Heard @ the Souq


Bringing you a step closer to the various facets of the region

An Interview with Dr Thorsten Botz-Bornstein

24 Jul 2018

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Revolution and Its Discontents: The Struggle for Reform in Post-revolutionary Iran

17 Jul 2018

Dr. Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi delivers a talk regarding his research on the reformist movement in post-revolutionary Iran. 

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The Hijaz: The First Islamic State

13 Jul 2018

Malik R. Dahlan delivers his talk based on his new book “The Hijaz: The First Islamic State”.

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A New Multipolarity

09 Jul 2018

MEI Research Intern Wayne Yeo writes on rising multipolarity and compares it with the environment before the two world wars. Read on to find out how Wayne interprets the significance of this multipolarity in historic terms.

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Women’s Rights in Saudi Arabia – Cosmetic, not Substantial, Reforms

06 Jul 2018

In this article, our external contributor Edison Yap reminds readers that in view of social reforms for women in Saudi Arabia, one ought to not be blind to the real dilemma that such movements face in the Arabian monarchy....

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A Northern Tier in West Asia? – States, Networks, and Informal Diplomacy: Conference Summary

06 Jul 2018

Is a Northern Tier developing in West Asia? Who or what is West Asia? How are states using networks and informal diplomacy to come together to manage conflicting agendas

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MEI Senior Research Fellow Speaks at Melbourne Law School

04 Jul 2018

Last May, MEI Senior Research Fellow Victor Kattan participated in the Seventh Annual Junior Faculty Forum for International Law and a conference on Humanitarianism and the Remaking of International Law. Read on to find out more about his trip and...

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Tigers-Turned-Traitors? The Business of Devotion in Turkish Foreign Policy

25 Jun 2018

Last week, MEI Research Fellow Serkan Yolaçan held an Arabia-Asia cluster seminar to discuss the role of the Gülen movement in the neo-Ottoman foreign policy of Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP). Here is the summary.

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Qatar, UAE and the Latest Game in the Gulf Crisis

19 Jun 2018

Today, Research Fellow Nisha Mathew discusses the issues surrounding the cultural, economical and political links between contemporary Emirati society and neighbouring Qatar. Read on to find out more.

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Laughing at Power: Satire in the Arab World

13 Jun 2018

Our Research Associate Muneerah Razak discusses the importance of satire in the Arab world and its role in public discourse of politics against oppressive regimes in the region.  

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