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Middle East Centre
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London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE 


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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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LSE Kuwait Programme Short-Term Visiting Research Fellowship 2016

The Kuwait Programme wishes to announce the availability of a Short-Term Visiting Research Fellowship. Based in the LSE Middle East Centre, the Fellowship will enable the successful candidate to pursue research relevant to the Kuwait Programme for a period of up to three months. Applications are invited from GCC nationals who have a PhD or equivalent and wish to develop their research capacity and output. The application deadline is 15 September 2015.

 
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Dr Karen Young in the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security's ‘Reflections’
The Limits of Gulf Arab Aid: Energy Markets and Foreign Policy

This article tracks the expansion of Arab Gulf State aid in the wider region after 2011, with attempts to correlate the movement of oil prices with financial aid and moreinterventionist foreign policy historically since the 1970s. 

 
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Dr Pejman Abdolmohammadi for the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies
Iran as a Peculiar Hybrid Regime

This article, based on the assumption that the Iranian political system is a peculiar form of a hybrid regime, looks at the structure and dynamics of the Islamic Republic. 

 
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And What if one Spoke of the Land? Labour, food and contested space in modern South Lebanon

On Tuesday 29 September, Martha Mundy and Rami Zurayk and their colleagues Saker El-Nour and Cynthia Gharios present the findings of a four year LSE-AUB collaboration project on agrarian change in Lebanon.

 
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Other 'gentrifications': remaking Ras Beirut

On Thursday 1 October, Fran Tonkiss and Mona Khechen present the findings of a collaborative research project between LSE and AUB looking at gentrification in the Ras Beirut neighbourhood.

 
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Pursuing Atrocity Accountability in Syria

On Wednesday 14 October, a panel discusses the findings of recently completed prosecution case files put together by the Commission for International Justice and Accountability. The files contain evidence for future prosecutions of those involved in violating international and humanitarian law during the Syrian conflict.

 
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Between Hegemony and Resistance: towards a moral economy of the Tunisian Revolution

On Tuesday 20 October, Sami Zemni presents his paper on the Tunisian uprising, using a ‘moral economy’ approach in order to understand the massive mobilizations that led to Ben Ali’s disappearance, and to make sense of the nature of political change in the post-Ben Ali era.

 
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Being Salafi Under Sisi: the strategy of the Egyptian al-Nour party

Stéphane Lacroix discusses Salafism in Egypt, looking specifically at the Salafi al-Nour party, its political strategy, the role it plays in the emerging power structure in Egypt and what this tells us about its political identity.

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How Self-Limiting Mobilisations Work: the case of Morocco

Frédéric Vairel presents his paper, which describes how self-limitation works in contemporary Moroccan mobilisation, with particular reference to the 20th February Movement.

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Of Regime and Movements: authoritarian reform and the 2011 popular uprisings in Morocco

Frédéric Vairel discusses the 2011 Moroccan protests and why the Arab Spring played out so differently in Morocco by considering the 20th February Movement and the regime's response to it.

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An Impending Nuclear Deal With Iran?

Mark Fitzpatrick assesses the political and strategic ramifications of a resolution to the Iranian nuclear crisis as well as the technical and diplomatic issues involved.

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The 3000: Why are thousands of Tunisians flocking to Daesh?
by Youssef Cherif Tunisia, regarded as the Arab ‘beacon of hope’ and the cliché of Arab secularism and liberalism, raises a lot of expectations. Hence the most pressing point when Tunisia is discussed rotates around the 3000 Tunisian fighters who joined the ranks of Daesh (or ISIS). The problem might lay in a distortion of the nation-building process that started […]

Towards an Ethics of Sight: Violence Scholarship and the Arab Uprisings
by Sarah E. Parkinson This memo was presented at a workshop in Rabat on ‘The Ethics of Political Science Research and Teaching in MENA’, organised by the LSE Middle East Centre and King Mohammed V University in Rabat on 9-11 June 2015. How do politics of sight affect the ways in which participants and observers understand violence during the Arab Uprisings? By […]

Religious Identity and Social Science Research in the Middle East
by David Mednicoff This memo was presented at a workshop in Rabat on ‘The Ethics of Political Science Research and Teaching in MENA’, organised by the LSE Middle East Centre and King Mohammed V University in Rabat on 9-11 June 2015. Do researchers’ positions on religion affect, or otherwise matter for, social scientific work on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) […]

Researching the “Un-researchable”: State Politics and Research Ethics
by Evren Balta This memo was presented at a workshop in Rabat on ‘The Ethics of Political Science Research and Teaching in MENA’, organised by the LSE Middle East Centre and King Mohammed V University in Rabat on 9-11 June 2015. Since the Syrian crisis began in 2011, Turkey has been estimated to host over one and a half million Syrian refugees. As […]

Teaching Practices of Middle East Politics: Potentials and Challenges
by Guy Burton This memo was presented at a workshop in Rabat on ‘The Ethics of Political Science Research and Teaching in MENA’, organised by the LSE Middle East Centre and King Mohammed V University in Rabat on 9-11 June 2015. In this piece, Guy Burton looks at ‘area studies’: the teaching and study of Middle East politics, which is distinct from […]

Salafist Identity Formation between Objective Determinants and Personal Experience
by Samiha Hamdi As we attempt to detect some signs of the social transformations taking place in Tunisia particularly after the 2011 uprising, we find the expansion of Salafism and its effects on the process of identity formation among Tunisian youth to be one of the most important social changes. This article examines the Salafist identity formation process among Tunisian […]

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