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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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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
Religion and Populism in the Global South: Islamist Civilisationism of Pakistan’s Imran Khan

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

September 17, 2021
Crafting displacement: Reconfigurations of heritage among Syrian artisans in Amman

MESF graduate research Sofya Shahab has recently had an article published in the Journal of Material Culture. Read it here.

September 16, 2021
Interpolating Gazans' Non-Violence: Responsibilities in the Academy and the Media

MESF's non-resident member Professor Michelle Pace has co-authored this paper recently published in Partecipazione & Conflitto. Read it here.

September 14, 2021
Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh interview with CNA on the Taliban Interim Government

See the interview here.

September 9, 2021
Pakistan's Role in the Future of Afghanistan

MESF's Dr Zahid Shahab Ahmed has this paper published in the Institute of South Asian Studies, Insights. Read it here.

August 30, 2021
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)

18
May
2021
Iran’s 2021 Presidential election and book launch Presidential Elections in Iran: Islamic Idealism Since the Revolution

Iran’s 2021 Presidential election and book launch Presidential Elections in Iran: Islamic Idealism Since the Revolution

Prof John Keane (University of Sydney) Dr Sanam Vakil (Chatham House) Dr Mahmoud Pargoo (Deakin University) and moderated by Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh (Deakin University)