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The LSE Middle East Centre opened in October 2010. It builds on LSE’s long engagement with the Middle East and provides a central hub for the wide range of research on the region carried out at LSE.a
The Middle East Centre works to develop research and teaching on the societies, economies, polities, and international relations of the region, which includes Arab states, Iran, Israel, Turkey, Afghanistan and Pakistan. As one of the world’s leading social science institutions with an emphasis on postgraduate studies, LSE comprises departments covering all branches of the social sciences, including law, philosophy, economic history, international relations, and international history. The Middle East Centre builds on that expertise to promote innovative interdisciplinary research and training on the region, with foci on history and political economy, society and environment, and law and international relations. The Middle East Centre places special emphasis on active and systemic collaboration with Arab universities, scholars, policy makers, and civil society, and on speaking to a global audience about the region’s strengths and challenges.
Middle East Centre Aims:
- Increase LSE capability to engage with countries in the Middle East
- Create a platform for research, teaching, exchange, publications, conferences and lectures
- Establish LSE as a world centre for Middle East scholarship
- Strengthen relations between LSE and Middle East universities
The Middle East Centre does not run courses and does not supervise PhD students. Students interested in post-graduate study at LSE should explore the various disciplinary departments.
The Middle East Centre was established with support from he Emirates Foundation for Philanthropy and the Aman Trust.