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Middle East Studies Forum

AT DEAKIN UNIVERSITY
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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.

 MESF Conference 2024

The Middle East After the War on Gaza: Navigating the Impact of Regional Rivalries, the US Mid-East Policy, and the Future of Authoritarianism

October 7-8, 2024
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TRT - Is Masoud Pezeshkian a game changer in Iran presidential election?

Voting is underway in Iran’s snap presidential election. The country is choosing a successor to Ebrahim Raisi, who died in a helicopter crash last month. Shahram Akbarzadeh, professor of Middle East Politics at Deakin University explains.  Watch Now

June 28, 2024
Iran’s Snap Election Casts a Long Shadow Over the State

Another suspected Israeli missile attack has struck the Iranian embassy in Syria, killing a number of Iranian generals. The strike is being seen as a dramatic escalation in tensions between Israel and Iran and could hold far-reaching implications for the region.  Listen

June 27, 2024
The Conversation - Iran’s presidential hopefuls are all on X and Instagram – despite the fact most social media platforms are banned

Another suspected Israeli missile attack has struck the Iranian embassy in Syria, killing a number of Iranian generals. The strike is being seen as a dramatic escalation in tensions between Israel and Iran and could hold far-reaching implications for the region.  Listen

June 26, 2024
Ten Years After the Islamic State Conquered Mosul

Another suspected Israeli missile attack has struck the Iranian embassy in Syria, killing a number of Iranian generals. The strike is being seen as a dramatic escalation in tensions between Israel and Iran and could hold far-reaching implications for the region.  Listen

June 3, 2024
Morning Wave in Busan - The Future of Iran

Iran President Ebrahim Raisi was killed in a helicopter crash along with the foreign minister and other officials on the 19th, local time. Raisi had been tipped as a possible successor to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Iran has spent decades supporting armed groups and militants in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and the Palestinian territories, and so this recent death is expected to reverberate across the Middle East.  Watch Now

May 27, 2024
Iran in the Middle East: Building Bridges or Expanding Influence?

On 22 April 2024, Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh moderated an international webinar on Iran in the Middle East. This session was co-hosted by the Middle East Council on Global Affairs (Doha) an the Middle East Studies Forum at Deakin University.  The panel included Dr Azadeh Zamirirad, Deputy Head of Africa and the Middle East, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Prof Mehran Kamrava, Professor of Government, Georgetown University in Qatar & Director of Iranian Studies

April 23, 2024
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October
2024
MESF Conference 2024: The Middle East After the War on Gaza

The Middle East After the War on Gaza: Navigating the Impact of Regional Rivalries, the US Position, and the Future of Authoritarianism

27
May
2024
Why Peace Education Fails: Problematising Peace Curricula in the Middle East

Why Peace Education Fails: Problematising Peace Curricula in the Middle East

Maliheh Rezaei

22
April
2024
Iran in the Middle East: Building Bridges or Expanding Influence?

Iran in the Middle East: Building Bridges or Expanding Influence?Webinar:

Azadeh Zamirirad, Hamidreza Azizi, Mehran Kamrava, Shahram Akbarzadeh (Moderator)

05
April
2024
Iran and the West | A Non-Western Approach to Foreign Policy

Iran and the West | A Non-Western Approach to Foreign Policy

Dr. Andrew Thomas

14
March
2024
A Day in the Life of Abed Salama; Nathan Thrall in conversation with Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh

A Day in the Life of Abed Salama; Nathan Thrall in conversation with Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh

Nathan Thrall

16
November
2023
Strategic Digital Information Operations, Democracy and Social Cohesion

Strategic Digital Information Operations, Democracy and Social Cohesion

Professor Ihsan Yilmaz, Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh