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Associate Professor Benjamin Isakhan opens Defence ISIS conference

Associate Professor Benjamin Isakhan gave the opening keynote address at the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence organisation conference on ISIS on December 5, 2016. The conference included speeches by Dr David Tittensor and Dr James Barry.

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ADI launches Research Chair in Islamic Studies and Intercultural Dialogue

The Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation’s new Research Chair in Islamic Studies and Intercultural Dialogue, Professor Ihsan Yilmaz, will work to address the Muslim World’s crisis of knowledge production. Watch the video here.

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Benjamin Isakhan quoted on news.com.au

Associate Professor Benjamin Isakhan was quoted in a piece by Emma Reynolds, titled ‘Why Australia is no better than US’ in regards to the rise of Right wing populist politicians.’ View the article here

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Benjamin Isakhan interviewed on the ABC 7:30 Report

Associate Professor Benjamin Isakhan was interviewed by Hayden Cooper on the ABC’s 7.30 Report on ‘What Trump’s policies mean for Australia’, November 10, 2016. Watch the interview here

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The Middle East Studies Forum’s 2016 conference draws to a close

On November 2-4, the Middle East Studies Forum hosted the Future of the Middle East conference, with sponsorship from the US Consulate General in Melbourne. View our report and some of the photos here

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Shahram Akbarzadeh accompanies Dr Kristian Coates Ulrichsen to Sydney and Canberra

Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh travelled to Sydney and Canberra on 31 October and 1 November to attend meetings with our Visiting Fellow Dr Kristian Coates Ulrichsen at the Lowy Institute, DFAT and ANU. Read more.

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MESF welcomes Visiting Fellow Dr Kristian Coates Ulrichsen

MESF is excited to be hosting Dr Kristian Coates Ulrichsen from Rice University’s Baker Institute. Dr Ulrichsen will speak at Deakin University, the Lowy Institute, DFAT and ANU. Dr Ulrichsen’s visit was made possible by the generous support of the US Consulate Melbourne.

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Australia as an honest broker in the Iran-Saudi dispute

New piece by Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh on Australian Outlook. Read the article here

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In Iran, where have all the promises of moderation gone?

New piece by Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh on The Conversation. Read the full article here.

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