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The Middle East Studies Forum (MESF) is a leading centre of scholarship on the Middle East at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University. MESF hosts world-class projects and scholarship in the field of Middle East and Central Asian studies and languages.

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Destination Australia Scholarships for international students

Are you an enthusiastic researcher keen to explore China’s interest in the Persian Gulf, and Qatar’s foreign policy making? Find out more here

April 1, 2021
A Quest for Identity: The Case of Religious Populism in Pakistan

Professor Ihsan Yilmaz co-authored this piece for European Center for Populism Studies. Read the full article here.

April 1, 2021
Creating the Desired Citizen: Ideology, State and Islam in Turkey

Professor Ihsan Yilmaz’s new book, will be available from this August. Find out more here.

April 1, 2021
Registered NGOs and advocacy for women in Iran

Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh and Dr Rebecca Barlow co-authored this pieces with Sanaz Nasipour for Third World Quarterly. Read the full article here.

April 1, 2021
Populism, violence and authoritarian stability: necropolitics in Turkey

Professor Ihsan Yilmaz co-authored this article for Third World Quarterly. Access the article here.

April 1, 2021
Why is Qatar intent on promoting GCC, US dialogue with Iran?

Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh discusses Iran, Qatar and the US with Amwaj Media. Find out more here.

March 19, 2021
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April
2021
JCPoA revival: implications for regional dynamics in the Persian Gulf

JCPOA revival: implications for regional dynamics in the Persian Gulf

Dr Andreas Krieg (King’s College London), A/Prof Anicée Van Engeland (Cranfield University) and A/Prof Mahjoob Zweiri (Qatar University)

11
March
2021
Negotiating Securitised Aid in the Fragile State of Afghanistan

Negotiating Securitised Aid in a Fragile State

Safiullah Taye, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalization, Deakin University

04
February
2021
Between Rebellion and Revolution: 10 years after the Middle East Uprisings

Between Rebellion and Revolution: 10 years after the Middle East Uprisings

Alia Ibrahim (Daraj Media), Asma Khalifa(Tamazight Women’s Movement) and Lama Fakih (Human Rights Watch – TBC)

26
November
2020
Governmental Violence and the Formation of Political Subjectivities in Syria

Governmental Violence and the Formation of Political Subjectivities in Syria

Professor Salwa Ismail (SOAS)

04
November
2020
Policy Dialogue IV: Proxy dynamics and peace in Syria

Policy Dialogue IV: Proxy dynamics and peace in Syria

Dareen Khalifa (International Crisis Group), Jasmine Gani (University of St Andrews), Christopher Phillips (Queen Mary University of London) and Rime Allaf (Middle East Institute)

15
October
2020
Policy Dialogue III: Proxy dynamics and peace in Syria

Policy Dialogue III: Proxy dynamics and peace in Syria

Noha Alkamcha (Syrian development consultant), Nick Grinstead (Middle East Institute), Malik al-Abdeh (conflict resolution practitioner) and Bente Scheller (Heinrich Boell Foundation)