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Hossein Askari interviewed about Iran deal

May 09, 2018

WDEL-FM, Wilmington, Del., spoke to Hossein Askari, the Ir

Hossein Askari quoted in Washington Examiner

May 09, 2018

The Washington Examiner quoted Hossein Askari, the Iran Pr

Marc Lynch quoted in PBS News Hour article

April 03, 2018

Professor Marc Lynch commented on the recent Egyptian elections for an article by PBS News Hour.

Firas Maksad: President Trump leans into Syria’s war

February 07, 2018

Professor Firas Maksad wrote an opinion piece for The Hill on the Trump administration's new Syria strategy.  Read it

Joel Blecher: Said the Prophet of God: Hadith Commentary Across a Millennium

January 29, 2018

Professor Joel Blecher was interviewed for the New Books in Islamic Studies podcast about his recently published book which analyzes the tradition of Hadith commentary from the Middle East to South

What are the lessons of the Arab uprisings for Iran’s protests?

January 03, 2018

Mark Lynch discusses the ongoing wave of protests in Iran and what lessons have been learned from the popular uprisings of the Arab Spring.

"The Middle East in Middle America": A Workshop for Local Journalists

July 25, 2017

The George Washington University’s Institute for Middle East Studies is now accepting applications for a 3-day fellows workshop for journalists working for regional media outlets with priority given to those located in the American Midwest, the South (excluding the District of Columbia) and the Mountain West. The workshop will take place in Washington DC, November 19-21, 2017 in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association. Fellows will attend roundtable discussions led by faculty experts on topics including Syrian refugees, Islam in America, and ISIS recruitment in the United States. Fellows will develop a deeper understanding of Middle East politics especially as they impinge on, or are connected with issues facing American society. They will build a network of contacts with expertise on the region and gain exposure to cutting edge insights on the Middle East. Fellows will also receive lists (and personal introductions where possible) of local scholars available for background interviews on future stories. All expenses (airfare, local transport, lodging and meals) will be covered. 

 To Apply: Please submit a resume; a recently published article; and a short paragraph (200-300 words) outlining why the workshop would be beneficial to you as a writer. Send materials to: [email protected] with the subject heading "Journalist Workshop Application" no later than September 15. If you have questions regarding eligibility please email Dr. Scott Weiner at [email protected]

Amb. Gnehm appears on "Trump’s Trip On The (Saudi) Royal Carpet"

May 30, 2017

Ambassador Edward Gnehm was a guest on WAMU's 1A last week to discuss President Trump's first official visit abroad.  He was joined by Robin Wright, Ali al-Ahmed, and Deborah Amos in discussing the outcomes of Trump's speech to Muslim leaders and the future of U.S. relations in the Middle East.  

Edward "Skip" Gnehm quoted in The Washington Diplomat on leaked dissent channel memo

March 02, 2017

Kuwait Chair Professor Edward "Skip" Gnehm was quoted in an article appearing in the Washington Diplomat that discussed the recently leaked dissent memo objecting to the Trump administration's travel ban. While noting the inevitiability of the memo's eventual leaking, the former ambassador noted the potential for public circulation of the memo to undercut the purpose of the State Department's dissent channel.

Marc Lynch appears on UN Global Dispatches Podcast

February 06, 2017

Dr. Marc Lynch, POMEPS Director and Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, made another appearance on the UN Global Dispatches podcast to discuss how the executive order of January 27, 2017 has been recieved by the population in the Arab world. Much of his discussion focuses on how reactions to the barring of arrivals from these countries has highlighted domestic political divides in Middle Eastern countries.

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

December 12, 2016

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.