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Publications and Activities - Oct 2021
Publications and Activities - Oct 2021 18th Oct 2021

Our Fellows have produced a large number of articles over the past few months and here are some highlights.

Simon Mabon

‘Afterword: sectarianisation beyond the Middle East’, Religion, State and Soc...

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Reflections on the Palestinian Identity
Reflections on the Palestinian Identity 21st Jun 2021

For the first time since I was seven years old I felt again this sense of shared Palestinian identity. On the 18th of May 2021, Palestinians –- regardless of their attributed status as given to them by Israel – i.e. the West Bank, the Gaza Str...

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Prospects of Revolution in the Middle East: A Question of Resources
Prospects of Revolution in the Middle East: A Question of Resources 20th Jun 2021

This essay is part of a SEPAD report reflecting on the Middle East in 2050.


Revolutions are not predictable events. They do not follow a formula, nor a linear process in which anger culminates into a large scale uprisin...

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Security provision and external actors in Iraq – insights from a recent survey
Security provision and external actors in Iraq – insights from a recent survey 20th Jun 2021

This essay is part of a SEPAD report reflecting on the Middle East in 2050.


The Iraqi government faces substantial economic, political and security related challenges which intersect with Iraq’s complex relations to i...

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Emerging Challenges by 2050: Iran’s International Relations
Emerging Challenges by 2050: Iran’s International Relations 17th Jun 2021

This essay is part of a SEPAD report reflecting on the Middle East in 2050.

As an aspiring strong middle power in the Persian Gulf region, Iran is faced with three alternatives to face the international challenges that impa...

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Geopolitics: What’s ‘New’ about ‘the New Middle East’?
Geopolitics: What’s ‘New’ about ‘the New Middle East’? 16th Jun 2021

This essay is part of a SEPAD report reflecting on the Middle East in 2050.

The late Fred Halliday, Professor of the International Relations of the Middle East at the LSE, remarked in 2005 that, “Everyone can remember one or two,...

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Is Power-Sharing Dead?  Some Suggestions for the Way Forward
Is Power-Sharing Dead? Some Suggestions for the Way Forward 14th Jun 2021

This essay is part of a SEPAD report reflecting on the Middle East in 2050

Power-sharing has become a key instrument of constitutional designers to cease violent conflict. Beginning with Lebanon’s Ta’if Agreement in 198...

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Managing the legacy of ISIS in Iraq and Syria
Managing the legacy of ISIS in Iraq and Syria 10th Jun 2021

This essay is part of a SEPAD report reflecting on the Middle East in 2050.

Despite the triumphalism of former US President Donald Trump and former Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, ISIS has not been comprehensively defeated in...

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What Divides People and Makes them Angry?
What Divides People and Makes them Angry? 9th Jun 2021

This essay is part of a SEPAD report reflecting on the Middle East in 2050.


Drugs in the MENA: an unexplored force shaping anger, divisions and discontent

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) ...

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