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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!

Coming Soon: NEW BOOK

Featuring leading scholars - and including historians, anthropologists, political scientists and international relations theorists - this book will redefine the terms of debate on one of the most critical issues in international affairs today. READ MORE

Our Next Event: December 1st

Join us and our co-sponsors J-Street Colorado for a discussion on what to expect on foreign policy in the Middle East from a President Trump. Featuring J-Street's special advisor to the President, Alan Elsner and CMES Director Nader HashemiREAD MORE.

Just Published

Congratulations to CMES Visiting Scholar Ahmed Abd Rabou on the publication of his first e-book, Civil-Military Relations in the Middle East: A Comparative Study of the Political Role of the Military in Egypt and Turkey (Arab Reform Initiative, 2016).  READ MORE.