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London School of Economics and Political Science
Tower 1, 10th Floor, Room 10.01
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE 


Sara Masry
s.masry@lse.ac.uk|
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Workshop Report
Statebuilding and Gender in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq|

This report features the proceedings from a workshop held at the University of Kurdistan-Hewlêr in Erbil on 27 May 2014 as part of the Academic Collaboration research project between LSE MEC and AUD. The workshop focused on the relationship between international actors in institutional reconstruction and gender relations in Kurdistan-Iraq since 2003. 

 
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Award
Dr Aitemad Muhanna-Matar wins prestigious new scholar award

Dr Aitemad Muhanna-Matar,| Research Fellow at the Centre, has been selected as the first-place winner of the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion’s Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza New Scholar Award| for 2014. Her article, 'Women's Moral Agency and the Politics of Religion in the Gaza Strip', will be published  in a special section on Global Feminisms in the spring issue in 2015.

 
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Workshop Report
Addressing the Demographic Imbalance in the Gulf States: Implications for Labour Markets, Migration, and National Identity|

This report contains the proceedings from a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre and led by Dr Kristian Coates Ulrichsen on demography in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states. The event hosted six speakers from Gulf and European background who addressed the shifting dynamics of the study of demographic issues in the Gulf States.
 
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Book review
Roham Alvandi's 'Nixon, Kissinger and the Shah' on the Financial Times' Summer Books of 2014 list
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'Knowledge of the 1970s, when Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was one of Washington’s closest global allies, is essential for anyone wishing to understand why it is so difficult for the US and Iran to overcome their differences. Alvandi throws new light on the period by showing that Iran’s last shah was more than just President Richard Nixon’s cat’s paw in the Middle East.' writes the FT's Tony Barber on Roham Alvandi's latest book, 'Nixon, Kissinger and the Shah: The United States and Iran in the Cold War'.|

 
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Analysis
Iraq doesn't have to fall apart. It can be reformed|

Professor Toby Dodge gives his expert analysis for The Guardian on the root causes behind the current violence in Iraq as well as the country's future prospects. He writes that, to address the current crisis, the US and international community should be encouraging Iraqis to reform their own political institutions, supporting those still in Iraq and trying to build a new country from the ground up.
 

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The Uprising of the Marginalised: A Socio-Economic Perspective into the Collapse of the Ba’ath Rule in Syria|

In this lecture on Monday 13 October, Dr Shamel Azmeh will offer a better understanding of the Syrian uprising as an uprising of the marginalised through examining the socio-economic formula that underlined the rule of the Ba’ath party in Syria for four decades, as well as how a combination of internal and external shifts that started in the 1990s and intensified in the 2000s led to the erosion of this compromise.

 
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Nixon, Kissinger, and the Shah: The United States and Iran in the Cold War|

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran, is often remembered as a pliant instrument of American power during the Cold War. In this lecture and book launch, Dr Roham Alvandi offers a revisionist account of the Shah's relationship with the United States by examining the partnership he forged with Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger in the 1970s.

 
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The Political Economy of the Energy, Finance and Security in the UAE: between the Majilis and the Market|

On Monday 20 October, Dr Karen Young will offer a brief summary of the her new book. She will argue that conflicts surrounding the finance, energy and security sectors in the United Arab Emirates are results of institutional constraints which are exacerbated by federal tensions between emirates, international political alliances tied to investment opportunities and access, and demographic challenges.

 
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Wrapped in the Flag of Israel: Mizrahi Single Mothers and Bureaucratic Torture|

In this lecture and book launch on Monday 27 October, Professor Smadar Lavie will discuss social protest movements from the 2003 Single Mothers’ March led by Mizrahi Vicky Knafo, to the “Tahrir is Here” Israeli mass protests of summer 2011. Equating bureaucratic entanglements with pain—what, arguably, can be seen as torture, Lavie explores the conundrum of loving and staying loyal to a state that repeatedly inflicts pain on its non-European Jewish women citizens.

 
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High-Risk Activism and Popular Struggle Against the Israeli Occupation of the West Bank|

Since 2002 local Palestinian popular committees have led a grass roots struggle against the separation barrier Israel has constructed, mostly on Palestinian land inside the West Bank. Israelis and internationals have joined this social movement.  On Tuesday 4 November, Professor Joel Beinin will explore the history of the struggle and the motivations of Israelis for participating in it.

 

 

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Iraq: Causes and Consequences of the Present Crisis|

The seizure of Mosul by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant and their rapid move south towards Baghdad has thrown Iraq into another post-regime change crisis. This panel examines the identity and background of the fighters in northern Iraq, as well as the root causes behind the violence. Prof Toby Dodge, Amb Feisal Istrabadi and Dr Faleh Jabar also explore why the Iraqi armed forces collapsed so quickly,  explaining how the political and constitutional system, which was set up in the aftermath of regime change, has contributed to the current situation.

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Decoding Transition: the case of Egypt|

In this lecture, Professor Bahgat Korani explores how, although Tunisia was the direct trigger of the 'Arab Spring', Egypt is its landscape. What happens for the transition in this most populous country of the Arab world will, more than in Yemen or neighbouring Libya, shape this 'Spring's' outcome.

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LSE Middle East Centre and Kuwait Programme Public Event 

Oman's Foreign Policy Under Sultan Qaboos: Independent, but to what Extent?|

Dr Marc Valeri explores how, although Oman’s foreign policy under Qaboos is usually considered to be pragmatic and independent – as illustrated by the sultanate’s role in facilitating the conclusion of the Iran-P5+1 nuclear deal in 2013 and its announcement that it would not join a hypothetical Gulf union, such a widely accepted view should not obscure the fact that the price to pay for the perpetuation of this foreign policy has been an unquestioned political and economic dependence towards London and Washington.

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Social Movements and Popular Mobilisation in the MENA Research Theme

Will the Real Palestinian Peasantry Please Sit Down? Towards a New History of British Rule in Palestine, 1917-1936|

In this seminar, Dr Charles Anderson discusses his paper which is part of a broader argument for a history from below of Arab society under the Palestine Mandate.  By reexamining the political economy of the countryside under the first 18 years of British rule and the responses of peasants and ex-peasants to the escalating pressures they faced, it contends that greater attention to the history of the rural majority has much to teach us. 

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LSE Middle East Centre and Kuwait Programme Public Event

The Macroeconomics of the Gulf|

Raphael Espinoza of the IMF analyses the challenges created by the changes the economies of the Gulf states have gone through in the last decade, spurred by high oil prices and ambitious diversification plans.

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