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Durham University

School of Government & International Affairs



David Held - in memory

Professor David Held, who died suddenly on 2 March after a short illness, was one of the most influential and individual political theorists of his generation. He was also a gracious, generous and relentlessly curious colleague, and someone whose forward-looking attitude made him an immensely supportive supervisor to his many PhD students and mentor to junior colleagues.

(14 Mar 2019) » More about David Held - in memory

New Durham Middle East Paper just published

Not more than a Dent? Long-term Trends in Middle East Democracy Since the Arab Spring Jan Claudius Völkel Durham Middle East Paper No. 97 has recently been published and is available here.

(19 Mar 2019)

Call for Papers ECPR 2019: Violence in the City: Actors, Forms and Dynamics of Urban Violence

Invitation to submit papers and panels for the section on ‘Violence in the City’ at the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR) conference, Wrocław, Poland, 4-7 September 2019. Please contact Jutta Bakonyi ( by 18 February 2019.

(15 Feb 2019)

Launching the Cambridge University Press Book Series on Intelligence and National Security in Africa and the Middle East

Professor Clive Jones (SGIA) and Professors Rory Miller and Harry Verhoeven of Georgetown University in Qatar have launched their new Cambridge University Press book series on Intelligence and National Security in Africa and the Middle East at a one-day workshop, bringing together leading scholars working on these issues. 

(10 Dec 2018)

Special Issue on Taiwan's elections

Following the dramatic mid-term election result in Taiwan on 24 November, SGIA's Dr Gordon Cheung has edited a special virtual issue on ‘The Dynamics of Taiwan’s Changing Politics and Cross-Strait Relations’.

(30 Nov 2018)

Latest Al-Sabah Publication Number 26, December 2018

China and the Middle East: Redefining the International Order? In this paper Dr John Calabrese examines the arc of China’s relations with the Middle East, focusing especially on the period since Xi Jinping assumed the presidency.

(21 Nov 2018)

Matthew (Matt) Hedges: A Statement from Durham University

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(21 Nov 2018)

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