Alumni updates

Alumni of programs conducted by the Institute for Middle East Studies can keep IMES and other alumni updated on their careers after graduation by completing the IMES alumni update form.


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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2016 Capstone Projects Posted

Our class of 2016's Capstone Research Projects are now posted online! Congratulations to all our capstone cohort, who covered several of the region's countries including Egypt, Qatar, Lebanon, and Israel. All our students' Capstone projects can be seen online on our site. A very special congratulations to Amanda Sass and William Schulte, whose capstone Understanding the Viability of the Arab Peace Initiative, was chosen by the institute's faculty directors as this year's most outstanding project.

Nowruz Week 2016

The George Washington University Language Center and the George Washington University Persian Program have organized their first annual Persian Culture Week to coincide with Nowruz, the Persian New Year. From Monday, March 21st through early April, there will be a series of events and opportunities to learn more about Persian culture as practised in Iran, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan.

A full schedule for Nowruz Week 2016 can be found here.

Expanding Opportunities for Exchange with Kuwait

Recently, Ambassador Gnehm along with several other faculty and administrators from George Washington University came to an understanding with Kuwaiti officials to promote greater exchanges between GW and Kuwait. The understanding will help facilitate more scholarship focused on the Gulf within the Institute for Middle East Studies, including hosting a visiting scholar from Kuwait and providing more expert lectures on Kuwaiti and Gulf issues. In addition, the understanding helps pave the way for more opportunities for GW students to study abroad in Kuwait.

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)

Starling Carter: 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.

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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.”

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