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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.

Important Announcements 

Summer FLAS Scholarships Applications are due February 1, 2019. The Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship Program provides summer fellowships to institutions of higher education. The grant assists U.S. citizens who are graduate and undergraduate students at George Washington University to further language study and area or international studies. The number of awards is contingent on funding. This competition is for Arabic, Hebrew, Persian and Turkish languages. Click the link below for more information.


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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)

This semester’s faculty book spotlight features Professor Arie Dubnov, co-editor of Partitions: A Transnational History of Twentieth-Century Territorial Separatism (Stanford University Press, 2019). Dubnov was interviewed by Alyssa Bivins, who is currently a 2nd year...

Faculty Practitioner Spotlight: Charles E. Kiamie III

Charles E. Kiamie III, a Middle Eastern Studies program alumnus (B.A., 2000), 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 International Affairs...

Faculty Spolight: Babak Bahador

Babak Bahador is an Associate Research Professor at 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 Zealand, where he teaches for part of...

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
1957 E Street NW Suite 512
Washington, DC 20052
Phone: 202-994-9249 | Fax: 202-994-4055

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