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King's College London Middle East & North Africa Podcast

King's College London Department of Middle Eastern Studies

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King's College London Middle East & North Africa Podcast

King's College London Middle East & North Africa Podcast

King's College London Department of Middle Eastern Studies

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Established in September 2018, the Institute of Middle Eastern Studies draws together staff and students from across King’s College London working on the Middle East and North Africa.Based in a dozen departments, its over 30 faculty members produce world-class research on every country in the region. They are routinely asked by policy makers, civil society groups and media outlets both in the UK and elsewhere to provide expert analysis on events and developments in this important part of the world.www.kcl.ac.uk/imeshttp://fb.me/KingsMiddleEasternStudiestwitter.com/KingsMiddleEast

Latest Episodes

Book Launch: The Rise of Hybrid Political Islam in Turkey

This book launch highlighted the economic, social and political rise of the Justice and Development Party (JDP) as well as its political resilience over the last sixteen years. Speaker - Sevinc Bermek Sevinc is a visiting research fellow at the Institute of Middle Eastern Studies and a teaching fellow at the department of International Development at King’s College London. She is also part-time teaching fellow at the department of Government at London School of Economics. She completed her PhD in political and social studies at the University of Warwick in 2013

70 min2019 DEC 6
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Book Launch: The Rise of Hybrid Political Islam in Turkey

British Society For Middle East Studies Annual Lecture: The Corporeal Life of Commerce at Sea

Professor Laleh Khalili reflects on the lives and bodies of modern seafarers in the western Indian Ocean.

107 min2019 NOV 20
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British Society For Middle East Studies Annual Lecture: The Corporeal Life of Commerce at Sea

Book Launch: Surrogate Warfare in the Middle East

This panel examines the consequences of surrogate warfare for local conflicts in the Middle East, looking at how Iran, Arab Gulf states and the United States externalize the burden of conflicts to surrogates. What drives surrogate warfare in the region, what can patrons really achieve and what are the long-term effects trained, equipped and empowered in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and elsewhere? Speakers: Dr. Andreas Krieg is an assistant professor at the School of Security at King’s College London currently seconded to the Royal College of Defence Studies. In his research Andreas has combined his regional expertise of the Middle East with the wider field of Security Studies. He has looked at violent non-state actors and unconventional means of warfare in the twenty-first century. As an expert for Middle East security more generally and Gulf security in particular, Andreas has employed his regional and subject-related expertise providing strategic and operational risk consultancy to ...

101 min2019 NOV 16
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Book Launch: Surrogate Warfare in the Middle East

The Linguistic Landscape of Arabic in Israel: Hybridity and the Nation-State

Listen to Dr Camelia Suleiman discuss how the Arabic language became a site of struggle over legitimacy, silencing and exclusion of the Palestinian citizens of Israel who constitute roughly 20% of Israel’s population.

49 min2019 NOV 14
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The Linguistic Landscape of Arabic in Israel: Hybridity and the Nation-State

The Media, Politics And Dissent In North Africa Since The Arab Spring

This is a recording of the IMES Inaugural Conference titled 'The Media, Politics and Dissent in North Africa Since the Arab Spring' which took place on 25 September 2019. 00:00 Introductions: Fatima El-Issawi and Jonathan Hill 13:30 Panel #1: The media and authoritarian resilience Chair: Jonathan Hill Speakers: (1) Francesco Cavatorta; (2) Kjetil Selvick; (3) Hendrick Kraetzschmar. 1:23:45 Panel #2: The media and political accountability since the Arab Spring Chair: Dina Mattar Speakers: (1) Roxane Farmanfarmaian; (2) Boubaker Jamaei; (3) Fatima el-Issawi. 2:50:50 Panel #3: New medias, new dissent? Chair: Charis Boutieri Speakers: (1) Christina Moreno-Almeida; (2) Chaima Bouhel; (3) Omar Radi. 4:24:20 Closing address: Omar Belhouchet

347 min2019 OCT 2
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The Media, Politics And Dissent In North Africa Since The Arab Spring

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 Revolution: Legitimacy and Constitutionalism After the Arab Spring (Oxford University Press, 2017), urges a rethinking of major categories in political, legal, and constitutional theory in light of the Arab Spring. It offers a novel and comprehensive examination of the constitutional order that preceded and followed the Arab Spring in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Morocco, Jordan, Algeria, Oman, and Bahrain. It also provides the first thorough discussion of the trials of former regime officials in Egypt and...

