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School of Government & International Affairs

Visiting Fellows and Sir William Luce Papers

Papers in the Sir William Luce Publication Series are published each year within the Durham Middle East Papers series by the Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies.

Image of Professor Mark N. Katz, Sir William Luce Fellow 2018, Durham University


Better than before? Comparing Moscow’s Cold War and Putin-era policies toward Arabia and the Gulf

Professor Mark N. Katz

The 2018 Luce Fellow will be Professor Mark Katz whose research currently focuses on Russian foreign policy, especially towards the Middle East, and the international dimensions of revolution. Against the backdrop of years of conflict, still rising tensions, and mass population movements in the Middle East, the recent interventions of Russia in the region have caught the attention of the world. Professor Katz provides a broad view of Russia's historic involvement in the Middle East, and asks how much has really changed. His lecture will be delivered at 12:00 on Thursday 14 June 2018 in the Sir James Knott Hall at Trevelyan College.


Grown and inequality: four decades of transformation in Sudan

Dr Edward Thomas

The 2017 Luce Fellow is Dr Edward Thomas, who has more than a decade of experience working in South Sudan and Sudan as a teacher, human rights worker, and researcher. His research and writing address social history and contemporary politics.

Image of Helen Lackner (2016 Sir William Luce Fellow)


Understanding the Yemeni crisis: the transformation of tribal roles in recent decades

by Helen Lackner

Helen Lackner is a social and political development analyst with experience of working in over thirty countries. For more than forty years - fifteen of which were spent living in the country - she has studied and worked on Yemen, focussing on supporting women and rural poor people to sustainably improve their living conditions, and to this end developing empowerment mechanisms such as the formation of community organisations. Her most recent publication is Why Yemen Matters: a society in transition (Saqi, 2014); she also frequently writes for Open Democracy.


Lessons from the past? Approaches to conflict and peace in Sudan, 1899-1955

by Dr Richard Barltrop

Richard Barltrop is a consultant and researcher, specialised in political, economic, conflict and security analysis on the Sudans, Somalia, the Sahel and Northern Africa, and the Middle East. He has worked for the United Nations Development Programme in Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Somalia, the Sudans, Yemen and elsewhere. His areas of specialisation include mediation, conflict resolution and peacebuilding, and the role of humanitarian and development aid in countries at war.


Iranian and Arab in the Gulf: endangered language, windtowers, and fish sauce

by John W. Limbert

Ambassador John W. Limbert is the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iran in the State Department's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. He is a veteran U.S. diplomat and a former official at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.


Dā’irat al-Mahdī: money, faith and politics in Sudan

by Fergus Nicoll

After working as a teacher in northern Sudan, Fergus Nicoll began his career with the BBC in 1988 with the African Service. He moved to the BBC's Cairo Bureau in 1992 and spent three years as a World Affairs Correspondent. In 1999-2000, he was Press Officer for Olara Otunnu, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict. From 2001-12, he was a freelance presenter on the BBC World Service radio programme The World Today. He is now Public Relations and Publications Manager at the Rift Valley Institute and in 2004, published a biography of the Mahdi of Sudan, The Sword of the Prophet:The Mahdi of Sudan and the Death of General Gordon. In September 2010, the Qasim Data Centre in Khartoum published Nicoll's Bibliography of the Mahdia.


Sir William Luce in the Middle East

by Dr M.W. Daly

Dr M.W. Daly has published widely on the modern history of Egypt and the Sudan. He holds a B.A. (Hons.) degree in history from McGill University, M.A. from McGill's Institute of Islamic Studies, and Ph.D. in the history of the Near & Mdidle East from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.

Sir William Luce Paper no. 13


How to Govern Darfur?

by Dr James Morton

Dr Morton is a freelance consultant whose work on Darfur started with six years in the region during the 1980s.


From the Mahdiyya to the Salvation: women's rights in the Sudanese laws

by Dr Asma Mohamed Abdel Halim

Dr Asma Mohamed Abdel Halim is an Assistant Professor, Department of Women and Gender Studies, University of Toledo, Ohio.


Oil Development Induced Displacement in the Sudan

by Dr Leben Moro

Dr Leben Moro who is a Southern Sudanese scholar currently based at the Centre for Peace and Development, University of Juba.

Sir William Luce Paper no. 10


Sudan: political transitions past and present

by Prof. Peter Woodward, University of Reading

Sir William Luce Paper no. 9


Generational change and elite-driven reforms in the kingdom of Bahrain

by Dr. Steven Wright, Durham University

Sir William Luce Paper no. 7


Political Reform in the Gulf Monarchies: from liberalisation to democratisation? A comparative perspective.

by Dr Gerd Nonneman, University of Exeter

Sir William Luce Paper no. 6


The Emergence of Post-Traditional Oman

by Dr John E. Peterson, Research Associate, International Institute for Strategic Studies, London

Sir William Luce Paper no. 5


The Arab Oil Weapon of 1973-74 as a Double-Edged Sword: its implications for future energy security

by Dr Robert R. Copaken

Sir William Luce Paper no. 4


Traditional Subsistence Strategies in Oman: an approach to an understanding of ancient subsistence strategies

by Prof. Ali Tigani El Mahi, Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman


The Cultural Dimensions of Anglo-Iranian Relations

by Dr Mohaad Javad Nateghpour, University of Tehran

Sir William Luce Paper no. 3


Organized Labor and Social Change in Contemporary Sudan

by Professor Ahmed Alawad Sikainga, Ohio State University

Sir William Luce Paper no. 2


The Making of the Modern UAE

by Dr Fatma Al-Sayegh, Chairperson, History Department, UAE University


The Contribution of 19th Century British Political Agents to the Understanding of Omani History, with Special Reference to Sir Charles Ross

by Dr Isam al-Rawas, Assistant Professor, Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman


Khartoum: past, present and the prospects for the future

by Dr Bushra el-Tayeb Babiker, Associate Professor, University of Khartoum

Sir William Luce Paper no. 1