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London School of Economics and Political Science
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London WC2A 2AE 

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Sandra Sfeir
+44 (0)20 7955 6198

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Chelsea Milsom
+44 (0)20 7955 7038

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Ribale Sleiman Haidar

+44(0)20 7955 6250




LSE Kuwait Programme Short-Term Visiting Research Fellowship 2017

Applications are now open for the new round of Short-Term Visiting Research Fellowships at the LSE Kuwait Programme. Applications are invited from GCC nationals with a PhD or equivalent who wish to develop their research capacity and output. The application deadline is 5 September 2016.

Alkazemi, Mariam

Mariam Alkazemi joins the MEC as a Visiting Fellow

We are happy to announce that Mariam Alkazemi, an Assistant Professor at the Gulf University of Science and Technology, has recently joined the Kuwait Programme researching the role of social media and advertising regulation in the protection of Kuwaiti consumers. 


Al-Sarihi, Aisha

Aisha Al-Sarihi joins the MEC as Research Officer

We are pleased to welcome Aisha Al-Sarihi who has recently joined the Kuwait Programme as Research Officer. Aisha will be working on climate change in GCC States. Aisha is completing her doctoral thesis at the Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London. 


Fatima El-Issawi publishes with Georgetown University Qatar

The CIRS Georgetown University Qatar has recently published an edited volume, Bullets and Bulletins: Media and Politics in the Wake of the Arab Uprisings featuring a chapter by MEC Fellow Fatima El-Issawi, looking at traditional media in Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt.


New Book
India and the Islamic Heartlands: An Eighteenth-Century World of Circulation and Exchange

LSE International History Department's Dr Gagan Sood has published his new book, which recaptures a vanished and forgotten world from the eighteenth century spanning much of today's Middle East and South Asia. It focuses on ordinary people who were engaged in activities marked by large distances and long silences.


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.


The AKP and Turkish Foreign Policy in the Middle East
April 2016

On 15 December 2015, the LSE Middle East Centre organised a workshop bringing together key experts on Turkish domestic and foreign policy.


The Syrian Refugee Crisis in Lebanon: State Fragility and Social Resilience 
Filippo Dionigi, February 2016

This report provides an account of the unfolding of the Syrian refugee crisis from the perspective of Lebanese political institutions.


Political Economy and Social Movement Theory Perspectives on the Tunisian and Egyptian Popular Uprisings in 2011
Joel Beinin, January 2016

This paper compares the role of workers before, during and after the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.

The State of Democracy in Turkey: Institutions, Society and Foreign Relations
December 2015
On 19-20 March 2015, the Middle East Centre and the Chair in Contemporary Turkish Studies organised a panel discussion and a workshop addressing the key questions which surround the future of democracy in Turkey, its institutions and attitudes. 

Book Review: Engineers of Jihad
by Youssef Chahine

Why do engineers, their nations’ brightest minds and the founding fathers of the Muslim world’s postcolonial states, become the grave diggers of their own creations? The link between Islamism and engineering is an urban legend that Diego Gambetta and Steffen Hertog contextualise in Engineers of Jihad


Migration Dynamics: The Flow of People and Ideas into the Gulf

On 12 January 2016, the LSE Middle East Centre and the UAE National Defense College co-hosted a workshop aimed at examining labour dynamics in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states. Some memos presented at the workshop were published on the MEC blog.


Chances of a Shia uprising against the Baghdad government are increasing
by Toby Dodge

Having recently returned from Iraq, Toby Dodge reflects on the profound crisis of the post-2003 political system. He questions whether the Iraqi state can survive and avoid a return to civil war.


Book Review: The Politics of International Intervention
by Zeynep Kaya

Mandy Turner and Florian P. Kuhn’s The Politics of International Intervention: The Tyranny of Peace (Routledge, 2016) is a brilliantly collated edited volume that brings together invaluable scholarly insights on intervention and peace.


Is there any hope left for Egypt’s revolutionaries?
by Yasmine Laveille

It is true that current times in Egypt do not encourage optimism. However, with the first signs of the coming end of the current era, could we catch a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel?


Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: A turning point?

Lebanon hosts the highest number of Syrian refugees relative to its local population. This poses many challenges to a state known for its fragility and instability. UNHCR Representative to Lebanon Mireille Girard discusses the impact of the Syrian crisis on Lebanon and the responses of international and local institutions.

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Wars of the Wombs: struggles over abortion policies in Israel

Rebecca Steinfeld presents her paper looking at the historical and contemporary struggles that have led to the gap between the restrictions on, and availability of, abortion in Israel.

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Alternative Universalisms? Contemporary Turkish discourses on culture in International Relations

Katerina Dalacoura draws on the findings of her current research project in an attempt to move beyond debates in present-day Turkey on the role of culture and civilisation in world politics and the relationship between Islam and modernity, in order to shed light on the ideas of individual thinkers and intellectual trends.

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The Notion of Salafiyya: between Saudi Arabia and Turkey

Despite its large presence in Arabic political and religious discourse today, Salafism is finding its way from Arabic and the Saudi sphere into Turkey and the Turkish language, which had been the last bastion against its ideological spread. Andrew Hammond explores how this happened and what the consequences are.


The Syrian Refugee Crisis and the Challenge to the Arab State

Filippo Dionigi discusses how states such as Lebanon and Jordan have coped with the challenges of mass displacement within their borders. He poses questions and advances hypotheses on the current and future implications of forced mass displacement in the Middle East for states in the region.

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