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MESF welcomes CAAR Visiting Fellow Professor Abdullah Baabood

Professor Baabood will be speaking at Deakin University about Gulf Security and Regional Dynamics on May 23. Dr Abdullah Baabood is the Director the Gulf Studies Center at Qatar University. His visit is sponsored by the Council for Australian-Arab Relations.

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Reem Sweid interviewed on ABC’s The Drum

Reem Sweid was interviewed on ABC’s The Drum in a segment titled ’These Muslims want to make Islam more progressive.’ Watch the interview here.

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Hard times ahead for President Rouhani

Shahram Akbarzadeh and Dara Conduit have published an OpEd in The Diplomat following the OIC’s decision to issue a scathing communiqué on Iran. Read the piece here.

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Is Winter Coming? The Future of Democracy in Turkey

MESF panel event: Is Winter Coming? The Future of Democracy in Turkey

Dr David Tittensor (Deakin University), William Gourlay (Monash University) and Erdem Koç (La Trobe University) will discuss the future of democracy in Turkey at a MESF panel event on May 2.

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Five ways a Trump presidency would impact Australia

Associate Professor Benjamin Isakhan and Dr Zim Nwokora have published a new piece in The Conversation. Read the article here.

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Iran: Pragmatist dealmakers in ascent

Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh published a new piece on the Lowy Institute’s The Interpreter blog on Iran’s latest political machinations. Read the piece here.

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Iran in the World: President Rouhani’s Foreign Policy (Palgrave Macmillan)

Shahram Akbarzadeh and Dara Conduit have publish edited volume on President Rouhani’s foreign policy, which brings together contributions from speakers at MESF’s 2014 Iran in the World conference. For more details, including a sample chapter, visit here

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Overcoming Sectarian Faultlines after the Arab Uprisings

Professor Mark Farha visits MESF

MESF is pleased to be hosting a seminar by Professor Mark Farha (Georgetown University) on ‘Overcoming Sectarian Faultlines after the Arab Uprisings.’ Dr. Farha is in Australia to report on the culmination of a Qatar National Priorities Research Grant awarded to MESF’s Professor Shahram

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Increasing tensions with Saudi Arabia is bad news for Rouhani and reformist Iranians

Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh has published a new piece in The Guardian on the deteriorating Iran-Saudi relationship. View the article here.

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