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Centre for the Study of the International Relations of the Middle East and North Africa


This fortnightly seminar, held Thursdays in Pembroke College and organized in partnership with the Centre of Islamic Studies at Cambridge, addresses current developments in the Middle East and North Africa in the wake of the Arab Uprisings. After the initial roseate glow in the media and in Western academic circles surrounding the upheavals of 2011, there was a residual anxiety as new governments began to emerge and political Islam became a new force in the regional political landscape. The Turbulent World seminars consider the manifold uncertainties that confront the Arab world and its neighbours today, engaging the wider, interested audience throughout the University and beyond. 

Turbulent World

Thursday, 24 April

Masters of their Destiny or Destined to be Mastered? Kurdish Political Strategies in Iraq.
Professor Gareth Stansfield (University of Exeter)

Thursday, 8 May

McCarthyism and Counter-Revolution: The Gulf States and the New Regional Order
Dr. Toby Matthiesen (University of Cambridge)

Wednesday, 14 May

Shaykhen but not Stirred: Prospects for Gulf Societies Ambassador Stuart Laing (University of Cambridge)

Thursday, 22 May

Comparing Palestinian and Syrian Revolutionary Experiences Professor Yezid Sayigh (Carnegie Middle East Center)



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