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    Iran in Iraq: Hard and Soft Power Strategies under Sanctions and Public Censure

Iran in Iraq: Hard and Soft Power Strategies under Sanctions and Public Censure

by Jessica Watkins

The reinstatement of US sanctions on Iran last year within the Trump Administration’s ‘maximum pressure’ campaign has undoubtedly hit the Iranian economy hard. Amongst other markers, living costs in Iran are rising dramatically – in June, inflation rates stood at 50%; and the rial has lost almost 60% of its value against the US dollar on the unofficial market.

Judging […]

August 7th, 2019|Featured, Iran, Iraq|5 Comments|
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    Chinese Muslims in Dubai and the ‘Great Rejuvenation of the Chinese Nation’

Chinese Muslims in Dubai and the ‘Great Rejuvenation of the Chinese Nation’

by Yuting Wang

Earlier this month, Yuting Wang came to LSE to present her research on Chinese Muslims in Dubai. In a time of rising Chinese influence in the Gulf, and mass persecution of Muslims in China, this community is simultaneously precarious and of huge strategic importance to Beijing. This piece was originally published on the LSE Religion and Global Society blog.

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August 2nd, 2019|Featured, GCC, UAE|0 Comments|
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    Questioning Dominant Refugee Narratives and Research Methodologies

Questioning Dominant Refugee Narratives and Research Methodologies

by Yasmine Kherfi

This is the introduction to a series of memos presented as part of a conference organised by the LSE Middle East Centre on 7–8 March 2019, titled ‘Between Institutional Resilience to the Syrian Refugee Crisis and the Resilience of Syrian Refugees’.

The term ‘refugee crisis’ is often critiqued within the refugee discourse for being embedded within a larger crisis narrative in which […]

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    Counting Mass Atrocity: A Demographic Documentation of ISIS’s Attack on the Yazidi Village of Kocho

Counting Mass Atrocity: A Demographic Documentation of ISIS’s Attack on the Yazidi Village of Kocho

by Valeria Cetorelli & Sareta Ashraph

On 3 August 2014, the armed group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS), attacked the Yazidi community of Sinjar, in northwest Iraq. Within days of the attack, reports emerged of men and boys being executed; of women and girls, some as young as nine, being kidnapped, sold, sexually enslaved, beaten, and forced […]

Minorities, Displacement, and Citizenship in Northern Iraq

by Dylan O’Driscoll and Irene Costantini

Internal displacement has received growing attention as a significant phenomenon that demonstrates the protracted nature of contemporary conflict. In addition to being a consequence and a potential driver of conflict, internal displacement strongly affects the construct of the state, particularly with regards to citizenship. IDPs do not cross international borders and thus their citizenship […]

July 3rd, 2019|Featured, Iraq|0 Comments|

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