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Toby Dodge joins the Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore as Visiting Academic


MEC Director Toby Dodge will be based at the Middle East Institute (MEI), National University of Singapore for the Summer. During his visit, he will lead on a research project titled ‘Understanding the Iraqi State over the Longue Durée: Ideational, Institutional and Coercive Paths to State Building’. Toby's visit is part of LSE's long running academic partnership with the National University of Singapore, and with a vision to build stronger links between the MEI and the MEC.

 
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Robert Lowe contributes to new ISPI Kurdistan: An Invisible Nation report


Robert Lowe's new paper 'Kurdistan: The Eternal Dilemma of the West' has been published as part of the ISPI report Kurdistan: An Invisible Nation edited by Stefano M. Torelli. The report aims to answer questions on the role played by the Kurds and their future in the region. 

 
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Cristina Moreno Almeida receives British Academy Fellowship


We are pleased to announce that Cristina Moreno Almeida has been awarded the 2015/16 British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship. Cristina will research the role of new media and social media in a neo-liberal authoritarian regime, looking at the case of Morocco.

 
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Dr Roham Alvandi for The Guardian, Tehran Bureau


In 'The Lure of Conspiracy Theories in Iranian Politics', Roham Alvandi and Christian Emery (University of Plymouth) questions if documents support the claim from BBC Persian that the United States helped Ayatollah Khomeini gain power in 1979.

 
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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.

 
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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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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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. 
 
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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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Is the UAE’s fear of the Muslim Brotherhood driving its Yemen strategy? by Courtney Freer


 Last Thursday, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Shaykh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan shocked many with his announcement over Twitter that the ‘war is over’ for Emirati troops in Yemen, apparently quoting Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash... read the full article

 
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Functional Literacy as an Alternative to Bureaucratic Regulation of the Media in Kuwait by Mariam Alkazemi
In the Kuwaiti register Alkuwayt Alyom, Ministerial Decree 80 of 2016 was published on 29 May, prohibiting printed or broadcast advertisements that promote the sale of food and nutritional materials... read the full article
 
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The Triage Configuration of the Syrian Identity by Leena Zahra


What can you do when you don’t visibly see the symptoms? Or when you cannot hear the painful calling for care? I recently visited three refugee camps in Greece to carry out translations for the NGO Syrian American Medical Society... read the full article

 
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Bad guests? On the role of house visits in aid delivery in urban Jordan by Ann-Christin Wagner


When I meet Abu Eisa, a well-established cook, he is busy preparing meals for poor Syrians for the first iftar of Ramadan. His hometown, Mafraq, a Jordanian border town close to Zaatari camp, is among the cities most affected by the influx of Syrian refugees... read the full article

 
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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.

 
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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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