Research

Rethinking Transnational Solidarities

By Nour Abu-Assab and Nof Nasser-Eddin
This blog and others in the series are based on presentations during a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre on 26 February 2019.

Often, in mainstream institutions, similar to the LSE and many other universities in the Global North, voices from the margin and the Global South are only allowed to be vocalised in ways […]

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    As MENA States Grow Increasingly Repressive, Businesses Should Lead Reform

As MENA States Grow Increasingly Repressive, Businesses Should Lead Reform

by Ramy Abdu

Nine years after the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ protests swept the Middle East and North Africa, with mostly young people calling for the end of autocracy and respect for their human rights, civil and human rights are more at risk than ever. Governments across the region engage in vicious, factional wars for control (Syria, Yemen, Libya); are more […]

August 27th, 2019|Featured, Research|0 Comments|
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    Basra’s Political Marketplace: Understanding Government Failure after the Protests

Basra’s Political Marketplace: Understanding Government Failure after the Protests

by Zmkan Ali Saleem & Mac Skelton

The following article was originally published as a policy brief of the Institute of Regional & International Studies (IRIS) and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Syria/Iraq Office. Click here to view the full brief.

Introduction

To date, the policy discussion on Basra has revolved around whether or not the newly appointed central government under Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi’s leadership […]

April 29th, 2019|Featured, Iraq, Research|1 Comment|
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    The Missing Masculinity in the Discourse of International Humanitarian Aid to Displaced Syrian Refugees

The Missing Masculinity in the Discourse of International Humanitarian Aid to Displaced Syrian Refugees

by Aitemad Muhanna-Matar

Since the early 1990s, the concept of masculinity has been given more attention by the international humanitarian community, in response to the increasing vulnerability and victimisation of men by war, militarised conflict and displacement in different parts of the world. Yet, the resulting marginalised and victimised masculinities caused by war and displacement are still presented in the […]

‘Want-Avoid’: Rentier Mentality in Perspective

by Geoffrey Martin
 

One of the most serious challenges for Kuwait’s ‘Vision 2035’ series of economic reforms is the transformation of its oil dependent economy to a more dynamic private sector-led one. In the current system, public and private companies run on monopolies, subsidies, and a general lack of competition. Very rarely are employees in white collar jobs – national or […]

January 21st, 2019|GCC, Research|0 Comments|

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