Research

Promoting research in diverse fields of interest and disciplines, the Kuwait Program at Sciences Po (KSP) supports faculty joint research projects, as well as student research papers.

 

KSP Joint Research Projects

Joint research projects are funded by the Kuwait Program to foster scientific links between faculty members at Sciences Po and in Kuwait, building a unique research network.

Research projects, which may take different forms, may be presented jointly by a faculty member from a university in Kuwait and a faculty member from Sciences Po. 

Applications for the academic year 2017-2018 are open. Please read our opportunity section for more information. 

 

KSP Student Paper Award Recipients

The KSP Student Paper Award distinguishes excellent student papers written by Master students both at Sciences Po and in Kuwait.

Congratulations to the following students who received the KSP Student Paper Award for their outstanding work:

Spring 2016

HARTMANN Laura, second year master student at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) at Sciences Po (Master in International Security) for her paper titled Saudi Arabia as a Regional Actor: Threat Perception and Balancing at Home and Abroad” on the course “States and Societies in the Gulf Monarchies taught by Professor Laurence Louer.

JOUVIN Arnaud, first year master student at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) at Sciences Po (Master in International Energy) for his paper titled What can energy subsidies reforms do for the UAE” on the course “Political Economy of the Middle East” taught by Professor Bassem Snaije.

LASQUIER Joséphine, first year master student at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) at Sciences Po (Master in International Security) for her paper titled “Challenging the Politics of Iconoclasm: Reflections, Artists from the Asir and the Subversive Potential of Contemporary Art in Saudi Arabia” on the course “Contemporary Art in the Arab World” taught by Professor Robert Kluivjer.

PELLERIN Clara, second year master student at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) at Sciences Po (Master in International Security) for her paper titled “Communicating Terror: an Analysis of ISIS Communication Strategy” on the course “Islam and Politics in a Changing Middle East” taught by Professor Stéphane Lacroix.

ORSINI Cristina, second year master student at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) of Sciences Po (Master in International Security) for her paper titled Narratives of (non)intervention: Syria from the humanitarian to the terror lens” on the course “Lessons (not) learnt in Afghanistan” taught by Professor Robert Kluivjer.

SANTAMARIA KAMPFNER Andoni, second year master student at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) at Sciences Po (Master in International Security) for his paper titled “Female Genital Mutilation in Egypt: A new frontier in the struggle for power, influence and authority among the State and Islamic institutions.” on the course “Islam and Politics in a Changing Middle East” taught by Professor Stéphane Lacroix.

 

 

Fall 2015

Monira AL-RAKHIS, master student at Kuwait University (Master in Applied International and Financial Economics) for her paper titled “Impact of Gender Inequality on Economic Growth in the Arab Region” on the course “Research Methodology in Economics” taught by Professor Nayef Al-Shammari.

Huda AL-RASHID, master student at Kuwait University (Master in Applied International and Financial Economics) for her paper titled “Foreign Direct Investment and Economic Growth in the Arab Region: The Case of Knowledge Spillover Effects” on the course “Research Methodology in economics” taught by Professor Nayef Al-Shammari.

Catharine DAMRON, second-year master student at the Doctoral School at Sciences Po (Master in Political Science an International Relations) for her paper titled “The Impact of U.S.-Constructed Security Architecture on State-Building and Social Cohesion in Post-Intervention Iraq” on the course “Sociologie des Relations Internationales dans le Monde Arabe” taught by Professor Laurent Bonnefoy.

Lasse LEIPZIGER, first year master student at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) at Sciences Po (Exchange student) for his paper titled “Does Oil Sustain Authoritarianism in the Middle East?” on the course “International Relations in the Middle East” taught by Professor Fawaz Gerges.

Lea PFEFFER, second year master student at Doctoral School at Sciences Po (Master in Political Sciences and International Relations) for her paper titled “The position of the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries in regards to the COP21” on the course “Sociologie des Relations Internationales dans le Monde Arabe” taught by Professor Laurent Bonnefoy.

Karim Manuel WAGIH IBRAHIM, first year master student at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) of Sciences Po (Master in International Economic Policy) for his paper titled “Why is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict so intractable?” on the course “International Relations in the Middle East” taught by Professor Fawaz Gerges.

