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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.

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2017 Middle East Studies MA Capstone Presentations

The Middle East Studies program is pleased to announce the 2017 MA capstone presentations. This year's capstone presentations are open to the public and will be held on Friday, April 28 and Monday, May 1. MES MA students are especially encouraged to attend to support their classmates and brainstorm topics for their own capstone projects.

Ilana Feldman Recognized with GW Distinguished Scholar Award

IMES would like to congratulate Dr. Ilana Feldman, Professor of Anthropology, History and International Affairs, on her receipt of the 2017 Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) Distinguished Scholar Award. 

IMES Book Clubs + Arabic Lecture Series

Mitchell Ford, IMES's Senior Arabic Advisor, will host a second series of our Arabic Book Club this upcoming spring semester. Participants will have the opportunity to build their speaking and reading skills by meeting to discuss either Rijal fi al Shams by Ghassan Kanafani or an abridged copy of Sayyidi wa Habibi by Hoda Barakat. In addition to the regular book club meetings, we will host an Arabic-language instructional lecture series.

IMES Welcomes New Post-Doctoral Fellow, Amal Sachedina

The Institute for Middle East Studies is pleased to welcome Amal Sachedina as our new Post-Doctoral Fellow. Dr. Sachedina's studies have focused on cultural anthropology of Oman. Amal Sachedina completed her Ph.D. in socio-cultural anthropology and Middle East studies at the University of California, Berkeley in December 2013. Her research on Oman, now a book project, explores the material practices of making and reflecting on the past through examining the changing functions and roles of material objects and landscapes over the course of the 20th century at a time when the last Ibadi Imamate (1913-1959) ruled much of the interior of what is now the Sultanate of Oman.

Recent Publications

Marc Lynch: All Quiet in the Eastern Palaces

In a recent article for Carnegie Endowment for International Peace's Diwan blog, POMEPS Director Marc Lynch describes the divergent reactions of regimes in the Middle East and the Arab public following the January 27 executive order on immigration. Despite considerable opprobrium in the Arab public spheres, many leaders remained silent toward the policies, mirroring pre-2011 efforts to highlight the regimes' roles as security partners of the US.

Marc Lynch: In Uncharted Waters - Islamist Parties beyond Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood

POMEPS Director Marc Lynch's paper for the Carnegie Endowment For International Peace analyzes how Islamist parties in the Arab world have responded to the current political climate they are facing in their respective countries. Dr. Lynch writes that these movements have generally adapted to their local contexts, and therefore should be understood as rational actors that can change their strategies to respond to political realities. In the current context of increasing restrictions on Islamist movements in the region and the emergence of ISIS, state responses to Islamist political aspirations may help determine the future trajectory of these constituencies.

Nathan Brown (co-author): An Egyptian court just struck down part of a repressive new law. Here’s what that means.

Professor Nathan Brown and Amr Hamzawy recently co-wrote an article for the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog explaining the significance of a recent Egyptian court ruling overturning part of Egypt's protest law. The authors caution against an over-optimistic interpretation of the ruling's potential to liberalize Egyptian politics.

Nathan Brown (co-author): Arguing about Family Law in Jordan, Disconnected Spheres?

IMES Director Nathan Brown co-authored a paper for the International Journal of Middle East Studies with Lamis El Muhtaseb and Abdul-Wahab Kayyali titled "Arguing about Family Law in Jordan: Disconnected Spheres?" The essay examines whether activist groups with differing ideologies are brought together or cleaved apart by public policy debates, using three contentious family law issues in Jordan as case studies.