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Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE 

Sara Masry
+44 (0)20 7955 6198


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LSE Middle East Alumni Symposium, Dubai|

The first LSE Middle East Alumni Symposium will take place in Dubai on Wednesday 30 April 2014. Building on LSE’s long engagement with the Middle East, this event is a unique opportunity to bring together senior LSE academics with graduates of the School as well as other stakeholders in the region. Talks by Professor Craig Calhoun, Professor Danny Quah and Professor Toby Dodge will be followed by a drinks reception.

Attendance is free, however registration is essential.|


The Nazi-Soviet Pact in the Light of Transnational History: Persian Connections in German-Soviet Relations|

Starting up our summer term on Wednesday 30 April, Professor Jennifer Jenkins will take a new look at the Nazi-Soviet Pact of WW2 by embedding it in German and Soviet economic policies toward the Near East, specifically with Iran, from the early Weimar period forward.


LSE Middle East Centre and Kuwait Programme Public Event
The New Middle East Cold War

On Thursday 1 May, Professor Gregory Gause will explore the contest for influence which is being played out in post-Arab Spring Middle East in states where governance is weak, collapsing or collapsed.


LSE Middle East Centre and International Development Public Event
The Struggle for Iraq's Future

On Wednesday May 7, Zaid al-Ali will be launching his book The Struggle for Iraq’s Future, providing a uniquely insightful interpretation of Iraq’s nation-building progress in the wake of the 2003 war.


Bahrain: Strategies of Domination and Mobilisation|

On Wednesday 14 May, Dr Toby Matthiesen will explore how the strategies of domination and mobilisation mastered by the regime and the opposition have led to radically different experiences of daily life in Bahrain, and to almost diametrically opposed views as to how the future of the country should look like.


LSE Middle East Centre and Kuwait Programme Public Event

The Macroeconomics of the Gulf|

In this talk on Thursday 14 May, Raphael Espinoza of the IMF will be analysing the challenges created by changes the economies of the Gulf states have experienced in the last decade, spurred by high oil prices and ambitious diversification plans.


LSE Middle East Centre Emirates PhD Scholarship|

Applications are now open for the Emirates PhD scholarship 2014-2015. The Emirates scholarship is open to students who have been upgraded to doctoral candidacy at LSE for studies on the Middle East (Arab League member states and Turkey, Iran and Israel), in any discipline. To be eligible for an award, students must expect to complete their PhD by the end of July 2015. For more information on how to apply, please visit the scholarship webpage.|


New Collaboration Projects 2013/2014 announced|

For the second round of the LSE Academic Collaboration with Arab Universities Programme, four new projects were supported this year. The projects cover a wide range of subjects and countries: Salafist Youth in Tunisia|, Women’s Health in Occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt)|, Gentrification and Neighbourhood Change in Ras Beirut| and The Role of International Actors in Enhancing Women’s Rights in Kurdistan Region of Iraq|.


Iraq: From War to a New Authoritarianism|

The Economist has named Iraq: From War to a New Authoritarianism as one of its books of the year. The book, authored by Professor Toby Dodge, gives an in-depth analysis of the 2003 US intervention in Iraq and the subsequent state-building efforts, as well as analysing the evolution of the insurgency, the descent into full-scale civil war and the implementation of the 'surge' as a counterinsurgency strategy.


The New Middle East: Protest and Revolution Across the Arab World|

We are pleased to announce that the MEC's first major publication The New Middle East: Protest and Revolution in the Arab World, edited by Professor Fawaz Gerges is now out. It is one of the first critically comprehensive books written by leading scholars to examine the meanings and effects of the Arab popular uprisings on local, regional and international politics.


Syria-Iraq Relations: From State Formation to the Arab Uprising|

Professor Raymond Hinnebusch assesses the relationship between Iraq and Syria, using their changing relations as indicators of changes in the surrounding states and MENA regional states system. He aptly discusses the current relationship as emblematic of the current status quo of the states system in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Algeria and its Southern Neighbours: Turbulence in the Sahara|

In this talk, Dr Yvan Guichaoua examines the role of Algeria in recent (Tuareg and Jihadist) insurgencies in Mali and Niger as portrayed by various actors of the political crises in the Sahel. Meanwhile, Imad Mesdoua assesses the rationales guiding Algerian foreign policy in light of growing instability throughout the Sahel and Maghreb regions. He also examines whether Algeria's regional security policy, partly focused on countering al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb’s (AQIM) growing influence in neighbouring states, has been successful. 

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Diversified but Marginal: The GCC Private Sector as an Economic and Political Force|

Gulf private sectors contribute the majority of national capital formation and employment, and have diversified into a wide range of manufacturing and service activities. National development strategies rely on private business as a primary driver of growth and development. At the same time, business contributes little to economic policy-making and is isolated in national politics, regularly failing to be represented in elected bodies. Dr Steffen Hertog explains this passive and isolated role of business by looking at how, despite all the diversification, it remains structurally dependent on state spending and subsidies, and how its interests are at odds with those of GCC citizens at large.

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Qatari Foreign Policy and the Changing Regional Order in the Middle East|

Qatar has established a reputation for adopting a foreign policy based on pragmatism. However, the geopolitical landscape in the Middle East has recently witnessed a number of key changes that are recalibrating the distribution of power in the region. In this talk, Dr Lina Khatib analyses whether those changes are testing Qatar's pragmatism, and if the Middle East is witnessing the birth of a new political order.

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The Dialectics of the Arab Revolutions: 2011-2013|

Far from the misconceptions of the "Arab Spring" or the "Islamist Autumn", the upheavals of the Arab world over the last three years unfolded along a number of lines of understanding - some local, others regional or global - that were intricately mixed. Professor Gilles Kepel, who has extensively travelled the Middle East since Spring 2011 and met with many of the conflicting actors of the crisis, introduces a contextual analysis of the events rationale, based on his award-winning travelogue Passion arabe [the Arab Passion].

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Neoliberal Development in Palestine and the Regional Context|

In this talk, Dr Adam Hanieh discusses his new book, Lineages of Revolt, and recent fieldwork in the West Bank to examine the political economy of Palestinian neoliberalism in the most recent period. Dr Hanieh explores essential contours of Palestinian Authority development strategy, its links to donor-led imperatives and the Israeli occupation, as well as the wider regional political economy. The talk also addresses the political implications and potential points of resistance to neoliberalism in the Palestinian context.

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