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​This year, four master's students at the UiO-PRIO Student Programme have successfully defended their master's theses on topics related to the Middle East. Their theses address a wide variety of topics: effects of sectarian violence in Egypt, sexual violence during the Egyptian Revolution, France's involvement in the Lebanese Civil War, and the Reagan administration's approach to the Palestinian question.

​You can find the four master's theses at the links below:

'Successful Failure: The Intifada and the Shultz Initiative of 1988' by Bjørn Schirmer-Nilsen, Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History.

'An Impossible Balancing Act: France and the Lebanese Civil War, 1975-1982' by Erlend Lunde Colleuille, Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History.

'The Effects of Different Types of Sectarian Violence on Trust in State- and Societal Institutions: Evidence from Egypt' by Malin Nærum Aadalen, Department of Political Science.

'Correlates of Sexual Violence in Protest Spaces: Evidence from the Egyptian Revolution' by Sofie Gilbert, Department of Political Science.

Several of the students are currently in the process of turning their master's theses into articles.

We congratulate Bjørn, Erlend, Malin and Sofie!