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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: January 18th

With the impending inauguration of President-elect Trump, we are hosting professor and Middle East scholar Marc Lynch for a timely discussion on the future of Middle East foreign policy. READ MORE.

In The News

In an Al Jazeera interview, CMES Director Nader Hashemi gives his thoughts on what the battle for Aleppo meant for Syrians and what it might mean for the future of Syria. Watch the clip here.