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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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Avoiding Violence: The Six Principles For Successful Political Transitions

On the tenth anniversary of the Arab Spring, A/Prof Ibrahim Fraihat published this article in the Brown University Journal of World Affairs. Read the article here.

January 21, 2021
Middle East Studies Forum 2020 Annual Report

MESF is pleased to launch our 2020 Annual Report. You can read the full report here.

January 19, 2021
Muslim communities in Australia and the ‘mainstreaming’ of outer-group suspicion and apprehension

Prof Fethi Mansouri recently published the article in Melbourne Asia Review. Read the full article here.

January 13, 2021
Policy brief: Pathways to peace in Syria

MESF is proud to share the policy brief by Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh, Dr Dara Conduit, Dr Zahid Shahab Ahmed and Dr William Gourlay. Access the brief here.

January 7, 2021
Policy brief: Forging a durable peace in Afghanistan

MESF is proud to share the policy brief by Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh, Dr Dara Conduit, Dr Zahid Shahab Ahmed and Dr William Gourlay. Access the brief here.

January 7, 2021
Tunisian youth: Demands for dignity in the context of challenging socio-political and economic upheaval

Dr Zouhir Gabsi recently published an article in issue I/2021 of Orient, the German Journal for Politics, Economics and Culture of the Middle East. Read the article here.

January 6, 2021
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November
2020
Governmental Violence and the Formation of Political Subjectivities in Syria

Governmental Violence and the Formation of Political Subjectivities in Syria

Professor Salwa Ismail (SOAS)

04
November
2020
Policy Dialogue IV: Proxy dynamics and peace in Syria

Policy Dialogue IV: Proxy dynamics and peace in Syria

Dareen Khalifa (International Crisis Group), Jasmine Gani (University of St Andrews), Christopher Phillips (Queen Mary University of London) and Rime Allaf (Middle East Institute)

15
October
2020
Policy Dialogue III: Proxy dynamics and peace in Syria

Policy Dialogue III: Proxy dynamics and peace in Syria

Noha Alkamcha (Syrian development consultant), Nick Grinstead (Middle East Institute), Malik al-Abdeh (conflict resolution practitioner) and Bente Scheller (Heinrich Boell Foundation)

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September
2020
Policy Dialogue II: Proxy dynamics and peace in Afghanistan

Policy Dialogue II: Proxy dynamics and peace in Afghanistan

Mr Rahmatullah Nabil (Afghan politician), Mr Shoaib Rahim (Senior advisor to the Minister of Peace in Afghanistan), Mr. Shakti Sinha (MS University) and Ambassador Rakesh Sood (Observer Research Foundation)

17
September
2020
Proxy War Research: Progress, Pitfalls and Promises

Proxy War Research: Progress, Pitfalls and Promises

Dr Vladimir Rauta (University of Reading)

10
September
2020
Policy Dialogue I: Proxy dynamics and peace in Afghanistan

Policy Dialogue I: Proxy dynamics and peace in Afghanistan

Professor Rifaat Hussain (National University of Sciences and Technology), Senator Sehar Kamran (Centre for Pakistan and Gulf Studies), General (retired) Naeem Khalid Lodhi and Dimitri Trenin (Carnegie Moscow Centre)