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The Middle East Studies Forum (MESF) is a leading centre of scholarship on the Middle East at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University. MESF hosts world-class projects and scholarship in the field of Middle East and Central Asian studies and languages.

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Rethinking Proxy War Theory in IR: A Critical Analysis of Principal–Agent Theory

MESF's Abbas Farasoo has had this article recently published in International Studies Review. Read it here.

October 19, 2021
Afghanistan’s Political Settlement Puzzle: The Impact of the Breakdown of Afghan Political Parties to an Elite Polity System (2001–2021)

MESF researcher Safiullah Taye has had this article published in Middle East Critique. Read it here.

October 13, 2021
Instrumentalization of Religious Conspiracy Theories in Politics of Victimhood: Narrative of Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs

Professor Ihsan Yilmaz has co-authored this paper, recently published in religions. Read it here.

October 11, 2021
Political Mobilisation of Religious, Chauvinist, and Technocratic Populists in Indonesia and Their Activities in Cyberspace

MESF's Professor Ihsan Yilmaz has co-authored this paper with Professor Greg Barton, recently published in Religions. Read it here.

October 4, 2021
Why Are Some Pakistanis Celebrating the Taliban Takeover?

Dr Zahid Ahmed has co-authored this article, recently published in The Diplomat. Read it here.

October 4, 2021
Webinar: Iranian Ways of War: From Cyrus the Great to Qassem Soleimani and Beyond

MESF invites you to this webinar (20/10/21) presented by A/Prof Ahmed Hashim (Deakin University) on his forthcoming book, Iranian Ways of War. Information and registration here.

September 21, 2021
10
November
2021
Iran in an Emerging New World Order: From Ahmadinejad to Rouhani

Iran in an Emerging New World Order: From Ahmadinejad to Rouhani

Dr Ali Fathollah-Nejad (Free University of Berlin)

28
October
2021
Iraqi Women’s Participation in Peacebuilding Across Local, National and Global Contexts

Iraqi Women’s Participation in Peacebuilding Across Local, National and Global Contexts

Dr Yasmin Chilmeran (Swedish Institute of International Affairs)

20
October
2021
Iranian Ways of War: From Cyrus the Great to Qassem Soleimani and Beyond

Iranian Ways of War: From Cyrus the Great to Qassem Soleimani and Beyond

A/Prof Ahmed Hashim (Deakin University)

28
June
2021
Iran’s Thirteenth Presidential Elections: Regional and International Implications

Iran’s Thirteenth Presidential Elections: Regional and International Implications

Professor Mehran Kamrava (Georgetown University), Dr Sanam Vakil (Chatham House),, Dr Nikolay Kozhanov (Qatar University) and Dr Luciano Zaccara (Qatar University)

17
June
2021
Human Rights Watch’s New Report on Israel:  A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution

Human Rights Watch’s New Report on Israel: A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution

Omar Shakir, Human Rights Watch

27
May
2021
US and NATO Withdrawal from Afghanistan: Implications for the Future

US and NATO Withdrawal from Afghanistan: Implications for the Future

Farkhondeh Akbari (The Australian National University), Dr Niamatullah Ibrahimi (La Trobe University), Prof William Maley (The Australian National University) and moderated by Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh (Deakin University)