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Middle East Centre Papers Series

The MEC has recently launched its Paper Series through which original research by centre staff and fellows will be published. Here is a list of current and forthcoming papers.

Published Papers


The Iraqi Constitution: Structural Flaws and Political Implications|
Professor Saad Jawad

This paper examines the political implications and impact of the 2005 Iraqi constitution by providing an analysis of Iraq’s constitutional history as well as a study of the process that culminated in the drafting of the new constitution.


The Emerging Interventionists of the GCC|
Dr Karen Young

In a dramatic change of foreign policy, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have emerged as activist states in their interest and willingness to intervene both militarily and financially in the politics of neighbouring Arab states. We can trace this policy shift through the simultaneous yet separate evolution of domestic, regional and international politics. The result is a moment of financial and military interventionism unprecedented in Arab Gulf politics.


Trends in Contemporary Conscious Music in Iran|
Dr Malihe Maghazei

This paper studies the growing trends in conscious music in Iran, which emerged in the 1990s. It provides a brief historical overview of changes in conscious music in Iran since the Constitutional Revolution of 1905. This music, which is part of a broader intellectual and artistic wave, represents the needs and views of a diverse young population as well as society as a whole.


Forthcoming Papers

Climate Change in the Jordan River Basin
Dr Michael Mason

This paper presents the findings of the research project led by Dr Mason in collaboration with Birzeit University, addressing climate vulnerable rural communities within the national territories of the watershed of the Jordan River (Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory) which is perhaps the most physically and polically stressed river basin in the world, critically applying a human security approach. The aim of the research is to develop improved policy responses for climate risk management within the Jordan River Basin through a better understanding of the linkages between climate change, adaptation and human security.

New Trends of Women's Activism during and after the Arab Uprisings
Dr Aitemad Muhanna-Matar

Based on a research project funded by Oxfam GB and led by Dr Muhanna-Matar, this paper analyses and presents findings based on five empirical country studies conducted in Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Yemen and the occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt). 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 and restrategising women's activism and empowerment and its effect on social and gender transformation in Arab Countries.