Notes from the Field

  • Permalink Renad Mansour, Mudher Salih, Ramon Blecua and Christine van den Toorn at al-Bayan Center, Baghdad.Gallery

    The Conflict Research Programme–Iraq’s research trip to Baghdad and Ramadi, December 2018

The Conflict Research Programme–Iraq’s research trip to Baghdad and Ramadi, December 2018

by Toby Dodge

At the start of December 2018, the Conflict Research Programme–Iraq carried out an extended research trip to Baghdad and Ramadi. Toby Dodge and Zeynep Kaya from LSE and Renad Manour, Mac Skelton and Christine van den Toorn from the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani, all took part in the trip. The trip coincided with debates within the Iraqi […]

  • Permalink Graffiti on the Separation Wall near the 'Walled Off Hotel' in Bethlehem. Source: Tiziana LeoneGallery

    A Trip to the West Bank: Between Graffiti, Deprivation, Struggle and Resilience

A Trip to the West Bank: Between Graffiti, Deprivation, Struggle and Resilience

by Tiziana Leone

I have recently returned from the West Bank where we held a workshop on the use of multilevel modelling to analyse neighbourhood effects with Palestinian data. This was part of our collaboration research project with Birzeit University on deprivation in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). In addition to the workshop, we spent time finalising the quantitative analysis […]

Challenging Stereotypes: The Muslim Woman as Superhero

by Jennifer Jackson-Preece & Manmit Bhambra

Can superheroes tell us something important about changing attitudes towards young Muslim women?

For decades, ‘those heroes were almost always white, always male, because that’s how it was’. But recently, ‘there has been an explosion of diversity’ in the superhero universe. Global comic brands like Marvel and DC have begun to ‘integrate and prominently feature […]

  • Permalink US President Donald Trump meets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel. Source: Amos Ben Gershom GPO, FlickrGallery

    Israelis look to the Arabian Gulf to do business (and more…) with their enemies’ enemies…

Israelis look to the Arabian Gulf to do business (and more…) with their enemies’ enemies…

by Ian Black

Lurid posters praising Donald Trump are still on display in Jerusalem – thanking the president for moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the city’s Talpiot neighbourhood. The building that used to be the American consulate is close to the old ‘green line’ border that separated Israel from the Jordanian West Bank until the 1967 war. […]

Al-Jazeera Under Siege

by Jessica Watkins

I have recently returned from a research trip to Doha. I can’t say how the current mood compares to how things were before the Saudi-led blockade against it began last summer because this was my first visit there, but on balance, it seemed more resolute than broken.

My trip coincided with a piece in The Guardian by Tim […]

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