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London School of Economics and Political Science
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Houghton Street
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Job Vacancy
Research Officer|

The Centre seeks a Research Officer to contribute to the research project, ‘Contemporary Challenges Resulting from the Demographic Profile of GCC States: Labour Markets, Migration, and National Identity’|.

Applications must be received by 29 September 2014. Please visit the Jobs at LSE page| for more information on how to apply.


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.


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.


As we prepare for the next academic year, we will be regularly updating our list of events. To be the first to hear about our forthcoming events, join our mailing list now.|


Lessons for Democratization Theory from the Arab World: Insights from a Paired Comparison of Egypt and Tunisia|

In our first event of Michaelmas Term on 9 October, Dr Eva Bellin will explore the differential experience of Egypt and Tunisia in the years since the overthrow of Mubarak and Ben Ali in 2011. Why has Tunisia succeeded in the process of democratic transition while Egypt has failed? 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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