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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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Reopening the Kartarpur Corridor: Tangible Benefits for Indo-Pak Ties

Dr Zahid Shahab Ahmed has written this brief, published by the Institute of South Asian Studies. Read it here.

December 1, 2021
Securitisation via functional actors and authoritarian resilience: collapse of the Kurdish peace process in Turkey

Professor Ihsan Yilmaz co-authored this article, published in the Australian Journal of Political Science. Read it here.

November 30, 2021
To Think is to Dream: An Iraqi Perspective

Dr Hadeel Abdelhameed has co-authored this article published in 1001 Iraqi Thoughts. Read the article here.

November 29, 2021
The China Model and Its Detractors in Iran

MESF Convenor Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh & Dr Marmoud Pargoo have had their article published in Middle East Policy. Read it here.

November 22, 2021
The Abraham Accords and Pakistan

MESF's Dr Zahid Shahab Ahmed co-authored this article, published in Middle East Policy. Read it here.

November 22, 2021
Settler Colonialism (Without Settlers) and Slow Violence in the Gaza Strip

MESF's Professor Michelle Pace has co-authored this article, published in Partecipazione & Conflitto. Read it here.

November 17, 2021
10
November
2021
Iran in an Emerging New World Order

Iran in an Emerging New World Order

Dr Ali Fathollah-Nejad (Free University of Berlin)

28
October
2021
Iraqi Women’s Participation in Peacebuilding Across Local, National and Global Contexts

Iraqi Women’s Participation in Peacebuilding Across Local, National and Global Contexts

Dr Yasmin Chilmeran (Swedish Institute of International Affairs)

20
October
2021
Iranian Ways of War: From Cyrus the Great to Qassem Soleimani and Beyond

Iranian Ways of War: From Cyrus the Great to Qassem Soleimani and Beyond

A/Prof Ahmed Hashim (Deakin University)

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)