 

Spring 2015

Simon BONNETsecond year master student at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) of Sciences Po (Master in International Security) for his paper titled “Western women in jihad, triumph of conservatism or export of sexual revolution?” on the course “Islam and Politics in a Changing Middle East” taught by Professor Stéphane Lacroix.

Veronika ERTLfirst year master student at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) of Sciences Po (Master in International Public Management) for her paper titled “Saudi Arabia’s Response to the Protests in 2011: Analysis of Authoritarian Regime Survival Strategies” on the course “The Political Sociology of the State in the Contemporary Arab World” taught by Professor Stéphane Lacroix.

Rebecca KOCHfirst year master student at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) of Sciences Po (Master in International Security) for her paper titled “Islam and Politics in Tunisia” on the course “Islam and Politics in a Changing Middle East” taught by Professor Stéphane Lacroix.

Hannah LINNEMANNfirst year master student at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) of Sciences Po (Master in International Public Management) for her paper titled “Politics and Business in Saudi Arabia: Characteristics of an Interplay” on the course “The Political Sociology of the State in the Contemporary Arab World” taught by Professor Stéphane Lacroix.

Robin PEETERSsecond year master student at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) of Sciences Po (Master in International Security) for his paper titled “Al-Qaeda and Islamic State: searching humanity?” on the course “Lessons (not) learnt in Afghanistan” taught by Professor Robert Kluijver.

Robert STENBERGfirst year master student at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) of Sciences Po (Master in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action) for his paper titled “Art Against Torture: Abu Ghraib and Artistic Depictions of Sufferingon the course “Contemporary Art in the Arab World” taught by Professor Robert Kluijver.

 

Fall 2014

Jacob CIGAINERO, first year master student at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) and the School of Journalism of Sciences Po (Joint Master in Journalism and International Affairs) for his paper titled “A legacy for the future: Economic Policy in Algeria” on the course “Middle East in the Global Economy” taught by Professor Robert Springborg.

Samuel DICKSON, first year master student at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) of Sciences Po (Master in International Public Management) for his paper titled “The rise of Islamism is, paradoxically, both a product and a rejection of modernity” on the course “International Relations in the Middle East” taught by Professor Fawaz Gerges.

Veronika ERTL, first year master student at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) of Sciences Po (Master in International Public Management) for her paper titled “The Path to Economic Growth in Kuwait” on the course “Middle East in the Global Economy” taught by Professor Robert Springborg.

Côme GREVY, second year master student at the Doctoral School of Sciences Po (Master in Political Science, specialisation in International Relations) for his paper titled “Legitimating an authoritative power through the foreign policy discourse, the example of Algeria during the Arab uprisings” on the course “Sociologie des relations internationales dans le monde arabe” taught by Professor Laurent Bonnefoy.

Luca MAIOTTI, first year master student at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) of Sciences Po (Master in International Security) for his paper titled “A failure in the process of nation building: the Lebanese state before the civil war” on the course “International Relations in the Middle East” taught by Professor Fawaz Gerges.

Lélia ROUSSELET, second year master student at the Doctoral School of Sciences Po (Master in Political Science, specialisation in International Relations) for her paper titled “Evolutions in the relations between Morocco and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC): a singular illustration of multilateralism in the Arab world” on the course “Sociologie des relations internationales dans le monde arabe” taught by Professor Laurent Bonnefoy.

 

Spring 2014

Caroline FRECHARD, first-year master student at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) of Sciences Po (Master in International Security) for her paper titled “How have the intertwined questions of land tenure, social conflict, land reform and food security played out in Algeria since the 19th century, and against the backdrop of changing development paradigms?” on the course ‘Food Security in International Politics: the Middle East and Africa’ taught by Professor Eckart Woertz.

Mia MOISIO, first-year master student at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) of Sciences Po (Master in International Energy) for her paper titled “The Evolution of the Merchant Class in Gulf Countries” on the course ‘States and Societies in the Gulf Monarchies’ taught by Professor Laurence Louër.

Karina PISER, second-year master student at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) of Sciences Po (Master in International Security) for her paper titled “King Abdullah’s Judicial Reforms, Pragmatism and Power in Saudi Arabia” on the course ‘Islam and Politics in a Changing Middle East’ taught by Professor Stéphane Lacroix.

