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C-MEP members – staff and students – cover most countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region as well as a wide range of topics, including, but not limited to, party politics, foreign policy, migration and drugs policy. Some C-MEP research focuses on current affairs, but we also cover the colonial era and the times long before that. Our definition of what constitutes Middle East politics is thus consciously broad with a view to better our understanding of political events and processes in the MENA, past and present.

C-MEP research strengths are located within four themes. See the themes below where you will find further information about the people, publications and projects associated with that particular area of research.

Research by C-MEP members has been published by prestigious publishers such as Cambridge University Press, Columbia University Press and Oxford University Press, as well as in high-quality journals, including Security Dialogue, Middle East Critique, Journal of International Women’s Studies, Feminist Review, Democratization, Cultural Trends, Mediterranean Politics, British Journal of Middle East Politics, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political studies, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Middle East Policy and International Affairs. C-MEP members have secured research funding from prestigious funding bodies, most notably the AHRC, the British Academy, the ESRC, the Leverhulme Trust and the Wellcome Trust.

Conflict, security and state building
Authoritarianism and democracy
The politics of empire, post-colonialism and de-colonization
Gender, migration and inclusivity