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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: with the subject heading "Journalist Workshop Application" no later than September 15. If you have questions regarding eligibility please email Dr. Scott Weiner at

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 Comments on Potential Muslim Brotherhood Terrorism Designation

January 17, 2017

IMES Director Nathan Brown was quoted in a Washington Post article on the relationship between the Muslim Brotherhood and US Muslim organizations, as part of an article on the potential ramifications of designating the former a terrorist organization.

Marc Lynch contributes to a New York Times article on the Iranian-Saudi rivalry

November 21, 2016

POMEPS Director and Professor Marc Lynch was cited in a New York Times article, "How the Iranian-Saudi Proxy Struggle Tore Apart the Middle East." Dr. Lynch contributed his analysis of the ability of the US to cool the conflict between the two powers, the historical roots of Iran's feeling of insecurity in the region, and the next administration's likely approach to the region.

Nathan Brown Quoted on the Overturning of Morsi's Sentence

November 21, 2016

The Christian Science Monitor recently interviewed IMES Director Nathan Brown on the decision by an Egyptian court to overturn former president Muhammad Morsi's death sentence. Dr. Brown provided his observations on the process by which judges are selected to rule on cases associated with the Muslim Brotherhood, a process which some have said contributes to the high number of death sentences for figures in the political opposition.

Ambassador Gnehm on future of US policy in Middle East following elections

November 17, 2016

Al-Hurra TV asked Kuwait Professor of Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Affairs Amb. Edward "Skip" Gnehm to provide his thoughts on the ramifications of the 2016 US presidential election on foreign policy in the Middle East. Through a translator, Amb. Gnehm discussed a wide range of issues, including the Egypt-US military aid and alliance, President-elect Donald Trump's ability to enact significant changes to US foreign policy immediately, Turkey, and the ability of a Trump administration to revoke the Iran deal unilaterally.

Shira Robinson appears on Ottoman History Podcast

October 22, 2016

History Professor Shira Robinson gave an interview about her book Citizen Strangers: Palestinians and the Birth of Israel's Liberal Settler State on the Ottoman History Podcast. Her interview covers the core question of the book - the Israeli state's efforts to reconcile Palestinians with the emerging national state - as well as the research methodology she used to research the book.

Firas Maksad interviewed on Al-Jazeera English

October 10, 2016

Firas Maksad, one of IMES's adjunct professors, was recently interviewed by Al-Jazeera English on Russia's involvement in Syria. In this interview, he discusses the relative incentives and motivations of rebel and regime forces around Aleppo, the US and Russian interests in the conflict, and the lack of engagement with Syria in US domestic politics.

Ambassador Gnehm Reflects on his Career and Being a Student at GW

October 06, 2016

In the lead-up to the class of 1966's 50-year reunion, the Elliott School interviewed Ambassador Edward "Skip" Gnehm on his time at as a student at GW and subsequent career in the foreign service. Amb. Gnehm spoke about his early desire to join the foreign service, his time on the yell-squad for the short-lived GW football team, and experiences that helped him in his career as an ambassador. He will be reconnecting with classmates during GW's alumni weekend.

Marc Lynch discusses international relations of the Arab Spring and hip-hop on UN Dispatch podcast

June 19, 2016

POMEPS Director Marc Lynch made an appearance on the Global Dispatches podcast where he discussed how he became interested in the Middle East, the changing relationship between Middle East states and the media, and hip-hop.

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.