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Reassembling the Spatial: Place-and-World Making as Social Movement Practice in Jordan and Palestine

On Tuesday 26 April, Christopher Parker draws on evidence from Jordan and Palestine to situate social movements within place-and-world making (and deeply intertwined) projects of colonialism and commodification. He suggests how they mobilise elements of the material world to establish alternative relations of power, economy and significance, and counter-geographies of possibility. 


'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.'


Professor Toby Dodge appointed to the Atlantic Council's Future of Iraq Task Force

The Task Force aims to identify ways to support the Iraqis in stabilising their state, reconciling their warring communities, and building the basis for long term stability in the country. As part of the Task Force, Professor Dodge visited Baghdad and Najaf in March.


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. 

Lebanon – Electing a president will not solve our ills
by Sami Atallah

The election of a president may offer a sense of normalcy but at the end of the day, all of us will be worse off, as our livelihoods and problems become aggravated, while those in power feel neither obligated nor responsible to address them, let alone accountable to us, writes Sami Atallah on the recent nomination of Michel Aoun for presidency by Samir Geagea.


Yemen’s Shifting Alliances: The Triumph of Pragmatism
by Eleonora Ardemagni

In Yemen, alliances are primarily driven by pragmatic interests of power politics, rather than ideological convergences: the enduring multi-layered conflict has enhanced this trend.


Five Years after the Uprising: Youth in Egypt are using the internet for escapism, not political participation
by Heba Elsayed

The question should not only be how (or if) the media facilitated the immediate moment of revolutionary change, but instead, what is the longer-term impact of new media in helping young Egyptians make sense of their turbulent, confusing and constantly changing post-uprising reality?


Did Turkey’s parties care about the Gezi Protests?
by Jonas Bergan Draege

Jonas Bergan Draege assesses the extent to which the Turkey's political parties responded to the Geizi protests. The analysis indicates that the three opposition parties all gave attention to the movement, but seemed to do so more to amplify their established positions.


Hezbollah’s Empty Seat at the Syria Peace Talks in Vienna
by Adam Weinstein

Adam Weinstein questions why  mention of Hezbollah is noticeably missing from most official statements on all sides of the Syria talks, yet it may be the crux of the debate. 


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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