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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

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Ribale Sleiman Haidar
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Job Vacancy
Research Officer, Kuwait Programme|

The Centre seeks a Research Officer to contribute to the Kuwait Programme|’s research into fundamental questions in the social sciences of relevance to the Gulf region. To apply for this post please visit the Jobs at LSE page.| Applications must take the form of a full Curriculum Vitae (CV) or resume, a covering letter and a research proposal of no more than 1,500 words.

Applications must be received by 9 April 2015.

 
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International Statebuilding and Gender in the Middle East Conference|

On Monday 30 March, the MEC is organising a full-day conference looking at the impact of the relationship between international, national and local actors on the level of incorporation of gender in the processes of statebuilding in the Middle East. Professor Brendan O'Leary will open the conference with a keynote speech followed by six panel discussions. Professor Nadje Al-Ali will also give a keynote speech.

Register now|

 
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BRISMES Annual Conference 2015: Liberation?|

Early bird registration for the BRISMES Annual Conference 2015 is now open. This year, the conference takes 'liberation' for a theme. Liberation has been a recurrent theme in the Middle East for millennia. People have sought it in a multitude of ways – through politics, mysticism, philosophy, and personal piety.

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Steffen Hertog comments on the role of Saudi Aramco for the Economist|

Aramco is not the only national oil company to get dragged into doing the state’s economic-development work, but no other has quite such a smorgasbord of tasks. 'There is a genuine nationalism in Aramco', says Steffen Hertog. 

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Romola Sanyal for the Institute for Palestine Studies
How Refuge Creates Informality: Shelter Politics in Refugee Camps in Beirut|

This paper looks at how humanitarian policies of protection encourage the development of informality in refugee camps, particularly informal housing.

Read the full paper|

 
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International Statebuilding and Gender in the Middle East Conference|

On Monday 30 March, a panel of experts looks at the impact of the relationship between international, national and local actors on the level of incorporation of gender in the processes of statebuilding in the Middle East.

This event is free and open to all however registration is necessary|.

 
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An Impending Nuclear Deal With Iran?|

On Tuesday 5 May, Mark Fitzpatrick discusses the Iranian nuclear crisis and assess the political and strategic ramifications of a resolution to the crisis as well as the technical and diplomatic issues involved.

 
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The Algeria-UK Relationship: the building of a partnership|

On Monday 27 April, HE Amar Abba reflects on the current state of British-Algerian relations and outlines his vision for a strong and enduring partnership between the countries. His talk examines the most important aspects of this relationship: political dialogue, security cooperation, trade and business links, education and training programmes.

 
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LSE Middle East Alumni Forum 2015|

Building on last year's successful event, the LSE Middle East Centre and The Abraaj Group are organising the second LSE Middle East Alumni Forum.  The event, on Monday 11 May, will present a unique opportunity to bring together top academics with graduates of the School.

This event is free and open to all however registration is necessary|.

 
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BRISMES Annual Conference 2015: Liberation?|

Liberation has been a recurrent theme in the Middle East for millennia. People have sought it in a multitude of ways – through politics, mysticism, philosophy, and personal piety. Together with ‘bread and dignity’, it was one of the central principles of the Arab Spring. The BRISMES Annual Conference 2015 on 24-26 June will explore the multitude of meanings that the concept has for the region today.

This is a registration only event. Register now|.

 

 

 

 
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Democracy in Turkey: institutions, society and foreign relations|

Dr Deniz Kandiyoti, Dr Berna Turam and Dr Ali Carkoglu reflect on the state of democracy in Turkey from both the angle of the state and its laws and that of society.

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Empire, Revolt, and State Formation in the Middle East and North Africa in the 1920s|

Jonathan Wyrtzen discusses his paper entitled Reimagining Political Space: Empire, Revolt, and Competitive State Formation in the Middle East and North Africa in the 1920s.

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Algeria: a state and its discontents|

Professor Lahouari Addi discusses the current situation in Algeria, from the sickness and subsequent disappearance of Bouteflika from the public eye, to the protests in the south resisting the exploitation of the country's vast shale gas reserves and, importantly, the future of Algeria's economic situation in the face of declining oil prices.

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The Non-Contentious Politics of Labour Protests in Egypt|

Marie Duboc looks at labour protests in Egypt before and after the fall of Hosni Mubarak. She argues that repression and radicalisation do not fully capture the dynamics of social movements in authoritarian contexts. Instead, she suggests expanding the contentious politics approach, the dominant theoretical framework used to study collective action.

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Middle East Border Geopolitics: established and emerging themes|

In trying to make sense of the spontaneous appearance of new borderland spatialities in Syria and Iraq, as well as recent instances of formal state boundary-making such as the Abyei arbitration, Richard Schofield asks what constitutes a borderland in the Middle East.

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Book Review: The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication
by Morgane Colleau The authors of this book address how Hizbullah uses image, language, and its charismatic leader, Hassan Nasrallah, to legitimise its political aims and ideology and appeal to different target groups. In this review, originally posted  on the LSE Review of Books blog, Morgane Colleau argues this is a highly valuable contribution that sheds much needed light on a key causal dimension in […]

The Politics of Foreign Aid in the Arab World: The Impact of the Arab Uprisings
by Michelle Pace On 13 February 2015, the MEC hosted the launch of a special Issue of the journal Mediterranean Politics on The Politics of Foreign Aid in the Arab World: The Impact of the Arab Uprisings. Bringing together academics, NGO representatives, journalists, policy makers and students, the event focused on the changing state of aid in the Arab world […]

No Land’s Song
by Frances Underhill  Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, contemporary conservative Iran has taken a hardline against female musicians, and in particular the solo female voice. Female singers are only permitted to sing publically when accompanying a male soloist as background vocalists, or when singing in a group of all-female singers, for an all-female audience. Some religious texts suggest that the […]

The Securitisation of Stability and the Demise of the Arab Uprisings
by Ilyas Saliba The uprisings that swept across the Arab World in 2011 were remarkable in many ways. They constituted a serious challenge to the authority of the most coherent bloc of authoritarian regimes. During spring that year, the streets across Arab capitals were filled with people expressing their grievances and demanding change. The protests broke with the orientalist and […]

Rationalising the post-‘Arab Spring’ Salafi-Jihadist Boom: Looking beyond Syria
By Mark Bracher The 2011 Arab uprisings were greeted with optimism by much of the international community. After ten years of counter-productive ‘War on Terror’, it seemed as if al-Qaeda and its ilk had been defeated in a matter of weeks by the very people it claimed to champion, discrediting its assertion that meaningful change could only be realised through […]

GCC Collision Course
by Karen E. Young There is an allegory now circulating among Gulf analysts: Two trains left the station at the same time, one from Abu Dhabi and one from Doha. In Libya they collide, and no one is there to assess or reconstruct the damage.* Early warning systems of state failure and collapse were novel approaches to bring political science […]

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