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COVID-19 IMES Closure

The IMES Suite is currently closed and all operations are occurring online until further notice. The Institute has also changed all scheduled public events to an online format until the end of the Fall 2020 semester.

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. Institute for Middle East Studies faculty represent a breadth of disciplines from political science to media and public affairs to religion to international business. Our faculty 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.

IMES FWS Student Employment Opportunity

The Institute for Middle East Studies is looking for a new Federal Work Study Program Assistant for the Middle East Studies Program. If you are interested in this position, please submit an application through the Student Employment Talent Management System.


Our Fall 2019 Alumni Newsletter has officially been published. To read the newsletter, please click the link below.

Alumni Newsletter


Dr. Ilana Feldman has been awarded the 2019 Fatima Mernissi Book Award. Ilana Feldman’s Life Lived in Relief is a searing look at how the politics of humanitarian aid have trapped Palestinians in a cycle of dependence, even while international politics have halted any viable alternative for Palestinian statehood. Feldman’s research illuminates Palestinian dignity and the indignities that they have faced even as the international community purports to help Palestinians cope with one of the region’s greatest humanitarian crises.

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Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight: Samuel Graham Rosen

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 Book Spotlight: Partitions: A Transnational History of Twentieth-Century Territorial Separatism (Edited by Arie Dubnov and Laura Robson)

Faculty Book Spotlight: Partitions: A Transnational History of Twentieth-Century Territorial Separatism  This semester’s faculty book spotlight features Professor Arie Dubnov, co-editor of Partitions: A Transnational History of Twentieth-Century Territorial Separatism...

Faculty Practitioner Spotlight: Charles E. Kiamie III

Faculty Practitioner Spotlight: Charles E. Kiamie III, BA ‘00    Charles E. Kiamie III, MESP BA ‘00, is Deputy Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) Office of Local Sustainability – and Professorial Lecturer in both the Elliott School of...

Faculty Spolight: Babak Bahador

Faculty Spotlight: Babak Bahador Babak Bahador is an Associate Research Professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs and the Director of the Media and Peacebuilding Project. Professor Bahador is also a senior lecturer at the University of Canterbury in New...

Dr. Esseesy & Students Meet with Meethaq Bank in Oman

View this post on Instagram 📚 ‏. ‏مقتطفات من زيارة طلبة جامعة جورج واشنطن للمقر الرئيسي لبنك مسقط وتعريف الطلبة عن دور ميثاق في تعزيز الصيرفة الإسلامية ‏⁧‫#ميثاق_للصيرفة_الإسلامية‬⁩ ‏. ‏Highlights from ⁦‪@gwuniversity‬⁩ students' visit to ⁦‪@bankmuscat‬⁩ HO where...

Attiya Ahmad – Fatima Mernissi Book Award Winner

IMES proudly congratulates Attiya Ahmad, Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs, for winning the 2018 Middle East Studies Association Fatima Mernissi Book Award. We are proud to announce that Dr. Ahmad's book has also: Won the Association for...

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Institute for Middle East Studies
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Washington, DC 20052
Phone: 202-994-9249 | Fax: 202-994-4055

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