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Middle East Studies Forum

AT DEAKIN UNIVERSITY
RANKED THE TOP INSTITUTION FOR MIDDLE EAST AND ISLAMIC STUDIES RESEARCH IN AUSTRALIA IN 2020

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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Routledge Handbook of International Relations in the Middle East

Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh’s book will be released in paperback in December 2020: Routledge Handbook of International Relations in the Middle East. Access the flyer here.

November 25, 2020
Professor Fethi Mansouri elected to the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

Congratulations to Prof Fethi Mansouri for this outstanding achievement – recognised as a leading Social Scientist and elected as one of 38 Fellows. Find out more here

November 18, 2020
Armenian Communities in the Middle East Today - Lebanon

On the 7 of November 2020, Dr James Barry will be speaking alongside a panel of international guests, at this event hosted by UCI Center for Armenian Studies. Find out more here.

October 22, 2020
Why the world's newest war isn't new

MESF PhD, Galib Bashirov, recently appeared on ABC The Signal where he discussed the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Listen now!

October 22, 2020
Policy Dialogue III: Proxy dynamics and peace in Syria

Together with partners Carnegie Corporation New York, MESF hosted Policy Dialogue III: Proxy dynamics and peace in Syria. Watch the full recording here.

October 20, 2020
Tunisian youth as drivers of socio-cultural and political changes: glocality and effacement of cultural memory?

Dr Zouhir Gabsi recently published the article in the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. Find it here.

October 9, 2020
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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)

30
September
2020
Policy Dialogue II: Proxy dynamics and peace in Afghanistan

Policy Dialogue II: Proxy dynamics and peace in Afghanistan

Mr Rahmatullah Nabil (Afghan politician), Mr Shoaib Rahim (Senior advisor to the Minister of Peace in Afghanistan), Mr. Shakti Sinha (MS University) and Ambassador Rakesh Sood (Observer Research Foundation)

17
September
2020
Proxy War Research: Progress, Pitfalls and Promises

Proxy War Research: Progress, Pitfalls and Promises

Dr Vladimir Rauta (University of Reading)

10
September
2020
Policy Dialogue I: Proxy dynamics and peace in Afghanistan

Policy Dialogue I: Proxy dynamics and peace in Afghanistan

Professor Rifaat Hussain (National University of Sciences and Technology), Senator Sehar Kamran (Centre for Pakistan and Gulf Studies), General (retired) Naeem Khalid Lodhi and Dimitri Trenin (Carnegie Moscow Centre)