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Prof Akbarzadeh interviewed on ABC PM

Prof Akbarzadeh discussed the life sentence given to Durham University PhD student Matthew Hedges on ABC PM. Listen here.

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Political Participation of Islamists in Syria

Dr Dara Conduit has published a new article in the Journal of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations on the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood’s mid-century democratic experiment. Read it here.

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MESF Trump and the Middle East conference draws to a close

The Middle East Studies Forum hosted its third biennial Middle East studies conference at Deakin University’s Burwood campus from 29-31 October 2018. Read more.

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Taliban Attacks on Hazara Communities Raise Fear of Mass Atrocities

MESF PhD candidate Abbas Farasoo published an OpEd in My Fair Observer on the ongoing Taliban campaign in central Afghanistan. Read it here.

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Great Power-Middle Power Dynamics: The Case of China and Iran

Dr Dara Conduit and Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh have published a new paper in the Journal of Contemporary China on China-Iran relations in the Belt and Road Initiative era. A free copy of the full text can be downloaded from here (first 50 downloads only).

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Dr Ali Mozaffari’s book now available in paperback

Dr Ali Mozaffari’s book World Heritage in Ian: Perspectives on Pasargadae has been released in paperback. It can be purchased here.

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New Opposition in the Middle East

Dr Dara Conduit and Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh published a new edited volume with Palgrave Macmillan on how oppositions in the Middle East have changed since 2009 and 2011. It is available for purchase here.

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Precious antiquities back on display in Syria

Listen to A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan’s comments on the reopening of the Damascus Museum on ABC here.

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Impact of the CPEC on Nation-Building in Pakistan

Dr Zahid Shahab Ahmed published a new piece on the Belt and Road project in the Journal of Contemporary China. Read it here.

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MESF researchers receive Carnegie Corporation grant

Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh, Dr Dara Conduit and Dr Zahid Shahab Ahmed received a grant from the Carnegie Corporation to investigate the role played by foreign actors in the Syrian and Afghan conflicts. Watch the launch or read about the new project.

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