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HSE Researchers about the Summer School in London School of Economics

Kirill Zhirkov, LCSR, HSE St. Petersburg Campus, research fellow took part in the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)  Summer School at the course ‘The Middle East in Global Politics’. That’s his impressions on the international summer school which was possible due to the LCSR financial support.

The course began from the political history of the Middle East and then focused on detailed analysis of the policies of particular states such as Egypt, Iran, Israel, and Turkey. Special attention was paid to the most influential political ideologies in the region, namely Arab nationalism and political Islam. The last classes were devoted to the phenomenon of the Arab Spring and possible trajectories of regional political development. The leading lecturer of the course was LSE Professor Katerina Dalacoura, a well-known scholar of the Middle Eastern politics. Other staff included professors from other London universities and young teaching assistants, both last year LSE PhD students and recent graduates.

The programme was characterized by a diverse student body, but the biggest share—a bit less than a half—was represented by the students of American colleges, including the most prestigious ones such as Yale and Princeton. Overrepresentation of undergraduate students influenced the character of seminars making the debates less intense compared to the graduate-level programs. However, it did not prevent me from participation in a very interesting discussion with the lecturer, Hadi Makarem, about the problem of making distinction between radical and moderate Islamist movements.

It was a great learning experience and also I managed to see the most popular tourist attractions, such the Tower of London, and also became familiar with British drama at the National Theatre and the famous Globe.

Kirill Zhirkov

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