Welcome to LSE’s Middle East Centre blog. The purpose of the blog is to offer original, cutting-edge social science research and compelling historical reflection on events and issues affecting the Middle East and North Africa.
There are lots of excellent blogs about the Middle East. We are not a 24-hour news network, nor a Lebanese politics watcher with a penchant for hookah-smoking cows, nor a former member of the US national security council with insights on Iran and the Gulf. But we are in a good position to serve as a nexus between Middle East researchers on-the-ground, deep in declassfied archives and on our campus giving lectures.
While contributors will usually have a link to the LSE community in some way — through teaching or researching here, or being an LSE student or alumni — we also welcome outside contributors where space permits, especially those who are or have recently been in the region. We are particularly interested in bringing new and unique primary source material to light.
There are more details here about how to submit and what we are looking for and who to contact if you have any questions or comments. Please bear with us over the next couple of weeks as we hammer out technical and aesthetic issues. With that, welcome to our blog!