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Counter-extremism in Pakistan: success or falling short?

MESF Research Fellow Dr Zahid Shahab Ahmed published new work in Peace Direct’s Insight on Conflict. View the piece here.

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The long game: Five years of simulating the Middle East

New paper by Dr Mat Hardy and A/Prof Sally Totman on their ground-breaking in-class simulations in the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology. Read here.

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Deakin students return from 2016 Middle East Studies Tour

In November 2016 Dr Mat Hardy and A/Prof Sally Totman Marshall took 24 undergraduates majoring in Middle East Studies to Jordan and Qatar. Read more.

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Women and Iran’s elections: ‘This is not the atmosphere for change’

New work by Dr Rebecca Barlow in the Lowy Institute’s The Interpreter on women in Iran’s upcoming elections. Read the piece here.

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Deakin Arabic students return from Oman

A/Prof Hakeem Kasem led 30 Arabic In-country Program students to Oman for classes at Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic to Non-native Speakers from Nov 2016 to Jan 2017.

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Iran reaps the benefits, as US and Saudi Flounder in ME

New piece by Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh published on Informed Comment. Read here

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Impact and significance of the 2016 ‘Campaign to Change the Male Face of Parliament’ in Iran

New paper by Rebecca Barlow in Social Movement Studies. Read the full paper here

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Dr Zahid Shahab Ahmed interviewed on SBS Urdu

MESF’s Dr Zahid Shahab Ahmed was interviewed by SBS Urdu on Pakistan’s efforts at curbing extremism. Listen here.

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EU-Turkey relations: A decade of reversals

New work by Professor Ihsan Yilmaz on Turkey-EU relations published in the Lowy Institute’s The Interpreter. Read the piece here.

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Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh interviewed on ABC News Radio

Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh was interviewed on ABC News Radio on December 14 about the impact that an ISIS retreat could have on regional security. Listen here

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