Skip to content
Welcome to the

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.

MESF Latest

News

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh was recently interviewed on Backchat. Listen to the interview here

May 18, 2021
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh was recently interviewed on CNA. Watch the interview here.

May 18, 2021
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
28
June
2021
Iran’s Thirteenth Presidential Elections: Regional and International Implications

Iran’s Thirteenth Presidential Elections: Regional and International Implications

Professor Mehran Kamrava (Georgetown University), Dr Sanam Vakil (Chatham House),, Dr Nikolay Kozhanov (Qatar University) and Dr Luciano Zaccara (Qatar University)

17
June
2021
Human Rights Watch’s New Report on Israel:  A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution

Human Rights Watch’s New Report on Israel: A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution

Omar Shakir, Human Rights Watch

27
May
2021
US and NATO Withdrawal from Afghanistan: Implications for the Future

US and NATO Withdrawal from Afghanistan: Implications for the Future

Farkhondeh Akbari (The Australian National University), Dr Niamatullah Ibrahimi (La Trobe University), Prof William Maley (The Australian National University) and moderated by Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh (Deakin University)

18
May
2021
Iran’s 2021 Presidential election and book launch Presidential Elections in Iran: Islamic Idealism Since the Revolution

Iran’s 2021 Presidential election and book launch Presidential Elections in Iran: Islamic Idealism Since the Revolution

Prof John Keane (University of Sydney) Dr Sanam Vakil (Chatham House) Dr Mahmoud Pargoo (Deakin University) and moderated by Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh (Deakin University)

12
May
2021
Theocratic Secularism: Political modus operandi of traditional Shīʿism

Theocratic Secularism: Political modus operandi of traditional Shīʿism

Dr Naser Ghobadzadeh, Australian Catholic University

15
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)