The Institute for Middle East Studies was founded in 2007 as part of a broad, University-wide initiative to support academic work on the Middle East. IMES faculty associates represent a breadth of disciplines from political science to media and public affairs to religion to international business. IMES faculty associates are instrumental in coordinating major grant proposals, organizing research workshops and conferences for the Institute, and contributing original research to current academic and policy debates.

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Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight: Samuel Graham Rosen

Graham on top of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem

Samuel G. Rosen is a current undergraduate student majoring in Middle East Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs and has traveled and studied extensively in the region.

"This past summer I participated in an internship at the Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University. At the MDC I conducted independent research on the shifting strategy of ISIS in Iraq and their changing tactics following their loss of territory in the country. In total I spent over two months in Israel and was able to travel nearly the entire country, from Beersheba in the south to Haifa and the Golan heights in the north.
Before I started at GW, I participated in the State Department funded NSLI-Y summer study abroad program in Rabat, Morocco during the summer of 2015. During that summer I studied Arabic and lived with a Moroccan host family that I still keep in touch with to this day." - Graham

Faculty Spotlight

Faculty Spotlight: Melani McAlister

Melani McAlister is a Professor of American Studies and International Affairs at the George Washington University. She recently published a book entitled "The Kingdom of God Has No Borders: A Global History of American Evangelicals" which includes the first transnational study of American evangelical politics and covers a fifty-plus year sweep. She has also recently authored articles published in the Washington Post, the Atlantic, and The Conversation. Professor McAlister just finished a year long NEH fellowship and is now working on a research project regarding the cultural and affective history of humanitarianism in the Cold War!  

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