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Transactionalism in International Relations: Turkey’s Relations With The European Union

On Dec. 5 Prof. Ihsan Yilmaz and PhD candidate Galib Bashirov published a brief on the current dynamics in the relationship between Turkey and the EU.  See full article here.

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A/Prof. Benjamin Isakhan receives funding from ARC Discovery Project round!

Many congratulations to A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan, whom together with Stanford University’s Professor Lynn Meskell, won funding from the prestigious ARC Discovery Project 2020 round. In their project A/Prof. Isakhan and Prof. Meskell will lead a Discovery Project titled ‘After Islamic

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Afghanistan’s suffering has reached unprecedented levels. Can a presidential election make things better?

On Sept. 27 MESF Ph.D candidate Safiullah Taye and Dr. Niamatullah Ibrahimi provided an assessment of the upcoming elections in Afghanistan on The Conversation. Many of these challenges remain today. Link to article here.

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New research on ‘Iran’s Asianisation Strategy’

Prof. Anoush Ehteshami has recently published new research examining the push and pull factors shaping the Iranian political stance in ‘Iran’s Asianisation Strategy’ in Iran Looking East: An Alternative to the EU? Report can be accessed here.

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MESF scholars’ article makes The Conversation’s top 5 articles Deakin-wide!

MESF scholars Professors Ihsan Yilmaz and Fethi Mansouri’s recent article published on The Conversation has made the top-five list for most read articles for Deakin in November! Link to this popular paper here.

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Heritage Movements in Asia: Cultural Heritage Activism, Politics, and Identity

Warm congratulations to our Dr. Ali Mozaffari who has published a new co-edited book, Heritage Movements in Asia: Cultural Heritage Activism, Politics, and Identity. The volume is available for purchase here.

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Launch of “Armenian Christians in Iran”

On Nov. 28 Dr. James Barry launched his new book “Armenian Christians in Iran” with introductions by prominent religious members of the Armenian community and MESF’s own Dr. Ali Mozaffari. Many congratulations!

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Dr. David Tittensor presents at the 2019 American Academy of Religion Meeting

On Nov. 26 MESF scholar Dr. Tittensor presented at the 2019 AAR Meeting in San Diego, with a paper titled “Counter Terrorism as “Performance” and the Muslim Bogey Man in Australia”.

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Prof. Shahram Akbarzadeh wins Deakin Arts & Ed. Research Award

On Nov. 25 Prof. Akbarzadeh received the prestigious Deakin Arts & Education Research Award for International Research Collaboration! Many congratulations!

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Not Dead but Sleeping, the Diverse Ramifications of Ceasefires in Civil Wars: Evidence from Syria

On Oct. 16 MESF held the much-anticipate ‘Not Dead but Sleeping, the Diverse Ramifications of Ceasefires in Civil Wars: Evidence from Syria’ seminar presented by Marika Sosnowski.  The live stream is available here.

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