Institute for Middle East Studies at GWU

Institute for Middle East Studies at GWU Institute for Middle East Studies, The George Washington University

The Institute for Middle East Studies (IMES) 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 orga

nizations in the Washington area. In promoting and publicizing new work on the Middle East, IMES aims to deepen understanding of this critical region among scholars, students, and the broader public.

Interview Highlight Alert🚨 Check out Ambassador Gordon Gray discussing President Biden's comment that Israel is conducti...
12/15/2023

Interview Highlight Alert🚨 Check out Ambassador Gordon Gray discussing President Biden's comment that Israel is conducting indiscriminate bombing in Gaza.

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Happy last night of Hanukkah! We hope the last few nights have been filled with joy, light and many delicious treats.
12/15/2023

Happy last night of Hanukkah! We hope the last few nights have been filled with joy, light and many delicious treats.

Join us TODAY for the next ATC event from 12-1:30pm EDT for "How to Read the Room: A Storyteller's Approach to Connectin...
12/12/2023

Join us TODAY for the next ATC event from 12-1:30pm EDT for "How to Read the Room: A Storyteller's Approach to Connecting with Students " with David Sewell McCann. This workshop will work on reading the room and adapting your lesson plan to better meet the students where they are. RSVP at:https://buff.ly/47FL00J

Calling current & prospective Graduate GW students! AY 2024 FLAS fellowships available to GW graduate students studying ...
12/08/2023

Calling current & prospective Graduate GW students! AY 2024 FLAS fellowships available to GW graduate students studying the Middle East. Visit the link for more information on AY fellowships as well as to apply before Feb. 1st & make sure to check back for info on summer opportunities: https://buff.ly/3NvXkHG

Join us for the next ATC event Tuesday December 12th from 12-1:30pm EDT for "How to Read the Room: A Storyteller's Appro...
12/05/2023

Join us for the next ATC event Tuesday December 12th from 12-1:30pm EDT for "How to Read the Room: A Storyteller's Approach to Connecting with Students " with David Sewell McCann. This workshop will work on reading the room and adapting your lesson plan to better meet the students where they are.

RSVP at:https://buff.ly/47FL00J

Interview Highlight Alert🚨 Check out Ambassador Gordon Gray discussing the Diplomatic legacy of Henry Kissinger with a f...
12/01/2023

Interview Highlight Alert🚨 Check out Ambassador Gordon Gray discussing the Diplomatic legacy of Henry Kissinger with a focus on his Middle Eastern Policy

Read the full article at:https://buff.ly/3RqvCzC

Book Recommendation for you...Muslim Democratic Parties in the Middle East: Economy and Politics of Islamist Moderation,...
11/30/2023

Book Recommendation for you...Muslim Democratic Parties in the Middle East: Economy and Politics of Islamist Moderation, by A. Kadir Yildirim. This weeks book seeks to provide answers to the question why some countries in the Middle East such as Turkey have undergone successful transformations from political Islamism to Muslim democracy, while other countries such as Egypt are still dominated by Islamist political parties.

Are you interested in studying a language abroad? Did you miss the CLS deadline? Apply for the Boren Scholarships for Un...
11/29/2023

Are you interested in studying a language abroad? Did you miss the CLS deadline? Apply for the Boren Scholarships for Undergraduate and Graduate Students by January! Boren Scholars and Fellows study a wide range of critical languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, and Swahili. Boren Awards are available to students of all proficiency levels who are committed to enhancing their skills. Find more info at
https://buff.ly/2DdnEps

Do you still have some space in your schedule and you aren’t sure how to fill it? This spring 2024 Professor Ahmad will ...
11/25/2023

Do you still have some space in your schedule and you aren’t sure how to fill it? This spring 2024 Professor Ahmad will be teaching ANTH 2991: Anthropology of Islam! Make sure to check out this undergraduate class and maybe even add it to your schedule!

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at GWU IMES! May you have a happy, safe and family filled day.
11/24/2023

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at GWU IMES! May you have a happy, safe and family filled day.

Join us for the next ATC event Tuesday October 25th from 1-2:30pm EDT for "Reading Current Events in the Arabic Classroo...
11/21/2023

Join us for the next ATC event Tuesday October 25th from 1-2:30pm EDT for "Reading Current Events in the Arabic Classroom" with Sana Hilmi is Assistant Professor of Arabic at Northern Virginia Community College. This workshop will offer activities and address controversial topics to keep in mind when selecting news items for language learning to ensure that all students are welcomed and may talk freely in the classroom.

RSVP: https://buff.ly/475a7dg

Still have some space in your schedule and not sure how to fill it? This spring 2024 Professor Azodi will be teaching PS...
11/17/2023

Still have some space in your schedule and not sure how to fill it? This spring 2024 Professor Azodi will be teaching PSC 2993: Politics of Modern Iran! Make sure to check out this undergraduate/ graduate cross listed class and maybe even add it to your schedule!