91 min2018 JAN 31
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Law & Revolution: Legitimacy and Constitutionalism After the Arab Spring

Reflections on the Tunisian Revolution and its Aftermath

"Neoliberal Development, Protests and Mobilizations Between the Urban and Rural: Reflections on the Tunisian Revolution and its Aftermath" A public lecture delivered by Prof. Sami Zemni (Ghent University) at the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, King's College London on 7 November 2017. This presentation engages in the debate on urban contentious politics by returning to the Tunisian revolution. I reflect on how movements, provoked by neoliberal restructurings, emerged, and show how these ultimately came together to form a mass movement demanding radical political change. By analyzing the socio-spatial roots of the Tunisian revolution and by sketching the classes, social groups and movements that coalesced against authoritarian rule in early 2011, I will argue that new urban social movements have deployed new strategies of action, repertoires of contention, created new networks of solidarity and activism and how, in the end, new forms of collective mobilization and claim making ...

99 min2017 NOV 10
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Reflections on the Tunisian Revolution and its Aftermath

When Islamists Lose: The Politicization of Tunisia's al-Nahda

In this talk delivered at King's on 10 October 2017, Dr Rory McCarthy (University of Oxford) asks how competitive electoral contests have transformed an Islamist movement by looking at the internal debates and struggles that have shaped Tunisia’s al-Nahda since 2011. Drawing on a year’s fieldwork in a Nahdawi community in the provincial city of Sousse, he argues that Islamist politicization during a transition dislocates the relationship between political ambitions and the religious social movement. He identifies three specific points of tension, over ideology, political strategy, and organization, which triggered sharp differences among al-Nahda activists. DR RORY MCCARTHY is a Fellow by Examination (Junior Research Fellow) in Oriental Studies at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he works on social movements, contentious politics, and Islamism in the Middle East and North Africa. He wrote his doctorate on the evolution of the Islamist movement Ennahda in one Tunisian city, and is n...

80 min2017 OCT 12
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When Islamists Lose: The Politicization of Tunisia's al-Nahda

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 region program, ICAN) and Reem Wael (Gender Consultant)

32 min2017 MAR 14
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Women’s Political and Economic Empowerment in the MENA

Understanding the Political Economy of Violence in the Middle East

A public lecture delivered by Dr Adeel Malik (University of Oxford) at the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, King's College London. 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 chain of war. In light of this, I make four key propositions and situate them in the political economy analysis of violence. First, violence is not just a random or spontaneous generation: it is linked with the rational logic of power and formal state structures. Second, violence directly emerges from a power vacuum generated by ill-advised foreign interventions. ...

69 min2017 MAR 1
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Understanding the Political Economy of Violence in the Middle East

Latest Episodes

Book Launch: The Rise of Hybrid Political Islam in Turkey

This book launch highlighted the economic, social and political rise of the Justice and Development Party (JDP) as well as its political resilience over the last sixteen years. Speaker - Sevinc Bermek Sevinc is a visiting research fellow at the Institute of Middle Eastern Studies and a teaching fellow at the department of International Development at King’s College London. She is also part-time teaching fellow at the department of Government at London School of Economics. She completed her PhD in political and social studies at the University of Warwick in 2013

70 min2019 DEC 6
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Book Launch: The Rise of Hybrid Political Islam in Turkey

British Society For Middle East Studies Annual Lecture: The Corporeal Life of Commerce at Sea

Professor Laleh Khalili reflects on the lives and bodies of modern seafarers in the western Indian Ocean.

107 min2019 NOV 20
Comments
British Society For Middle East Studies Annual Lecture: The Corporeal Life of Commerce at Sea

Book Launch: Surrogate Warfare in the Middle East

This panel examines the consequences of surrogate warfare for local conflicts in the Middle East, looking at how Iran, Arab Gulf states and the United States externalize the burden of conflicts to surrogates. What drives surrogate warfare in the region, what can patrons really achieve and what are the long-term effects trained, equipped and empowered in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and elsewhere? Speakers: Dr. Andreas Krieg is an assistant professor at the School of Security at King’s College London currently seconded to the Royal College of Defence Studies. In his research Andreas has combined his regional expertise of the Middle East with the wider field of Security Studies. He has looked at violent non-state actors and unconventional means of warfare in the twenty-first century. As an expert for Middle East security more generally and Gulf security in particular, Andreas has employed his regional and subject-related expertise providing strategic and operational risk consultancy to ...

101 min2019 NOV 16
Comments
Book Launch: Surrogate Warfare in the Middle East

The Linguistic Landscape of Arabic in Israel: Hybridity and the Nation-State

Listen to Dr Camelia Suleiman discuss how the Arabic language became a site of struggle over legitimacy, silencing and exclusion of the Palestinian citizens of Israel who constitute roughly 20% of Israel’s population.

