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London School of Economics and Political Science
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London WC2A 2AE 

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Sandra Sfeir
+44 (0)20 7955 6198

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Pursuing Atrocity Accountability in Syria

Large-scale violations of international criminal and humanitarian law are taking place in the Syrian conflict. On Wednesday 14 October, a panel of experts 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.


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. 


Algeria's Belle Epoque: Memories of the 1970s

From the perspective of a working-class Algiers neighbourhood, this talk by Ed McAllister on Wednesday 21 October looks at social memories of post-independence nation-building during the 1970s as reflections of the disappointments of the 1980s, the dislocation caused by civil war during the 1990s, and the reinforced state power and consumerism of the 2000s. 

The Other Saudis: Shiism, Dissent and Sectarianism

On Wednesday 28 October, Toby Matthiesen launches his new book in which he traces the politics of the Shia in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia from the nineteenth century until the present day. He outlines the difficult experiences of being Shia in a Wahhabi state, and casts new light on how the Shia have mobilised politically to change their position.

Dr Jonathan Hill joins the MEC as Visiting Fellow

We are pleased to welcome Jonathan Hill as Visiting Fellow at the MEC. Jon is Reader in Postcolonialism and the Maghreb in the Defence Studies Department at King’s College London. His research examines and compares political processes, structures and cultures in contemporary North Africa and, increasingly, the wider Middle East. He is currently completing a book for Edinburgh University Press entitled Democratisation in the Maghreb.


Dr Karen Young in the New York Times
As Oil Wealth Dwindles, Saudi Arabia Faces Change

'It's not an absolute crisis, but it is a question of planning for the future,' comments Karen Young on the challenges faced by Saudi Arabia in light of the recent plunge in the price of crude oil, which accounts for 90% of government revenue.


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 Hessah Al-Ojayan for Applied Economics
Drivers of price reaction to rights issue announcements in the Kuwait Stock Exchange

This paper examines the drivers behind stock price reactions to announcements of rights issues by firms listed on the Kuwaiti Stock Exchange for the period 2003–2013. 


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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Book Review – Citizenship in Transition: New Perspectives on Transnational Migration from the Middle East to Europe
by Christian Lekon As Europe is struggling with an unprecedented wave of refugees, especially from the Middle East, Citizenship in Transition: New Perspectives on Transnational Migration from the Middle East to Europe is a timely book. The implications of this migration for the concept of citizenship are the main motif holding the different contributions together. The volume, edited by Annemarie Profanter and […]

Book Review – Joyriding in Riyadh: Oil, Urbanism and Road Revolt
By Michael Farquhar While it is understandable that the title and blurb of this new book from Pascal Menoret should give pride of place to the eye-catching topic of joyriding in the Saudi capital, this framing perhaps risks underselling a work that is truly ambitious in scope. In fact, original analysis of the youth pastime of “drifting” emerges as only […]

Is Turkey making a strategic mistake in turning on the Kurds?
by Nathaniel Handy The Justice and Development Party’s nationalist gamble is a mistake in terms of immediate electoral aims and wider strategic goals for Turkey, writes Nathaniel Handy in a piece that was originally published by Fair Observer.  It has been well-documented that the current Turkish government offensive against the Islamic State (IS) is largely being conducted as a cover for […]

Delays to the Chilcot Report may be no bad thing after all 
by James Strong Another few months have passed with no sign of the long-awaited Chilcot Report. Is it now time to accept the entire thing will prove nothing more than an establishment stitch-up? Dr James Strong of LSE’s Department of International Relations thinks not. Relatives of British service personnel killed fighting in Iraq are frustrated by the continuation of Sir […]

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 […]

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