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LSE Middle East Centre

The LSE Middle East Centre builds on LSE’s long engagement with the Middle East and North Africa and provides a central hub for the wide range of research on the region carried out at LSE.

The Middle East Centre works to enhance understanding and develop rigorous research on the societies, economies, politics and international relations of the region. The Centre promotes both specialized knowledge and public understanding and has outstanding strengths in interdisciplinary research and in regional expertise. As one of the world’s leading social science institutions, LSE comprises departments covering all branches of the social sciences. The Middle East Centre harnesses this expertise to promote innovative multidisciplinary research and understanding of the region.

The Centre hosts over thirty research projects on diverse themes applied widely across the Middle East and North Africa. Findings from these, and from other leading scholarly work, are disseminated through the Centre’s flagship paper publications and public events series. The Centre’s research benefits from strong partnerships on projects with numerous academic institutions in the region.

Our research


7th February 2022

This paper examines the wave of protests that occurred in Basra Governorate from 2018 to 2020. It explores the protests’ causes, the development of th...


3rd December 2021

Since Iraq’s first general elections in 2005, how have Iraqi political parties and organisations changed, especially those established and administere...


29th November 2021

This study examines access to justice for gender-based violence in the family and criminal law systems of federal Iraq. It finds that it remains near ...


2nd September 2021

Southeast Iraq has witnessed considerable protest violence in recent years. This research finds that altering these violent dynamics requires access t...


1st July 2021

Since 2003, frequent outbreaks of violence in Iraq have led to a heavily militarised local police force. In the post-ISIL period, there have been rene...


14th May 2021

This research addresses the reasons behind the failure of Basra’s local government in providing services to its citizens and analyses the impact of th...


23rd April 2021

This paper suggests that the upcoming elections in Iraq will not be game-changers, but merely support the extension of the current domination of polit...


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