Reports from the Ground

A New Vision for Kuwait

by Sophie Olver-Ellis

Looking back over the last five decades, the socio-economic advancement and political legitimacy of the ruling elite in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states have been fundamentally rooted in the oil-based development model. As the region’s oil wealth has historically been vast, the ruling elites adopted a social contract which offered free healthcare, education and guaranteed lifelong public […]

Reflections from the Republic

Tweet by Sara Masry Sara Masry moved to Tehran this September to pursue her Master’s degree in Iranian studies. After a couple of months there, she reflects on her experience in her new host country and on the social, cultural and political relations of the region. The Middle East has long been undergoing a period in which inter-governmental relations are […]

Ahmad: Narrative of a Tunisian Salafist

Tweet An Exploratory View of a Field Visit to Study Salafist Youth in Tunisia Dr Aitemad Muhanna-Matar, Research Fellow at the MEC, is currently leading on a research project looking at salafist youth in Tunisia. Below is the story of Ahmad, a 30-year-old construction engineer. Ahmad is also a salafist preacher, well known in his hometown of Sfax. Aitemad met […]

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    Institutional Restructuring, Social Change and Gender in Iraqi Kurdistan: Notes from the Field

Institutional Restructuring, Social Change and Gender in Iraqi Kurdistan: Notes from the Field

Tweet Dr Deniz Gökalp, who is currently leading a research project on the role of international actors in enhancing women’s rights in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, has recently returned from her fieldwork in Erbil and Sulaimaniyah. Here are her notes from the field. Having visited Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, for a short 4-day long […]

Initial reflections from a research trip to the Kurdistan region of Iraq

Tweet Dr Zeynep Kaya, who is currently leading a research project on the role of international actors in enhancing women’s rights in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, has recently returned from her fieldwork in Erbil and Sulaimaniyah. She gives here her first impressions on her research trip. As part of the project, the MEC will be heading to Erbil next […]

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