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Law & Revolution: Legitimacy and Constitutionalism After the Arab Spring

A public lecture delivered by Dr Nimer Sultany (School of Law, SOAS) at the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, King's College London on 30 January 2018. What is the effect of revolutions on legal systems? What role do constitutions play in legitimating regimes? How do constitutions and revolutions converge or clash? This talk address these and other constitutional questions about the Arab Uprisings by drawing on the findings in the speaker's recently published book. The book, Law and...


John Lyndon: The Age of Netanyahu: Leadership, Power and Paradox in Modern Israel & Palestine

A recording of a public lecture given by John Lyndon at the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, King's College London on 24 November 2017. John Lyndon was speaking at this event in his personal capacity and not as a representative of OneVoice Europe. Abstract: An entire political epoch has passed since Benjamin Netanyahu took control of Israel’s Likud Party in 1993, before first becoming Prime Minister in 1996. If Prime Minister Netanyahu completes his current term in office, he will...


Women’s Political and Economic Empowerment in the MENA

Activists discuss how the pervasive issue of gender inequality manifests itself in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). This podcast was recorded in connection with a joint event organised by the British Council and the King's College London Department of Middle Eastern Studies on 7 March 2017, and is chaired by Gillian Cowell, Head of Gender and Inclusion at the British Council. It features Hajer Sharief (Co-founder, Together We Build It), Sussan Tahmasebi (Director of the MENA/Asia...


Dr Adeel Malik (Oxford) - Understanding the Political Economy of Violence in the Middle East

This lecture seeks to develop a broader political economy narrative on violence in the Middle East. Using the recent ISIS-related violence in the Levant as a hook, I probe the deep political and economic factors underpinning violence in the region. Recent violence does not easily lend itself to empirical evidence. Beyond popular representations in the media, the social scientist has little knowledge of real actors on the ground, their control over means of violence and access to the supply...


Dr John Chalcraft (LSE) - Understanding Protest Environments beyond Opportunity and Threat

A public lecture by Dr John Chalcraft (LSE), hosted by the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at King's College London in February 2017. This lecture aims to develop conceptual understandings of the relationship between mobilization and the political environment. It presents an alternative to conventional social movement theorizing on political opportunity. A political extension of Gramsci’s writings on hegemony provides the conceptual framework. Research on movements in the Middle East...


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