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London WC2A 2AE 


General Enquiries and Events
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+44 (0)20 7955 6198

Projects and Scholarships Enquiries 
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Internal Call for Proposals
Academic Collaboration with Arab Universities Programme|

Launching the fourth round of funding, the Middle East Centre invites applications from LSE colleagues for academic collaborative projects in social, political, and economic sciences between academics at LSE and Arab universities. These projects may involve collaborative research or capacity building. For more information, please visit the collaboration projects webpage.| 

 
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LSE study shows sharp rise in teenage childbearing during Iraq War|

A study by LSE’s Valeria Cetorelli, MEC Emirates PhD scholar and candidate in demography, shows that teenage fertility in Iraq rose by more than 30 per cent between 2003 and 2010 due to increased early marriage among less-educated girls. 

 
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The Role of Egyptian Media in the Coup|

MEC Research Fellow Fatima El-Issawi|'s paper on The Role of Egyptian Media in the Coup has been published in the European Institute of the Mediterranean 2014 yearbook. The paper investigates the role played by Egyptian media, especially prominent talk show hosts, in providing legitimacy to the military-backed regime, with examples from the daily practices of journalists.

 
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Call for Proposals for Funding

Mapping Foreign Policy in the GCC|

The MEC invites applications for funding for research activities on GCC foreign policy. Three grants at 5,000 GBP each are available, part of the research project entitled ‘Mapping Foreign Policy in the GCC: Resources, Recipients and Regional Effects’.| 

 
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Syria and the Future of the State Order in the Levant|

On Wednesday 11 February, Steven Heydemann argues that the widespread violence now gripping the Levant and Arab East has a logic and structure that can shed light on its underlying dynamics, its drivers, and its possible effects.

 

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Berber Government: The Kabyle Polity in Pre-Colonial Algeria|

On Monday 12 January, Professor Hugh Roberts discusses his new book, Berber Government: the Kabyle Polity in Pre-colonial Algeria|. The book looks at the character of the institutions which were central to Kabyle political organization and explains how their development was the product of the interaction between the populations of Kabylia and the Ottoman Regency and gave birth to a political tradition which survives to the present day.

 
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LSE Kuwait Programme Event
Bahrain's Election Boycott: Lessons from Kuwait|

On Tuesday 20 January, Kristin Smith Diwan asks whether the November 2014 parliamentary elections in Bahrain, boycotted by the political opposition, will contribute to stability and democratic advancement, drawing lessons from Kuwait's recent experience.

 
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Foreign Fighters in Syria and Iraq: Motivations and Implications|

On Tuesday 27 January, Peter Neumann discusses the motivations and implications of the growing numbers of foreign jihadist fighters, drawing on a large database with hundreds of social media profiles of Western fighters, dozens of interviews, and fieldwork.

 
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Hezbollah, Islamist Politics and International Society|

On February 2, MEC Fellow Filippo Dionigi launches his book Hezbollah, Islamist Politics and International Security,| which uses the example of Lebanon's Hezbollah to reflect on the role of international norms in influencing and shaping Islamist politics in the Middle East.

 
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The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication|

In this talk, Dr Lina Khatib, Dr Dina Matar, and Dr Atef Alshaer will present their most recent book, 'The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication'. In this book, the authors address how Hizbullah uses image, language and its charismatic leader, Hassan Nasrallah, to legitimise its political aims and ideology and appeal to different target groups.

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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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1960s Algeria: Women, Public Space and Moral Panic|

This talk explores debates about the place of women in public space in Algeria in the 1960s. Seeking to go beyond commonly-held views of post-independence Algeria as locked in a binary struggle between, on the one hand, 'tradition' and ethno-cultural nationalism and, on the other hand 'modernity' and socialist development, Dr Vince considers how revolutionary progress could embrace puritanical single-mindedness and also how Algerian women in the 1960s responded to and contributed to these debates.

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New Trends of Women's Activism after the Arab Uprisings: Redefining Women's Leadership|

Dr Aitemad Muhanna-Matar presents the findings of field research conducted in five countries (Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Yemen and the occupied Palestinian territory) in 2013.

The research reflects on the form of women's leadership that developed during and after the Arab Uprisings and how it could contribute to redefining women's activism and empowerment and its effect on social and gender transformation in Arab countries.

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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.  Using Doug McAdam’s conception of “high-risk activism”, Professor Joel Beinin explores the history of the struggle and the motivations of Israelis for participating in it.

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  • Mass Politics and the Future of Authoritarian Governance in the Arab World
    by Steven Heydemann, United States Institute of Peace This memo was prepared for ‘The Arab Thermidor: The Resurgence of the Security State’ workshop held at LSE on 10 October  2014 in collaboration with POMEPS.   Emerging patterns in authoritarian governance in the Arab world Today, the dominant images of the “Arab Spring” are no longer of exuberant crowds gathered in public squares to demand democracy and social […]
  • The Role of Militaries in the Arab Thermidor
    by Robert Springborg, Sciences Po This memo was prepared for ‘The Arab Thermidor: The Resurgence of the Security State’ workshop held at LSE on 10 October  2014 in collaboration with POMEPS. If the subtitle of this workshop, “The Resurgence of the Mukhabarat State,” is meant to imply that resurgence of security and intelligence services is the key institutional feature of Arab “Thermidors,” it is misleading. It is […]
  • Fiscal Politics of Enduring Authoritarianism
    by Pete W. Moore, Case Western Reserve University This memo was prepared for ‘The Arab Thermidor: The Resurgence of the Security State’ workshop held at LSE on 10 October  2014 in collaboration with POMEPS. “In many areas of the Middle East and Latin America, revolutionary pressure continues to build up…The problem which has to be solved, and to which no one has yet found a satisfactory […]
  • Is Libya a Proxy War?
    by Frederic Wehrey, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace This memo was prepared for ‘The Arab Thermidor: The Resurgence of the Security State’ workshop held at LSE on 10 October  2014 in collaboration with POMEPS. Recent reports of Egyptian military aircraft bombing Islamist militant positions in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi have highlighted once more how the Mediterranean state has become a contested site of regional proxy […]
  • Explaining Democratic Divergence: Why Tunisia has Succeeded and Egypt has Failed
    by Eva Bellin, Brandeis University This memo was prepared for ‘The Arab Thermidor: The Resurgence of the Security State’ workshop held at LSE on 10 October  2014 in collaboration with POMEPS.   In the wake of the Arab Spring, Tunisia and Egypt emerged as the two heretofore autocratic Middle Eastern countries with the greatest promise for successful transition to democracy. Both countries had successfully jettisoned longstanding autocratic […]
  • Arab Transitions and the Old Elite
    by Ellis Goldberg, University of Washington This memo was prepared for ‘The Arab Thermidor: The Resurgence of the Security State’ workshop held at LSE on 10 October  2014 in collaboration with POMEPS.   “Se vogliamo che tutto rimanga come é, bisogna che tutto cambi” If you want things to stay as they are, they have to change: These are the words challenging an elite faced with ruin […]

 

 
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