Institute of Middle East, Central Asia and Caucasus Studies seminars

The Institute of Middle East, Central Asia and Caucasus Studies (MECACS) holds a weekly seminar series which usually takes place in the Arts Building at 4pm. 


Semester 1, 2017-2018

Time and dateSpeakerTitleAffiliationChairRoom
Thursday 21 September, 4pm Semih Lütfü Turgut Turkish Foreign Policy in a Historical Perspective Turkish Consul General in Edinburgh Professor Rick Fawn  School VI
Thursday 5 October, 4pm Dr Matteo Fumagalli and Dr Roddy Brett Conflicts in Myanmar. Arrested development? University of St Andrews   Seminar Room 1
Wednesday 18 October, 2pm to 5pm Dr Dominika Krois; Samuel Doveri Vesterbye and Andreas Marazis; Professor Raquel Friere and Professor Licínia Simão; Prof. Rick Fawn, Jason Bruder and Dr Nina Lutterjohann

Roundtable: How the EU is handling threats to stability in wider Europe?

In partnership with the European Neighbourhood Council (ENC), and co-sponsored by the Marie Curie CASPIAN Networ   Arts Lecture Theatre
Thursday 19 October, 4pm Elham Gharji Afghanistan: a conflict analysis University of Coimbra Professor Rick Fawn Seminar Room 1
Thursday 2 November, 4pm Dr Matteo Fumagalli; James Kilner (editor, Caucasus and Central Asia Bulletin); Shair Dzhuraev (Marie Curie CASPIAN fellow) Elections in Kyrgyzstan: Implications for Democratisation and Regional Stability University of St Andrews Professor Rick Fawn Seminar Room 1
Thursday 9 November, 4pm Dr Andrea Teti What do ‘The People’ Want? Democracy, Islam and Dictatorship in MENA Public Opinion University of Aberdeen Professor Ray Hinnebusch Seminar Room 1

This list of seminars is also available to download: MECACS seminars list (PDF, 315 KB)

Archive of previous seminars

Semester 2, 2016-2017

Time and dateSpeaker(s)TitleAffiliationChairRoom
5pm on Monday 13 February 2017 James Kilner 'Reporting Central Asia' Editor: The Conway Bulletin, journalist (inter alia): The Times, Economist Intelligence Unit, Daily Telegraph, and Reuters, covering Russia, North/South Caucasus Professor Rick Fawn  Seminar room 4
4pm on Tuesday 14 February 2017 Ambassador Roy Reeve 'The role of IOs in the post Soviet space – help or hindrance?' Previously inter alia: UK Ambassador to Ukraine; Head of the OSCE Mission to Georgia; Head of the OSCE Mission to Armenia; United Kingdom Delegation to the CSCE Preparatory Talks and Geneva negotiations, culminating in the Helsinki Final Act in 1975 Professor Rick Fawn  Seminar room 1
4pm on Thursday 16 February 2017 Professor Dominic Lieven '1914: Russian Perspectives on the Collapse of the European Order' Senior Research Fellow, Trinity CollegeUniversity of Cambridge; Research Professor, University of Cambridge; Fellow of the British Academy Professors Rick Fawn (IR) and Frank Müller (History) Arts Lecture Theatre
2pm to 6pm on Wednesday 22 February 2017 Dr Dominika Krois, Samuel Doveri Vesterbye, Andreas Marazis and staff from School of IR

Roundtable: 'How the EU is handling threats to stability in wider Europe?'

In partnership with the European Neighbourhood Council (ENC), and co-sponsored by the Marie Curie CASPIAN Network   -  Arts Lecture Theatre 
4pm on Thursday 2 March 2017 Dr Reem Abou-El-Fadl 'Solidarity and Resistance in 1970s Egypt' School of Oriental and African Studies Professor Ray Hinnebusch Seminar room 4
4pm on Tuesday 7 March 2017 Dr Laurence Broers 'Affective dispositions and the role of emotions in Armenian-Azerbaijani violence 1988-1990' Chatham House, co-editor, Caucasus Survey Professor Rick Fawn

Seminar room 1

4pm on Tuesday 11 April  Dr Teije Hidde Donker 'Governance and Islamism in North-Syria: The Impact of Daesh'

Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen, Norway

Professor Ray Hinnebusch Seminar room 1
4pm on Tuesday 18 April 2017 Khuloud Saba 'The Conflict in Syria, War on Terror Discourse: The Role of Global Actors and the implications for population health' iGlobal Public Health Unit, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh Professor Ray Hinnebusch Seminar room 1