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New Publication
From Passion to Activism? The Politics, Communications and Creativity of Participatory Networks in the MENA Region


This paper argues that while platforms such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are unquestionably allowing some young citizens in the MENA region quicker and easier access to job opportunities and likeminded groups and citizens inside and outside the region, class-based digital divides exist, scepticism of new media remains, online surveillance and harassment are rife, and social media fatigue is common.

 
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News

LSE MEC awarded £2.7 million for renewal of the Kuwait Programme


Following a successful 10-year agreement, LSE and the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) have agreed to extend their strategic partnership for a further five years.

 
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Internal Call for Proposals
Kuwait Programme Research Grants

The Kuwait Programme, Middle East Centre invites applications from LSE colleagues to conduct time-sensitive and globally competitive policy-relevant research on contemporary Kuwait.


 

 
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Opportunity
Kuwait Programme Short-Term Research Fellowships


We are please to announce the availability of Short-Term Research Fellowships. Applications are invited from researchers based at academic or research institutions in Kuwait who have a PhD or equivalent and wish to develop their research capacity and output

 
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Algerian National Media: Freedom at a Cost
Fatima el-Issawi, February 2017


Based on a series of around 30 in-depth qualitative interviews conducted with journalists and media stakeholders in Algeria, as well as analysis of media regulation and individual case studies, this report looks at the role played by national media – radio, television and print – in widening, or restricting, public debate under a competitive authoritarian system.

 
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Gender and Statehood in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq
Zeynep Kaya, February 2017


This paper argues that the Kurdistan Region’s policies of gender equality are linked to its dependence on multilateral organisations and Western states, as well as its government’s aspiration to gain international legitimacy for statehood.

 
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Iran's Eleventh Presidential Election Revisited: The Politics of Managing Change
Ali Ansari, November 2016


With Rouhani's first term coming to an end, and an agreement reached on Iran’s nuclear programme, Ali Ansari revisits the 2013 presidential election campaign and argues that the process retained much of the intricate management of previous elections.

 
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Theorising Revolution, Apprehending Civil War: Leftist Political Practice and Analysis in Lebanon (1969–79)
Fadi Bardawil, October 2016


This paper focuses on the writings of Waddah Charara as well as the Marxist tradition of thought at the beginning of the Lebanese civil and regional wars (1975–1990).

 
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The Long-Term Challenges of Forced Migration: Local and Regional Perspectives from Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq
September 2016


In a workshop held on 17–18 June 2016, the MEC brought together a diverse group of people to explore the effects of the Syrian refugee crisis on Arab host states such as Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq. This volume brings together a set of papers presented at the workshop.

 
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Book Review: Roger Hardy’s The Poisoned Well by Ian Black


Almost fifty years after Britain and France left the Middle East, the toxic legacies of their rule continue to fester. Roger Hardy’s lively new account of  imperialism in the region is bursting with memorable anecdotes, intriguing detail and splashes of colour that illuminate a canvas of power, greed and double standards... read the full article

 
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The CHP’s ineffective opposition to Erdoğan continues by Daniel W. Round


It is nearly two months since a section of the military tried to overthrow Turkey’s government. The coup attempt has brought about an unprecedented and ongoing restructuring of key state institutions... read the full article

 
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Rojava at 4: Examining the Experiment in Western Kurdistan
Four years on from the creation of Rojava, the LSE Middle East Centre convened a workshop bringing together specialists on Kurdish, Syrian and Turkish politics. Short pieces by workshop participants were published on our blog. read the articles
 
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Is VAT the best choice for the GCC countries? by Ghada Abdullah


The economies of the Gulf Corporation Council (GCC) countries are highly dependent on the energy sector, where the hydrocarbon sector constitutes around 40% of their GDP... read the full article

 
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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

 
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Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East


In this book launch, editors and contributors challenge the use of ‘sectarianism’ as a magic-bullet explanation for the region’s ills, focusing on how various conflicts in the Middle East have morphed from non-sectarian (or cross-sectarian) and nonviolent movements into sectarian wars.

 
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The Evolution of Ennahdha in Tunisia: In Conversation with Sheikh Rached Ghannouchi

On Thursday 20 April, the MEC hosted a talk by Ennahdha (Renaissance) Party founder Sheikh Rached Ghannouchi, in which he reflected on the achievements of the 2011 Tunisian uprising, the challenges facing the region, as well as the evolution of his Party.

 
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Quest for Authority: The Presidency and its Standing in the Islamic Republic


Siavush Randjbar-Daemi discusses the origins and development of the presidential institution in Iran from the 1979 Iranian Revolution to the present day and reflects on whether the Islamic Republic can be defined according to the Western principles of state systems. 

 
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The Politics of Selective Liberalisation: Cronyism and Trade Protection in Egypt


Ferdinand Eibl uses trade liberalisation in late-Mubarak Egypt as a case study to show that cronies have not only been passive beneficiaries of economic policies; rather, their preferential access to power has allowed them to actively shape trade liberalisation in their favour.

 
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Documenting Genocide: Survey Evidence on ISIS Violence Against Yazidis


The UN Human Rights Council has recently declared that ISIS violence against the Yazidi religious minority constitutes a case of "ongoing genocide". Valeria Cetorelli presents the first survey evidence on the number and demographic profile of Yazidis killed and enslaved by ISIS.

 
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