PUBLICATIONS
  • Insight 164: Turkey’s New Path: Notes on the Constitutional Referendum
    By Serkan Yolacan CLICK HERE FOR PDF In April 2017 Turkey had a referendum on eighteen constitutional amendments. With a marginal win for ‘yes,’ the country’s traditional parliamentary system is set to be replaced with an executive presidential system. President Erdoğan’s victory in the..
  • Insight 163: Female lawyers on the rise in Kuwait
    Female lawyers on the rise in Kuwait: Potential agents of reform? By Rania Maktabi CLICK HERE FOR PDF Introduction[1] Kuwaiti women have had access to free public higher education since the late 1950s, and they have engaged in civic groups since the early 1960s.[2] Education and civic engagement..
  • Insight 162: The Discourse on Shari’a in the Gulf
    By Salma El Idrissi CLICK HERE FOR PDF In 2015, Kuwaiti MP Nabil Al-Fadhl provoked a huge controversy in the National Assembly. Al-Fadhl, known for his opposition to Shari’a, called openly for legalizing the sale of alcohol in Kuwait. He maintained that alcohol consumption is part of the history..
BLOGS
  • News Roundup: 13th May-19th May 2017
      Saudi Arabia’s Continued Attempt at Economic Diversification On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia’s state-owned Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) announced plans to establish a state company for the manufacturing of arms, intended at improving the Saudi economy by producing thousands of jobs for Saudis. This is in..
  • MEI Kaleidoscope | Saudi Arabia’s Youth Dare to Draw
    By Charlotte Schriwer 17 May 2017 ‘Attar’ by Shaweesh   Art, as a subject, has been central to contentious debates for centuries in the more conservative realms of Islamic doctrine, such as Wahhabism. In Saudi Arabia, for example, staunchly conservative Saudi clerics deem art- other than floral, geometric or calligraphic..
  • News Roundup: 6th May - 12th May 2017
      Israel Gains Parliamentary Approval Israeli parliament passed a preliminary vote that gives official recognition to Israel as the home of the Jewish people. The ramifications of the bill on the status of the Arab minority in Israel remain unclear.   Turkey Piqued by US-Kurdish Alliance   The Trump administration..
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@MEI_NUS   Our latest Insight highlights the central features of discourse on Shari’a in the Arab Gulf & enforcement challenges:nus.edu/2rx9k1g


@MEI_NUS   Today's talk by Ms. Pham Huyen during our Arabia Asia cluster meeting highlighted the historical ties b/w ME & SEA.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…


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@MEI_NUS   Using interdisciplinary analysis, this book maps out the complexity of Arab media & its political surroundings in t… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…


@MEI_NUS   We had a great Saturday evening at Afikra Pop Up - Singapore with sharing sessions about the Hejaz Railway and Omar… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…


@MEI_NUS   Protests in Tunisia & Israeli parliament approved of controversial nation-state bill. Catch up with this week's new… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…


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@MEI_NUS   Our 1st #bookrec for this month's topic of media offers critical & accessible insights of media activism during the… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…


@MEI_NUS   Here's a quick recap of the points Dr Sajjadpour raised during his Eminent Speaker Series Lecture last Friday:… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…


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@MEI_NUS   This week's Transsystemic Law cluster meeting was led by Dr.Haji Hamid Sultan, a Judge of Court of Appeal Malaysia.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…


@MEI_NUS   9/ Today's Eminent Speaker Series Lecture has come to an end. Hope you've gleaned a bit more about Iran's foreign policy.


@MEI_NUS   8/ Iran is self-reliant and is not overly concerned by whoever is the President of the United States.


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