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Event

A 'Revolutionary Education'? Algeria, West Africa, and the Postcolonial Politics of Islam


On Wednesday 7 December, Andrew Lebovich examines the largely unexplored connections in the colonial and postcolonial era between reformist Muslims in Algeria and West Africa, the impact of these ties on the development of regional Islamic reform, and what they might say about Algeria's sometimes fraught relationship with the rest of Africa.

 
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Publication
Social Harmony: An Iraqi Perspective


In this report, Lukman Faily examines the three foundational pillars of Iraqi society, culture, state and religion, exploring who has power and who has authority within this framework.

 
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Publication
Iran's Eleventh Presidential Election Revisited: The Politics of Managing Change


With Rouhani's first term coming to an end, and an agreement reached on Iran’s nuclear programme, Ali Ansari revisits the 2013 presidential election campaign and argues that the process retained much of the intricate management of previous elections.

 
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News
Valeria Cetorelli co-editing new Palgrave Macmillan book series 


Editors of this interdisciplinary book series, 'Demography and Politics in the Middle East & North Africa', invite social science scholarship that explores the links and relationships between demographic change and social and political transformations in the region.

 
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News
Fatima El-Issawi's new book published by Palgrave


Fatima's El-Issawi book, Arab National Media and Political Change examines the evolution of national Arab media and its interplay with political change, particularly in emerging democracies after the Arab uprisings. 

 
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Research
The Long-Term Challenges of Forced Migration: Local and Regional Perspectives from Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq


In June 2016, the LSE Middle East Centre brought together scholars, policy-makers and civil society representatives to critically reflect on some of the key challenges posed by the Syrian refugee emergency in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and the wider Middle East. 

 
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Iran's Eleventh Presidential Election Revisited: The Politics of Managing Change
Ali Ansari, November 2016


With Rouhani's first term coming to an end, and an agreement reached on Iran’s nuclear programme, Ali Ansari revisits the 2013 presidential election campaign and argues that the process retained much of the intricate management of previous elections.

 
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Theorising Revolution, Apprehending Civil War: Leftist Political Practice and Analysis in Lebanon (1969–79)
Fadi Bardawil, October 2016


This paper focuses on the writings of Waddah Charara as well as the Marxist tradition of thought at the beginning of the Lebanese civil and regional wars (1975–1990).

 
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The Long-Term Challenges of Forced Migration: Local and Regional Perspectives from Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq
September 2016


In a workshop held on 17–18 June 2016, the MEC brought together a diverse group of people to explore the effects of the Syrian refugee crisis on Arab host states such as Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq. This volume brings together a set of papers presented at the workshop.

 
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Women, Peace and Security in Iraq
Zeynep N. Kaya, August 2016


This report offers an overview of the issues women face due to conflict in Iraq and provides an assessment of the Iraqi National Action Plan for the implementation of UN Security Resolution 1325.

 
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Rojava at 4: Examining the Experiment in Western Kurdistan
August 2016


In July 2012, Kurds in northern Syria began taking control of territory. Four years on from this unprecedented development, the MEC convened a workshop to examine the progress and nature of the Rojava project. This report provides a distillation of the presentations and discussions.

 
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Moroccan National Media: Between Change and Status Quo
Fatima El-Issawi, April 2016


This report examines the relationship between Moroccan tra­ditional  media and the political sphere after the Arab uprisings. It aims to extend and complement policy work on the impact of political change on the traditional national media, and on the role played by the national media in consolidating or weakening the democratisation processes.

 
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Book Review: Roger Hardy’s The Poisoned Well by Ian Black


Almost fifty years after Britain and France left the Middle East, the toxic legacies of their rule continue to fester. Roger Hardy’s lively new account of  imperialism in the region is bursting with memorable anecdotes, intriguing detail and splashes of colour that illuminate a canvas of power, greed and double standards... read the full article

 
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The CHP’s ineffective opposition to Erdoğan continues by Daniel W. Round


It is nearly two months since a section of the military tried to overthrow Turkey’s government. The coup attempt has brought about an unprecedented and ongoing restructuring of key state institutions... read the full article

 
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Rojava at 4: Examining the Experiment in Western Kurdistan
Four years on from the creation of Rojava, the LSE Middle East Centre convened a workshop bringing together specialists on Kurdish, Syrian and Turkish politics. Short pieces by workshop participants were published on our blog. read the articles
 
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Is VAT the best choice for the GCC countries? by Ghada Abdullah


 

The economies of the Gulf Corporation Council (GCC) countries are highly dependent on the energy sector, where the hydrocarbon sector constitutes around 40% of their GDP... read the full article

 
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In the midst of political bargaining, migrants are the biggest losers by Ammar Bajboj


Today, Syrian refugees find themselves the victims of political bargaining by many host countries which use them for political or economic gain. The latest example of this was the statement made by Burhan Kuzu, a high-ranking deputy of the ruling AKP in Turkey, when he said... read the full article

 
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Yemen: A Battle for the Future


Ginny Hill and Baraa Shiban present their new paper for the Remote Control Project, examining the use of special forces, mercenaries and armed drones. They highlight the moral and political risks for Western governments training and arming regional protagonists, such as Saudi Arabia and the UAE, to fight in Yemen. 

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Popular Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East


John Chalcraft launches his book Popular Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East, which gives an account of popular protest that emphasizes the revolutionary modern history of the region.

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Let's Rock/Rap it! Music as Collective Action: The case of the Arab Spring


Amina Boubia presents her paper which studies the role new music genres such as rock and rap have played in the Middle East and North Africa during the Arab Spring. 

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The Fight Against ISIS: Kurds on the front line


Zanyari Intelligence Agency and Counter Terrorism Group Special Forces, under the leadership of Lahur Talabany, have played a key role in these efforts. Lahur Talabany shares his insights into how the struggle against ISIS is proceeding.

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Violence and the City in the Modern Middle East


Nelida Fuccaro launches her edited book 'Violence and the City in the Modern Middle East', with two of the contributors to the volume, Rasmus Christian Elling and Ulrike Freitag, exploring violence in the public lives of modern Middle Eastern cities, approaching violence as an individual and collective experience, a historical event, and an urban process.

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