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Social Science and the Middle East: myths, pitfalls and opportunities

International Relations Department public lecture

No area of the globe so challenges the contemporary social scientist or the ordinary citizen as do the twenty-five countries of the Middle East. At the same time, none generates as much public controversy and unease. From its multiple wars and inter-ethnic conflicts, and the rise of religiously defined ideologies, to the enduring place it occupies in world energy markets this region is of central concern to all who seek to analyse, or formulate policies for, the world of today. In this lecture, Professor Fred Halliday examines the difficulties, analytic and normative, that beset study of the Middle East, and argue that a programme of sustained research and teaching on this area is essential for comprehending the world today.

Fred Halliday is professor of international relations at LSE, where he has been a member of the Council, and director of the Human Rights Centre. He is the author of several books on international relations theory, the Middle East, and the role of revolutions in international affairs. The Middle East in International Relations (Cambridge University Press) and 100 Myths about the Middle East (Saqi Books) were published this past spring.


Professor Fred Halliday | talks


Date and Time:

7 January 2008 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Old Theatre, Old Building
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street

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