Founded in 2007, the Institute for Middle East Studies aims to foster research, dialogue and the creation of an intellectual community focused on the modern Middle East, geographically defined as the Arab world, Turkey, Israel, and Iran. To this end, IMES encourages intellectual collaboration among members of the GW community interested in the Middle East, between GW research institutes, and with other organizations in the Washington area.

Read More

2015 Capstone Projects Posted

The Capstone Research Projects of our 2015 MA graduates are now available online. Congratulations to this year's excellent cohort of MA students, whose original research took them to Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, Turkey, and the West Bank.

A very special congratulations to Ryan Greenwood and Alex Randall, whose capstone Treading Softly: Responding to LGBTI Syrian Refugees in Jordan, was chosen by the institute's faculty directors as this year's most outstanding project.

FLAS Awardees - Academic Year 2015/2016

Congratulations to the 2015-2016 recipients of the prestigious Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Academic Year fellowships:

Nicole Bailey: Global Communication (Arabic)

Mischa Benoit-Lavelle: Middle East Studies (Arabic)

Kelsey Fish: Global Communication (Arabic)

Alissa Fromkin: Middle East Studies (Arabic)

Liliana Martinez: International Affairs (Arabic)

Marintha Miles: Anthropology (Persian)

Amanda Sass: Middle East Studies (Hebrew)

Carter Starling: Middle East Studies (Arabic)

The FLAS fellowship awards cover full tuition and a living stipend for one academic year. For more information visit the website of the Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships.

Upcoming Events


Media Inquiries

Journalists seeking the expertise of our faculty are encouraged to contact them directly or refer to the Elliott School Media Guide.

Welcome to Our New MENA Research Librarian

Amanda Hannoosh Steinberg, GW's new MENA Research Librarian

Amanda Hannoosh Steinberg comes to GW from the department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania where she completed research for her forthcoming doctoral dissertation entitled, “Wives, Witches and Warriors: Women in Arabic Popular Epics.”

Read More