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


Sandra Sfeir
+44 (0)20 7955 6198
s.sfeir@lse.ac.uk


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The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication|

On Tuesday 2nd December, Dr Lina Khatib, Dr Dina Matar, and Dr Atef Alshaer present their most recent book, 'The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication'. The book addresses 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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LSE Asia Research Centre and Middle East Centre Event

Kabul: the growth story you don't know|

On Monday 1 December, Louise Walker discusses the impressive advances made by Afghanistan - from health and education to women's empowerment and economic growth, using USAID's on-going commitment to partner with Afghanistan as a  test case for sustainable future development.

 
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Battlefields of the Republic: the Struggle for Public Space in Tunisia|

On Wednesday 3rd December, Charles Tripp argues that the city, as a distinctive set of places, is also the site and progenitor of particular forms of contention and that these come together in the social construction of, and competition for public space.

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Ben Bella's Algeria: Third Worldism beyond continents and colours|

On Tuesday 9 December, Dr Jeffrey Byrne investigates the fate of decolonisation in North Africa, with a particular focus on the fate of anti-colonial internationalism (or “Third Worldism”) following the triumph of post-colonial territorial nationalism.

 
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Internal Call for Proposals
Academic Collaboration with Arab Universities Programme|

Launching the fourth round of funding, he 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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Research Project Support Assistant|

The MEC is seeking a Research Assistant to provide support to a  collaborative research project with the American University of Dubai| examining the relationship between Arab traditional mass media and the political sphere within the remit of political change in the Arab world.The project is led by  Dr Fatima El-Issawi,| MEC Research Fellow.

 
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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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Prescription to Reform the World of Arab Business|

Most think the Arab corporate sector needs to increase its contribution to national development. What is holding it back? There are two critical and closely related factors, explains Dr Steffen Hertog in his latest article for the Financial Times: its weak position vis-à-vis the state and its limited role in the labour market. 

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

In this lecture and book launch, 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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