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Middle East Studies Forum

AT DEAKIN UNIVERSITY
RANKED THE TOP INSTITUTION FOR MIDDLE EAST AND ISLAMIC STUDIES RESEARCH IN AUSTRALIA IN 2020

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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Dr Safiullah Taye now a member of the Board of International Advisory Editors at the Middle East Critique Journal

Find the journal here. Congratulations Dr Taye!

January 24, 2022
Religious Populism and Vigilantism: The Case of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan

MESF's Professor Ihsan Yilmaz has co-authored an article published in Populism & Politics. Read the article here.

January 24, 2022
Religious Populism, Cyberspace and Digital Authoritarianism in Asia: India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Turkey

MESF's Professor Ihsan Yilmaz and Dr Mahmoud Pargoo have contributed to this report, published in Populism & Politics. Read the full report here.

January 21, 2022
Conference: The authoritarian resurgence in the Middle East: Counter-revolutions, reform and resistance (2/2/2022)

MESFM Convenor Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh will be partaking in this conference hosted by the Australian National University. Find more information here.

January 20, 2022
Iranian proxies in the Syrian conflict: Tehran’s ‘forward-defence’ in action

MESF Convenor Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh and MESF member Professor Anoush Ehteshami have a paper published in the Journal of Strategic Studies. Read it here.

January 20, 2022
MESF Convenor Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh discusses the militarization of Iranian politics with the Institute of Regional Studies Islamabad

See the full interview here.

January 18, 2022
10
November
2021
Iran in an Emerging New World Order

Iran in an Emerging New World Order

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)