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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




Fatima El-Issawi's new book published by Palgrave

Fatima's El-Issawi book, Arab National Media and Political Change examines the evolution of national Arab media and its interplay with political change, particularly in emerging democracies after the Arab uprisings. Investigated from a journalistic perspective, this research addresses the role played by traditional national media in consolidating emerging democracies or in exacerbating their fragility.


Toby Dodge on BBC Newsnight

With the launch of the battle for Mosul, Toby Dodge analyses its potential consequences. While a lot of planning went into the military campaign, he worries little or no thought was given to the political aftermath of this inevitable victory. 

Popular Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East

On Wednesday 26 October, John Chalcraft launches his book which gives an account of popular protest that emphasises the revolutionary modern history of the region.


Oil and the Transformation of Urban Life in Kuwait

On Thursday 3 November, Farah Al-Nakib discusses new social forces and youth-based movements that are demanding a different kind of urban experience in Kuwait. Beyond simply reviving the declined urban centre, their efforts have the potential to restore Kuwaiti society’s lost urbanity.


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. 


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.


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.


Rojava at 4: Examining the Experiment in Western Kurdistan
August 2016

In July 2012, Kurds in northern Syria began taking control of territory. Four years on from this unprecedented development, the MEC convened a workshop to examine the progress and nature of the Rojava project. This report provides a distillation of the presentations and discussions.


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.


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


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

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

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


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


Violence and the City in the Modern Middle East

Nelida Fuccaro launches her edited book 'Violence and the City in the Modern Middle East', with two of the contributors to the volume, Rasmus Christian Elling and Ulrike Freitag, exploring violence in the public lives of modern Middle Eastern cities, approaching violence as an individual and collective experience, a historical event, and an urban process.

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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.

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