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Center for Middle East Studies

Center for Middle East Studies


Welcome to the Center for Middle East Studies (CMES) at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies. 

We seek to engage the University of Denver community and the broader Denver community in informed discussion on topics of regional importance in an effort to deepen understanding of this critical region of the world. We host numerous events, films, panel discussions throughout the year; almost all are completely free and open to the public. 

We also hope to deepen the discussions that are happening by staying engaged with current events through our timely news & journal publications, as well as our frequent appearances on local and national news networks.

To keep up to date on our latest events, our upcoming book publication, and all CMES activities, contact us at and ask to join our e-mail list. We hope to see and hear from you! 

Book: Sectarianization

We are thrilled to announce that our latest book publication, Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East will be available for purchase in March 2017. Learn more here.

In The News

CMES Director Nader Hashemi is interviewed by CBC Radio about opportunities for peace in the Syrian Crisis.  Listen here.