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London School of Economics and Political Science
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Sandra Sfeir
+44 (0)20 7955 6198

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Chelsea Milsom
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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.


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. 


Dr Rebecca Steinfeld for Israel Studies Journal
Wars of the Wombs: Struggles Over Abortion Policies in Israel

MEC Visiting Fellow Rebecca Steinfeld examines the historical and contemporary struggles that have led to the gap between the restrictions on, and availability of, abortion in Israel. This article attributes this gap to the compromise necessitated by conflicts amongst competing policymakers, motivated by opposing viewpoints and interests, over the objectives and substance of abortion policies. 


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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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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New online portal on Gulf History involving LSE alumnus Francis Owtram
This article originally appeared on the LSE Department of International Relations blog. IR Department PhD alumnus, Francis Owtram, is currently assisting with the development of an online portal of archival material which will be of key interest to students of the history and international relations of the Arabian/Persian Gulf. The Qatar Digital Library was launched in October 2014 and is […]

Book Review of Mark Thompson’s Saudi Arabia and the Path to Political Change
by Madawi al-Rasheed Under domestic and international pressure, authoritarian monarchies in which citizens are completely disenfranchised, are often compelled to occasionally engage multiple domestic constituencies in dialogue. This is usually a response to specific terrorism threats, demands for reform, or internal sporadic mobilisation. Post 9/11 Saudi Arabia was on the brink of implosion from within. The country witnessed the worst […]

Cautious hope for Turkey: Between a coalition government and early elections
by Zeynep Kaya The elections on Sunday June 7 were the most important general elections in recent Turkish political history. With a huge turnout, more women in parliament, better Kurdish political representation and a clear ‘no’ to a presidential system, the future of Turkish democracy looks promising. However, a hung parliament and potential early elections might jeopardise this. Regrettably, the […]

Book Review: Saudi Arabia in Transition
by Andrew Delatolla The book Saudi Arabia in Transition: Insights on Social, Political, Economic and Religious Change edited by Bernard Haykel, Thomas Heggghammer, and Stéphane Lacroix examines a number of topical and emerging issues throughout its four parts: politics, oil, Islam and Islamism, and social change. While many of the topics have been explored by existing research, the book compiles […]

The State of Democracy in Turkey: Institutions, Society and Foreign Relations 
by Dr Didem Buhari-Gulmez and Dr Seckin Baris Gulmez In March 2015, the LSE Middle East Centre and LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies co-organised a full-day workshop on the timely topic of democratisation in Turkey focusing on current debates on domestic politics involving the Kurdish and Alevi rights, and Turkish foreign policy especially its EU membership process and its policy towards […]

Democracy, Secession, and the Kurds
by Serhun Al US Senator Rand Paul (R) recently stated that Kurds should be given their own country rather than simply being armed by the United States. US Vice President Joe Biden, on the other hand, praised Iraq’s territorial unity. Today, while an independent Kurdish state is the dream of many—especially the Kurds of Iraq—it is also the fear of […]

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