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.

Upcoming Events

Book Launch: Mughal Occidentalism Artistic Encounters between Europe and Asia at the Courts of India, 1580-1630 with Mika Natif

November 29, 2018 5:00pm Gelman Library 609 2130 H St NW Washington, DC 20052 In Mughal Occidentalism, Mika Natif elucidates the meaningful and complex ways in which Mughal artists engaged with European art and techniques from the 1580s-1630s. Using visual and textual...
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Reform in the Arab World: A Conversation with Marwan Muasher

October 24th, 2018 6:00pm Lindner Family Commons (Room 602) 1957 E St NW Washington, DC 20052 Please join us for a conversation about the prospects for Arab reform. Dr. Marwan Muasher has served as Jordan’s ambassador to the United States, foreign minister, and deputy...
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Book Launch: Leaks, Hacks and Scandals: Arab Culture in the Digital Age with Tarek El-Ariss

November 8, 2018 5:00pm Gelman Library 609 2130 H St NW Washington, DC 20052 In recent years, Arab activists have confronted authoritarian regimes both on the street and online, leaking videos and exposing atrocities, and demanding political rights. Tarek El-Ariss...
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Military Economics in Egypt & Turkey with Dr. Shana Marshall

October 17, 2018 512 Conference Room (512O) 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm...
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Recent Publications

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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