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International Statebuilding and Gender in the Middle East Conference

30 March 2015, New Academic Building, LSE 

Despite the active involvement of foreign governments and international agencies in statebuilding  in the Middle East, the need to analyse and assess their impact on gender relations in this region remains inadequately addressed. International statebuilding is justified on the grounds of generating or maintaining peace, political stability and democracy, yet its outcomes have not always been along those lines.  This full-day conference aims to look at the impact of the relationship between international, national and local actors on the level of incorporation of gender in the processes of statebuilding in the Middle East. 

University of Pennsylvania's  Professor Brendan O'Leary will open the conference with a keynote speech followed by six panel discussions. Professor Nadje Al-Ali will close the conference with a talk on 'Gendering Statebuilding in the Middle East: A Transnational Feminist Perspective'.

Download the full conference programme|

Event Details

Date:   Monday 30 March 2015
Time: 08.30 - 18.30
Location: Lower Ground Floor, New Academic Building, LSE|
Attendance: This event is free and open to all, however registration is necessary. Please register using our online booking system.| Lunch and refreshments will be provided free of charge.

Keynote Speakers


Brendan O'Leary| is Lauder Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania.  Before coming to Penn, O'Leary was on the faculty of the London School of Economics and Political Science between 1983 and 2003, where he had been Professor of Political Science, head of its Government Department, and an elected Academic Governor. Between 2012 and 2014 he is also Professor of Political Science at Queen's University Belfast. 



Nadje Al-Ali| is Professor of Gender Studies at SOAS, University of London. Her research interests include Women & gender in the Middle East; women’s movements and feminism in Middle East; secularism and Islamism; and impact of sanctions, war and occupation on Iraqi women, Iraq.