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Event
‘This is our Call of Duty’: Ideology, History and Resistant Videogames in the Middle East

On Wednesday 22 February, Dima Saber explores a selection of videogames produced by or in support of Hezbollah and the Islamic State, looking at their potential to challenge prevailing (re)presentations of the Middle East and the ‘War on Terror’.

 
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Event
Where are the Women in Today's Islamic World?

On Saturday 25 February, award-winning Turkish novelist Elif Shafak looks at the ways in which women across the world, and particularly Muslim women, are increasingly engaging in challenging conversations about identity, religion, faith, freedom and sexuality.

 
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Interview
Are women better off in Iraqi Kurdistan than the rest of Iraq?


Based on her latest paper for the MEC, Zeynep Kaya discusses why the Kurdistan Region of Iraq has made greater strides towards gender equality than the federal government of Iraq.

 
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Research
‘You want freedom? This is your freedom’: Rape as a Tactic of the Assad Regime


Marie Forestier presents her research findings based on more than 70 interviews investigating the use of rape as a tactic by the Assad regime in its attempt to crush the revolution and remain in power.

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


The Kurdistan Region of Iraq has made greater strides towards gender equality than the federal government of Iraq. However, discriminatory rules and practices still exist, and changes are not fully implemented and monitored in the Region. 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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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.

 
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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.

 
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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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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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Middle East Careers


A panel made up of professionals from five different sectors – government, journalism, academia, business and not-for-profit – discuss career opportunities for students interested in working in or with the Middle East.

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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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Social Harmony: An Iraqi perspective


Lukman Faily argues that the lack of social harmony in Iraqi society represents a key factor of instability and that it is necessary to identify and mediate this problem by encouraging increased cooperation between citizens though state-supported social and religious programmes.

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