Analysis & Opinion

Connecting Conflict-Related Displacement with WPS

by Zeynep Kaya

The Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda has great transformative potential, and puts the gendered impacts of conflict at the centre of discussions and actions on conflict. It calls for including women affected by, or part of, conflicts in peacebuilding and conflict-resolution processes, ensuring the protection of their rights and provisions for their specific needs. Despite this, […]

  • Permalink Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi meets with his cabinet on 8 January 2019, where some posts remain unfilled. Source: Press Office of the Prime MinisterGallery

    Delays to Iraq’s 2019 Budget reflect growing political deadlock

Delays to Iraq’s 2019 Budget reflect growing political deadlock

by Ali Al-Mawlawi

As Iraq enters a new fiscal year, the proposed 2019 federal budget remains stuck in parliament with few signs that a deal will be reached soon. The delay in passing the budget is symptomatic of the growing political intransigence that is most acutely exhibited in parliament. Twelve weeks after assuming office, Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi’s cabinet is […]

  • Permalink Tunis City Hall in August 2011, with a sticker in support of the upcoming elections. Source, Amine Ghrabi, FlickrGallery

    Can Tunisia’s Experiment Spur Democracy in the Region? It Depends on the Economy

Can Tunisia’s Experiment Spur Democracy in the Region? It Depends on the Economy

by A. Kadir Yildirim and Abdullah Aydogan

As Tunisia is roiled in cabinet shuffle debates and an underperforming economy, a bigger question looms over the region. Can the success of democratisation in Tunisia influence Arab public support for democracy, and possibly lead to the same process elsewhere? The idea of democratic diffusion lies at the centre of debates on how […]

  • Permalink Al Kout Mall in Kuwait. Source: Stephan Geyer, FlickrGallery

    Monolithic Representations of ‘Arabness’: From the Arab Nationalists to the Arab Gulf

Monolithic Representations of ‘Arabness’: From the Arab Nationalists to the Arab Gulf

by Rana AlMutawa
This is part of a series of memos presented as part of a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre on 5 October 2018, looking at national identity and the Emirati state.

Many of the pre-oil Ajami, Baloch, East African and Indian influences on the local cultures in the Gulf have become part of everyday life. For hundreds of years, the Gulf has had […]

State Building, State Branding and Heritage in the UAE

by Rima Sabban
This is part of a series of memos presented as part of a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre on 5 October 2018, looking at national identity and the Emirati state.

Since their relatively recent inception, state discourse across the Gulf has been framed around the mantra of ‘the protection of the past while moving forward’. Heritage has been an essential component […]

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