Past Events Podcasts

Lectures, Interviews & Book Launches

LSE hosts a wide and varied range of Middle East events, including public lectures, seminars, book launches and conferences. Events are open to the public and are free of charge, unless otherwise stated. 

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Most of our events are recorded and available on SoundCloud and iTunes. Browse our past events by year below. 

Past Events


Industrial Policy in Turkey: Rise, Retreat and Return (Book Launch)

Monday 20 May | 16:00 - 17:00 BST | William Hale, SOAS; Mustafa Kutlay, City, University of London; Mina Toksoz, Author and International Economist

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Co-organised with LSE IDEAS

13 Years After the Arab Spring: What are the Chances for Legitimate Constitutions in the Arab World?

Monday 25 March | 17:15 - 18:30 GMT | Nathan J. Brown, Georgetown University; Tamara Khoury, IE University; Azza Kamel Maghur, Lawyer and Human Rights Activist

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Navigating the Crisis: Yemen 10 Years On

Wednesday 13 March | 17:00 - 18:00 GMT | Ahmed Al Khameri, Chemonics; Marwa Baabbad, Yemen Policy Centre; Andreas Krieg, KCL

Listen to the recording on SoundCloud

Co-organised with the Comparative Politics and Comparative Political Economy Seminar Series, Department of Government, LSE

Conquests and Rents: A Political Economy of Dictatorship and Violence in Muslim Societies (Webinar)

Tuesday 12 March | 16:00 - 17:00 GMT | Faisal Z. Ahmed, Wellesley College 

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Co-organised with LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies

The Civil War in Syria: Prospects for Peace and the Role of External Actors

Thursday 7 March | 17:30 - 19:00 GMT | Soli Özel, Istanbul Kadir Has University; Selin Nasi & Rim Turkmani, LSE

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Iranian Kurdistan Since 1979 Workshop, Wednesday 6 March 2024

This workshop brought together scholars from across disciplines to explore contemporary Iranian or ‘Rojhelati’ Kurdistan.

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Co-organised with the LSE Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa 

Political Elites, Civil Society and the Future of Sudan

Tuesday 5 March | 18:00 - 19:30 GMT | Mai Hassan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Kholood Khair, Confluence Advisory

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Social Media Influencing in the City of Likes: Dubai and the Postdigital Condition

Tuesday 27 February | 18:00 - 19:00 GMT | Zoe Hurley, Zayed University; Tariq Elyas, King Abdulaziz University; Sarah Hopkyns, University of St Andrews

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As part of the Società Italiana di Studi sul Medio Oriente (SeSaMO) event series

Women in Academia & Research: Perspectives from Iran, Saudi Arabia & Kuwait (Webinar)

Tuesday 20 February | 16:00 - 17:00 GMT | Bibi Alajmi, Kuwait University; Hanaa Almoaibed, LSE Middle East Centre; Anahita Motazed Rad, Department of International Relations, LSE

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In partnership with Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU)

Gender, Technology, and Digital Cultures in the Middle East, 18-19 February, 2024

The Middle Eastern Studies Department at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), in partnership with the LSE Middle East Center, is organizing the second edition of its two-day conference in Doha, Qatar. 

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Translating the Language of the Syrian Revolution

Tuesday 13 February | 18:00 - 19:00 GMT | Eylaf Bader Eddin, Forum Transregionale Studien

Listen to the recording on SoundCloud

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Co-organised with the LSE Department of Geography and Environment

The Labor of Hope: Meritocracy and Precarity in Egypt

Wednesday 7 February | 18:30 - 20:00 GMT | Harry Pettit, Radboud University Nijmegen; Salwa Ismail, SOAS; Jo Littler, Goldsmiths, University of London; Tatiana Thieme, UCL


Dismantling Green Colonialism: Energy and Climate Justice in the Arab Region

Thursday 23 November | 18:00 - 19:00 GMT | Hamza Hamouchene & Katie Sandwell, Transnational Institute

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The Soil and The Sea (Film Screening and Q&A)

Tuesday 14 November | 18:00 - 20:00 GMT | Daniele Rugo, Director & Carmen Hassoun Abou Jaoudé, Producer


The Revolution of 1936–1939 in Palestine

Thursday 9 November | 18:00 - 19:30 GMT | Hazem Jamjoum, New York University; Bashir Abu-Manneh, University of Kent

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Broken Bonds: The Existential Crisis of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, 2013–22

Tuesday 24 October | 18:00 - 19:00 BST | Abdelrahman Ayyash, Century International; Amr ElAfifi, Freedom Initiative

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