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The Uprising of the Marginalised: A Socio-Economic Perspective of the Syrian Uprising
|Dr Shamel Azmeh, November 2014

This paper aims at examining the political and socio-economic compromise that underlined the rule of the Ba’th party in Syria for four decades and unpacking how a combination of internal and external shifts that started in the 1990s and intensified in the 2000s led to the erosion of this compromise, providing the background to the events that began in 2011. 


New Trends of Women's Activism after the Arab Uprisings: Redefining Women's Leadership|
Dr Aitemad Muhanna-Matar, November 2014

Given the complex context of division in women’s political participation in post-uprising countries, this paper focuses on how emerging young female leaders – ordinary educated women with no specific feminist consciousness or previous political involvement – succeeded in shaping a new form of women’s activism.


Syria-Iraq relations: State Construction and Deconstruction and the MENA States System
|Professor Raymond Hinnebusch, October 2014

This paper examines Syria-Iraq relations in order to explore wider issues of regional politics. It presents an overview of the historical stages in relations between the two countries since their formation, with the aim of using their changing relations as indicators of changes in both regional states and in the regional states system.


Trends in Contemporary Conscious Music in Iran
|Dr Malihe Maghazei, June 2014

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.


The Emerging Interventionists of the GCC|
Dr Karen Young, December 2013

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.


The Iraqi Constitution: Structural Flaws and Political Implications|
Professor Saad Jawad, November 2013

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.


Statebuilding and Gender in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq|
July 2014

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. 


The New Politics of Intervention of Gulf Arab States|
July 2014

This report is the outcome of a workshop held on Wednesday 26 March at the LSE Middle East Centre. Nine papers were presented, discussing the following issues: The use of complex realism in assessing Gulf foreign policy; State formation and militarisation; The role of the GCC: identity, cohesion, and foreign relations; Case studies: Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE; Gulf interventionist foreign policies.


Addressing the Demographic Imbalance in the Gulf States: Implications for Labour Markets, Migration, and National Identity|
June 2014

This report contains the proceedings from a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre and led by Dr Kristian Coates Ulrichsen which examined demography in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states. The event took place on 24 January 2014 under the Chatham House Rule and hosted six speakers from the Gulf and Europe who addressed the shifting dynamics of the study of demographic issues in the GCC states.


Inside Syria: 18 Months On|
October 2012

This report is the outcome of the conference 'Inside Syria: 18 Months On' organised on 20 September 2012 at LSE. The conference, featuring four panels and a keynote address from former Syrian National Council chairman and Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle Professor Burhan Ghalioun, explored the dynamics of the key  domestic forces influencing the struggle: the regime, the opposition, the economy and the Syrian people.


The Arab Thermidor: The Resurgence of the Security State|
February 2015

How should we understand the authoritarian resurgence in the aftermath of the Arab uprisings? In October 2014, the MEC and POMEPS organised a workshop to dig deeply into the causes, mechanisms, and drivers of 'The Arab Thermidor'. More than a dozen scholars looked at specific sectors such as the military, police and intelligence services, different countries, and the broader regional environment.


Labour Migrants and Access to Justice in Contemporary Qatar
November 2014

Qatar, despite its small size, is one of the primary destinations for the flow of transnational labour migrants in the region. This report examines migrants' access to justice in contemporary Qatar. Considering the problems transnational migrants in Qatar and other Gulf states face, this report makes a series of policy recommendations specific to the justice system and the institutions that comprise it.

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Transboundary Climate Security: Climate Vulnerability and Rural Livelihoods in the Jordan River Basin|
Dr Michael Mason and Dr Ziad Mimi, October 2014

This report presents the principal research findings of a collaborative project between LSE and Birzeit University, which investigated the climate-related vulnerabilities of agricultural communities living in areas with current or historically recent experience of military occupation – labelled ‘(post)occupation’ – within the Jordan River Basin.

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