Sisi: the strategy of the Egyptian al-Nour party

Stéphane Lacroix discusses Salafism in Egypt, looking specifically at the Salafi al-Nour party, its political strategy, the role it plays in the emerging power structure in Egypt and what this tells us about its political identity.

Listen to the podcast


How Self-Limiting Mobilisations Work: the case of Morocco

Frédéric Vairel presents his paper, which describes how self-limitation works in contemporary Moroccan mobilisation, with particular reference to the 20th February Movement.

Listen to the podcast


Of Regime and Movements: authoritarian reform and the 2011 popular uprisings in Morocco

Frédéric Vairel discusses the 2011 Moroccan protests and why the Arab Spring played out so differently in Morocco by considering the 20th February Movement and the regime's response to it.

Listen to the podcast


An Impending Nuclear Deal With Iran?

Mark Fitzpatrick assesses the political and strategic ramifications of a resolution to the Iranian nuclear crisis as well as the technical and diplomatic issues involved.

Listen to the podcast


An Iranian nuclear deal would be a strategic, not historical, compromise
by Pejman Abdolmohammadi After weeks of nuclear negotiations, not reaching an agreement would be particularly painful for both the Iranian government, led by the Rouhani-Zarif axis on one side, and the Obama administration on the other. Whether a deal is signed by the 10th of July or later, it will most likely only be a formal arrangement. I say ‘formal’ […]

New online portal on Gulf History involving LSE alumnus Francis Owtram
This article originally appeared on the LSE Department of International Relations blog. IR Department PhD alumnus, Francis Owtram, is currently assisting with the development of an online portal of archival material which will be of key interest to students of the history and international relations of the Arabian/Persian Gulf. The Qatar Digital Library was launched in October 2014 and is […]

Book Review of Mark Thompson’s Saudi Arabia and the Path to Political Change
by Madawi al-Rasheed Under domestic and international pressure, authoritarian monarchies in which citizens are completely disenfranchised, are often compelled to occasionally engage multiple domestic constituencies in dialogue. This is usually a response to specific terrorism threats, demands for reform, or internal sporadic mobilisation. Post 9/11 Saudi Arabia was on the brink of implosion from within. The country witnessed the worst […]

Cautious hope for Turkey: Between a coalition government and early elections
by Zeynep Kaya The elections on Sunday June 7 were the most important general elections in recent Turkish political history. With a huge turnout, more women in parliament, better Kurdish political representation and a clear ‘no’ to a presidential system, the future of Turkish democracy looks promising. However, a hung parliament and potential early elections might jeopardise this. Regrettably, the […]

Book Review: Saudi Arabia in Transition
by Andrew Delatolla The book Saudi Arabia in Transition: Insights on Social, Political, Economic and Religious Change edited by Bernard Haykel, Thomas Heggghammer, and Stéphane Lacroix examines a number of topical and emerging issues throughout its four parts: politics, oil, Islam and Islamism, and social change. While many of the topics have been explored by existing research, the book compiles […]

The State of Democracy in Turkey: Institutions, Society and Foreign Relations 
by Dr Didem Buhari-Gulmez and Dr Seckin Baris Gulmez In March 2015, the LSE Middle East Centre and LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies co-organised a full-day workshop on the timely topic of democratisation in Turkey focusing on current debates on domestic politics involving the Kurdish and Alevi rights, and Turkish foreign policy especially its EU membership process and its policy towards […]

join the mailing list