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London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE 

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Sandra Sfeir
+44 (0)20 7955 6198

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Chelsea Milsom
+44 (0)20 7955 7038

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Ribale Sleiman Haidar

+44(0)20 7955 6250




Anatomy of Authoritarianism in the Arab Republics

On Thursday 26 May, Joseph Sassoon launches his book 'Anatomy of Authoritarianism in the Arab Republics', examining the system of authoritarianism in eight Arab republics and portraying life under these regimes and explores the mechanisms underpinning their resilience. 


New Book
India and the Islamic Heartlands: An Eighteenth-Century World of Circulation and Exchange

LSE International History Department's Dr Gagan Sood has published his new book, which recaptures a vanished and forgotten world from the eighteenth century spanning much of today's Middle East and South Asia. It focuses on ordinary people who were engaged in activities marked by large distances and long silences.


'Better the Saudis we know' writes Steffen Hertog for the New York Times

As unpalatable as cooperation with the kingdom might be for some, cutting it adrift is worse. Whatever the resentments, neither side has a realistic alternative to the other — something President Obama has clearly had difficulty reconciling himself to.


Valeria Cetorelli talks to NPR about the baby boom in Zaatari Camp

'Conflict-induced violence and insecurity can reinforce individuals' perception of group identity, particularly with respect to reproduction',she says. 'Some women may feel compelled to compensate for the lives of relatives lost in the war.'


New Book
Popular Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East

Challenging top-down views of Middle Eastern politics, John Chalcraft looks at how commoners, subjects and citizens have long mobilised in defiance of authorities in the Middle East. 

Watch an interview with John Chalcraft about his new book.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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. 

Book Review: Engineers of Jihad
by Youssef Chahine

Why do engineers, their nations’ brightest minds and the founding fathers of the Muslim world’s postcolonial states, become the grave diggers of their own creations? The link between Islamism and engineering is an urban legend that Diego Gambetta and Steffen Hertog contextualise in Engineers of Jihad


Migration Dynamics: The Flow of People and Ideas into the Gulf

On 12 January 2016, the LSE Middle East Centre and the UAE National Defense College co-hosted a workshop aimed at examining labour dynamics in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states. Some memos presented at the workshop were published on the MEC blog.


Chances of a Shia uprising against the Baghdad government are increasing
by Toby Dodge

Having recently returned from Iraq, Toby Dodge reflects on the profound crisis of the post-2003 political system. He questions whether the Iraqi state can survive and avoid a return to civil war.


Book Review: The Politics of International Intervention
by Zeynep Kaya

Mandy Turner and Florian P. Kuhn’s The Politics of International Intervention: The Tyranny of Peace (Routledge, 2016) is a brilliantly collated edited volume that brings together invaluable scholarly insights on intervention and peace.


Is there any hope left for Egypt’s revolutionaries?
by Yasmine Laveille

It is true that current times in Egypt do not encourage optimism. However, with the first signs of the coming end of the current era, could we catch a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel?


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.


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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EU Foreign Policy in the Middle East and North Africa: Lobbying, networks and framing

Benedetta Voltolini presents her paper investigating lobbying and framing in EU foreign policy towards the Middle East and North Africa. By relying on social network analysis and the literature on policy entrepreneurship, Benedetta will show how non-state actors are involved in processes of framing and knowledge construction, how frames become collective and under what conditions framing processes take place.

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