Society and Politics


  • Middle East Focus: a weekly podcast featuring discussion and analysis on U.S. foreign policy and contemporary political and social issues in the Middle East.
  • Conflicted: An ex-Al Qaeda jihadi turned MI6 spy and a former monk turned filmmaker, have been embedded at the heart of conflicts in the Middle East. Together Aimen Dean and Thomas Small unpack the realities of war, fundamentalism and their global implications through first-hand experience.
  • feMENA is a new fortnightly feminist podcast looking at women’s rights in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Hosted by journalist Venetia Rainey, the show will look at issues such as political participation, prostitution, sexist laws and sexual health care. Providing first-person stories and in-depth analysis – exclusively from women in the region – this is a platform to amplify female voices and experiences not normally heard in mainstream media.
  • Arab Tyrant Manual: An independent online publishing platform (and podcast) focused on freedom, human rights and the fight against all forms of authoritarianism globally –social, political or religious. We try to deeply understand authoritarianism, the logic and incentives behind it, and the strategies and tactics that authoritarians use, in order to understand why what’s in the news is happening, and to better equip ourselves to resist.
  • Al Monitor: Various podcasts on the Middle East
  • Middle East Weekly: Middle East Weekly brings you the most important stories from the Middle East, taking you behind the headlines with analysis from across the region. Every week we’ll be looking at three new Middle Eastern issues in the news, with expert analysis from our team of editors who’ll be lifting the lid on a region that all too often seems impossibly complex. This podcast is brought to you by the Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy, a student-run journal at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
  • Our Man in the Middle East: BBC correspondent Jeremy Bowen presents a personal history of the Middle East.
  • KPFA – Voices of Middle East and North Africa: The richly diverse and fascinating world of culture and politics of the Middle East and North Africa, exploring the complex web of class, gender, ethnic, religious and regional differences which separate and distinguish the ways of life and political and ideological perspectives of people in that part of the world.
  • Kerning Cultures: Founded in 2015, Kerning Cultures Network is the first venture-funded podcast company in the Middle East. We also happen to be female-led. Featuring a line up of award-winning immersive Arabic and English podcasts for curious listeners.
  • LSE Middle East Centre Podcasts: Welcome to the LSE Middle East Centre’s podcast feed. The MEC builds on LSE’s long engagement with the Middle East and North Africa and provides a central hub for the wide range of research on the region carried out at LSE. Follow us and keep up to date with our latest event podcasts and interviews!
  • Dukkan (Re)defined: Critical conversations about race in the Middle East.