Join IMES in-person tomorrow on November 16th for our next event! A Conversation with author Yael Berda and  Arie Dubnov...
11/16/2023

Join IMES in-person tomorrow on November 16th for our next event! A Conversation with author Yael Berda and Arie Dubnov on 'Between the colonial and the authoritarian: The two faces of Israel’s regime overhaul'

Link to RSVP: https://buff.ly/47bRa8X

New article! Read " There might be no day after in Gaza" written by GWU Professor Nathan Brown! Visit the link to read m...
11/10/2023

New article! Read " There might be no day after in Gaza" written by GWU Professor Nathan Brown! Visit the link to read more:https://buff.ly/3MD3arw

With class registration coming up it can be overwhelming with all the class options. This spring 2024 Professor Azodi wi...
11/10/2023

With class registration coming up it can be overwhelming with all the class options. This spring 2024 Professor Azodi will be teaching PSC 2993: Politics of Modern Iran! Make sure to check out this undergraduate class and maybe even add it to your schedule!

Interview Highlight Alert🚨 Check out Ambassador Gordon Gray discussing an update on the current situation in Gaza and ho...
11/07/2023

Interview Highlight Alert🚨 Check out Ambassador Gordon Gray discussing an update on the current situation in Gaza and how Israel can learn from America’s past in the new article written by The National Desk! Visit link to read more: https://buff.ly/47cFjqG

Join IMES in-person on November 8th for our next event," Between Banat: Q***r Arab Critique and Transnational Arab Archi...
11/03/2023

Join IMES in-person on November 8th for our next event," Between Banat: Q***r Arab Critique and Transnational Arab Archives"! A Conversation with author Mejdulene Bernard Shomali and discussant, Mona Oraby.

Link to rsvp:https://buff.ly/3si3Bk8

What happened this week in Middle East History? 🌍On November 02nd, 1980, The Iranian Parliament voted to release all hos...
11/03/2023

What happened this week in Middle East History? 🌍On November 02nd, 1980, The Iranian Parliament voted to release all hostages taken on November 4, 1979, if the U.S. accepted the four conditions listed by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on September 12, 1980.

Are you interested in studying a language abroad? Apply for the Critical language Scholarship by November 14th! With CLS...
11/01/2023

Are you interested in studying a language abroad? Apply for the Critical language Scholarship by November 14th! With CLS students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 13 critical languages. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. Find more info at https://buff.ly/2RqoClx

Double Interview Highlight Alert🚨 Check out Ambassador Gordon Gray interviewed twice by Al Hurra this past week. In thes...
10/30/2023

Double Interview Highlight Alert🚨 Check out Ambassador Gordon Gray interviewed twice by Al Hurra this past week. In these articles he discussed the potential for a ground invasion in Gaza and the accuracy of the casualty numbers used by Pres. Biden. Visit: https://buff.ly/3QH1kZq and https://buff.ly/3tSzhNF

Last week Professor  Blechers translation of Ibn Hajar's Merits of the Plague (Penguin Classics, 2023) with Mairaj Syed ...
10/27/2023

Last week Professor Blechers translation of Ibn Hajar's Merits of the Plague (Penguin Classics, 2023) with Mairaj Syed was reviewed in Times Literary Supplement! Read this article at: https://buff.ly/498Lyxt

Book Recommendation for you... The Naked Blogger of Cairo: Creative Insurgency in the Arab World, by Marwan M. Kraidy. T...
10/26/2023

Book Recommendation for you... The Naked Blogger of Cairo: Creative Insurgency in the Arab World, by Marwan M. Kraidy. This weeks book uncovers the creative insurgency at the heart of the Arab uprisings. While commentators have stressed the role of social media, the author shows that the essential medium of political expression was not cell phone texts or Twitter but something more fundamental: the human body.

Interview Highlight Alert🚨 Check out Ambassador Gordon Gray discussing President Bidens recent trip to Israel and the cu...
10/25/2023

Interview Highlight Alert🚨 Check out Ambassador Gordon Gray discussing President Bidens recent trip to Israel and the current situation in Gaza in the new article written by The National Desk! Visit the link to read more: https://buff.ly/3Qdpits

On Thursday, October 26 at 4:00pm EST, join the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) and the George Washingto...
10/24/2023

On Thursday, October 26 at 4:00pm EST, join the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) and the George Washington University (GWU) for an in-person discussion at GWU with Yezid Sayigh and Shana Marshall on Egypt’s political economy, its faltering agreement with the IMF, and the implications of the country’s crisis on its politics and economy for years to come.

RSVP: buff.ly/46Zx80P

Have you listened to season 13 eps. 2 of the Project on Middle East Political Science's Middle East Political Science Po...
10/20/2023

Have you listened to season 13 eps. 2 of the Project on Middle East Political Science's Middle East Political Science Podcast yet?

Alice Wilson talks about his book Afterlives of Revolution & short segments Marsin Alshamary, Sajad Jiyad and Fanar Haddad, contributors on Shia Power Comes of Age: The Transformation of Islamist Politics in Iraq, 2003–2023

Link to listen:https://buff.ly/470W5Zx

What happened this week in Middle East History? 🌍On October 19th, 2005 - In Baghdad, Iraq, the opening session of Saddam...
10/19/2023

What happened this week in Middle East History? 🌍On October 19th, 2005 - In Baghdad, Iraq, the opening session of Saddam Hussein's crimes against humanity trial took place.

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