49 min2019 NOV 14
Comments
The Linguistic Landscape of Arabic in Israel: Hybridity and the Nation-State

The Media, Politics And Dissent In North Africa Since The Arab Spring

This is a recording of the IMES Inaugural Conference titled 'The Media, Politics and Dissent in North Africa Since the Arab Spring' which took place on 25 September 2019. 00:00 Introductions: Fatima El-Issawi and Jonathan Hill 13:30 Panel #1: The media and authoritarian resilience Chair: Jonathan Hill Speakers: (1) Francesco Cavatorta; (2) Kjetil Selvick; (3) Hendrick Kraetzschmar. 1:23:45 Panel #2: The media and political accountability since the Arab Spring Chair: Dina Mattar Speakers: (1) Roxane Farmanfarmaian; (2) Boubaker Jamaei; (3) Fatima el-Issawi. 2:50:50 Panel #3: New medias, new dissent? Chair: Charis Boutieri Speakers: (1) Christina Moreno-Almeida; (2) Chaima Bouhel; (3) Omar Radi. 4:24:20 Closing address: Omar Belhouchet

347 min2019 OCT 2
Comments
The Media, Politics And Dissent In North Africa Since The Arab Spring

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 Revolution: Legitimacy and Constitutionalism After the Arab Spring (Oxford University Press, 2017), urges a rethinking of major categories in political, legal, and constitutional theory in light of the Arab Spring. It offers a novel and comprehensive examination of the constitutional order that preceded and followed the Arab Spring in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Morocco, Jordan, Algeria, Oman, and Bahrain. It also provides the first thorough discussion of the trials of former regime officials in Egypt and...

91 min2018 JAN 31
Comments
Law & Revolution: Legitimacy and Constitutionalism After the Arab Spring

Reflections on the Tunisian Revolution and its Aftermath

"Neoliberal Development, Protests and Mobilizations Between the Urban and Rural: Reflections on the Tunisian Revolution and its Aftermath" A public lecture delivered by Prof. Sami Zemni (Ghent University) at the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, King's College London on 7 November 2017. This presentation engages in the debate on urban contentious politics by returning to the Tunisian revolution. I reflect on how movements, provoked by neoliberal restructurings, emerged, and show how these ultimately came together to form a mass movement demanding radical political change. By analyzing the socio-spatial roots of the Tunisian revolution and by sketching the classes, social groups and movements that coalesced against authoritarian rule in early 2011, I will argue that new urban social movements have deployed new strategies of action, repertoires of contention, created new networks of solidarity and activism and how, in the end, new forms of collective mobilization and claim making ...

99 min2017 NOV 10
Comments
Reflections on the Tunisian Revolution and its Aftermath

When Islamists Lose: The Politicization of Tunisia's al-Nahda

In this talk delivered at King's on 10 October 2017, Dr Rory McCarthy (University of Oxford) asks how competitive electoral contests have transformed an Islamist movement by looking at the internal debates and struggles that have shaped Tunisia’s al-Nahda since 2011. Drawing on a year’s fieldwork in a Nahdawi community in the provincial city of Sousse, he argues that Islamist politicization during a transition dislocates the relationship between political ambitions and the religious social movement. He identifies three specific points of tension, over ideology, political strategy, and organization, which triggered sharp differences among al-Nahda activists. DR RORY MCCARTHY is a Fellow by Examination (Junior Research Fellow) in Oriental Studies at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he works on social movements, contentious politics, and Islamism in the Middle East and North Africa. He wrote his doctorate on the evolution of the Islamist movement Ennahda in one Tunisian city, and is n...

80 min2017 OCT 12
Comments
When Islamists Lose: The Politicization of Tunisia's al-Nahda

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 region program, ICAN) and Reem Wael (Gender Consultant)

32 min2017 MAR 14
Comments
Women’s Political and Economic Empowerment in the MENA

Understanding the Political Economy of Violence in the Middle East

A public lecture delivered by Dr Adeel Malik (University of Oxford) at the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, King's College London. 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 chain of war. In light of this, I make four key propositions and situate them in the political economy analysis of violence. First, violence is not just a random or spontaneous generation: it is linked with the rational logic of power and formal state structures. Second, violence directly emerges from a power vacuum generated by ill-advised foreign interventions. ...

69 min2017 MAR 1
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Understanding the Political Economy of Violence in the Middle East
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