Michael SCHMUHL, first-year master student at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) of Sciences Po (Master in International Public Management) for his paper titled “The Basel Reforms and Banking in the MENA Region” on the course ‘Labour, Rent and Capital in the MENA Region’ taught by Professors Bassem Snaije and Steffen Hertog.

Gergana VAKLINOVA, second-year master student at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) of Sciences Po (Master in International Security) for her paper titled “A critical comparative review of the social, economic, and political changes in Bahrain after the discovery of oil” on the course ‘Political and Social Change in the Arabian Peninsula’ taught by Professor J.E. Peterson.

Alexandre VIOLLE, second-year master student at the Doctoral School of Sciences Po (Master in Comparative Political Sociology) for his paper titled “The Islamic Finance between Modernity and Tradition” on the course ‘Religion in the Contemporary World’ taught by Professors Kathy Rousselet, Fariba Adelkhah and Antonela Capelle.

 

Fall 2013

Nadeen DAKKAK, fourth year student in the Department of English Language and Literature at Kuwait University, for her paper entitled "A Journey to the Center of Kuwait: Cultural Hybridity and the Construction of Hawalli's Spectacle", on the course ‘319 Visual Culture’ taught by Professor Mai Al-Nakib.

Amal BOURHROUS, first-year master student at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) of Sciences Po (Master in International Security) for her paper entitled "The Amazigh Question: Transnationalism as Renegotiation of Moroccan Identity", on the course ‘Political Sociology of the Arab State’, taught by Professor Stéphane Lacroix.

Mathilde DUGIT-GROS, first-year master student at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) of Sciences Po (Master in Master International Security) for her paper entitled "Was Arab nationalism a cause or a symptom of the low salience of sovereignty in the Middle East?", on the course ‘International Relations in the Middle East’, taught by Professor Fawaz Gerges.

Mariam KANDIL, first-year master student at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) of Sciences Po (Master in Master International Security) for her paper entitled "The emergence of JStreet: the impacts on American foreign policy and redefinition of Zionism", on the course ‘Conflicts and Negotiations in the Middle East" taught by Professor Jean-Pierre Filiu.

Renee NAT, exchange student at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) of Sciences Po for her paper entitled "Rebuilding Health Care In Iraq", on the course ‘Political Sociology of the Arab State’ taught by Professor Stéphane Lacroix.

Oscar VEJEN LACOPPIDAN, exchange student at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) of Sciences Po for his paper entitled "The Reconfiguration of the Egyptian Army", on the course ‘Political Sociology of the Arab State’ taught by Professor Stéphane Lacroix.

 

Spring 2013

Clément LARRAURI, first-year master student at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) of Sciences Po (Master in International Economic Policy, Concentration in Middle East Studies, Dual Degree PSIA-LSE) for his paper entitled "Cyprus as minority issue", in the course ‘The Question of Minority, The Turkish Case in comparative Perspective’ taught by Professor Riva Kastoryano in the Spring 2013,

Stuart MACGUIRE, second-year master student at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) of Sciences Po (Master in Master International Security, Concentration in Middle East Studies) for his master thesis entitled "Realized Water Scarcity and Implications for Water Conflict Analysis: The 1975 Euphrates River Crisis", supervised by Professor Stéphane Lacroix in the Spring 2013,

Arthur NERON-BANCEL, first-year master student at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) of Sciences Po (Master in International Development, Concentration in Middle East Studies, Dual Degree PSIA-SIPA) for his paper entitled "Symbolic systems, power and politics. Understanding the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood as an Islamic socio-political actor", in the course ‘Islam and Politics in the Contemporary Middle East’ taught by Professor Stéphane Lacroix in the Spring 2013, 

Esteban TINOCO, first-year master student at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) of Sciences Po (Master International Economic Policy, Concentration in Middle East Studies, Dual Degree PSIA-LSE) for his paper entitled "Inequality and its role in the Egyptian Revolution", in the course ‘Labour Rent and Capital in the MENA region’ taught by Professors Steffen Hertog and Bassem Snaije in the Spring 2013.

 

Fall 2012

Marissa CRAMER, first-year student at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) of Sciences Po (Master in International Security, Concentration in Middle East Studies) for her paper entitled "Regime Refom in the Arab Spring: Explaining Divergent Paths of Jordan and Morocco" in the course ‘The Political Sociology of the Arab State’ taught by Professor Stéphane Lacroix in the Fall 2012.