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Politics and International Relations (PIR): Research


The Contemporary Middle East

The Contemporary Middle East Research Series, convened by Dr Lucy Abbott, showcases research activities undertaken by Middle East specialists in the Politics and International Relations subject area of the School of Social and Political Science. Our team includes leading scholars of the Middle East with specific expertise in the politics and international relations of Egypt, Jordan, Arab states of the Gulf, Israel-Palestine in particular.

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Image ArtworkPast and current research interests include: International Relations of the Middle East; Historical Sociology, colonisation/decolonisation; Constructivism; Comparative Political Economy; Political Theory; Political Islam; Human Rights and International Law; Contentious Politics; Political Violence; Norms; Identity; Regional Organisations; Public Sphere; Foreign Policy

We are engaged in research-led teaching and have developed Middle East specialist courses at Honours and Masters levels including: The Politics of the Middle East, Political Islam, The Middle East in International Relations and, most recently, Gulf Politics (running for the first time in 2018-19). We also offer the specialist MSc International Relations of the Middle East and MSc International Relations of the Middle East with Arabic programmes.

For a list of our upcoming events (and past events), please visit our Contemporary Middle East Series page.

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