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Faculty members at the Center for Middle East Studies are often contacted by the media to comment on current issues in the region. To schedule an interview, please contact:

Joanne Napper
Director of Communications, Josef Korbel School of International Studies
4017 Anna & John J. Sie International Relations Complex
Joanne.Napper@du.edu
303-871-3513

This page is dedicated to collecting the various interviews and articles in which our faculty and affiliates are consulted on. For our most recent headlines, see below. Click here to access our archived news hits

2017 headlines

July 2, 2017: CTV News Channel 
CMES Director Nader Hashemi is interviewed on CTV News Channel to discuss the news that Qatar may face further sanctions by Arab states as the deadline to meet Saudi-bloc's list of demands fast approaches. Watch the interview here.


June 29, 2017: Minnesota Public Radio - "What's happening in Syria right now?"
CMES Director Nader Hashemi is interviewed on Minnesota Public Radio to discuss the latest events in Syria, changing US foreign policy, the demise of ISIS, and what might be next. Listen to the interview here. 


June 25, 2017: Newsweek - "What is the United States Doing in Syria these days?"
CMES Director Nader Hashemi gives an in-depth interview to Jen Kirby regarding the US recent actions in Syria, potential US responses to increased Russian involvement, and what might happen next under the new presidential administration. Read this fantastic piece here. 


June 11, 2017: 710 KNUS radio - "Kelly and Kafer" show 
CMES Director Nader Hashemi engaged in an important conversation with radio hosts Kelly and Kafer after a series of Islamophobic "anti-Sharia" rallies across the country this past weekend. Listen here.


May 23, 2017: CBS - "Colorado Venues Enhance Security Following Ariana Grande Concert Bombing"
CMES Director Nader Hashemi is quoted in an article discussing the local security ramifications of the recent Ariana Grande concert bombing. Read here.


May 23, 2017: KDVR Fox 31 - "Ariana Grande Concert Attack" 
CMES Director Nader Hashemi is interviewed by Good Day Colorado anchor Kirk Yuhnke on the terrorist attack in Manchester, UK. Watch the interview here.


May 18, 2017: CTV News - "Iran Prepares to Vote" 
CMES Director Nader Hashemi is interviewed by CTV in the run up to Iran's Presidential election. Watch here. 


April 20, 2017: Santa Fe Council on International Relations - "President Trump in Syria: Toward a New Foreign Policy?"
CMES Director Nader Hashemi discusses the political tensions apparent in President Trump's foreign policy towards the Middle East. Listen here.


May 5, 2017: Al Jazeera Balkans - "Iranian Turkish Relations"
CMES Director Nader Hashemi gives his view on the origins and political tensions that characterize Iranian-Turkish relations today. Hashemi's interview begins at 15:50. Watch here.


April 17, 2017: WNYC - "Getting Beyond Sectarianism"
CMES Director Nader Hashemi and research affiliate Danny Postel delve into their latest book, Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East. Listen here. 


 April 13, 2017: KDVR - "U.S. Drops 'Mother of All Bombs' in Afghanistan'"
CMES Director Nader Hashemi discusses the ramifications of President Trump's decision to drop the MOAB in Afghanistan. Listen here. 


April 10, 2017: FD Media - "Is Syria Back on the Front Burner?"
CMES Director Nader Hashemi explores the priority of the Syria Crisis after President Trump's latest missile attack. Listen here. 


 April 9, 2017: CNN - "Obama's Syria Mistake is now Trump's Problem"
CMES Director Nader Hashemi publishes his latest op-ed on potential US foreign policy after President Trump's missile bombardment. Read here


 April 7, 2017: Denver 9News - "DU Professor Weighs in on Syria Missile Attack" 
CMES Director Nader Hashemi gives brief comments to channel 9 news on the airstrike against  Bashar Al-Assad in Syria, following a chemical weapons attack earlier this week. Watch here


April 6, 2017: CBC Radio - "Syrians are Dying Every Single Day: Why Can't the Conflict End?"
CMES Director Nader Hashemi discusses the seemingly endless nature of the Syrian tragedy. Listen here.


 March 31, 2017: Catskill Review of Books - "Nader Hashemi, Danny Postel"
Sectarianization editors Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel discuss the new book.  Listen here


March 16, 2017: KUAF - "Nadi Cinema Shines Spotlight on Middle East"
CMES Research Affiliate Joel Gordon talks about Nadi Cinema, the University of Arkansas Middle East Film Club.  Listen here


February 20, 217: Al-Jazeera - "Saudi Foreign Minister's Response to President Trump"
CMES Director Nader Hashemi is interviewed about the warm reception President Trump is receiving by the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia. Watch here.


February 6, 2017: CBC Radio - "Syrian Peace Talks in Geneva - Is There Any Hope?"
CMES Director Nader Hashemi discusses the opportunities for Peace for the Syrian Crisis. Listen Here.


January 18, 2017: Project on Middle East Political Science - "Iran Today: A Conversation with Nader Hashemi" 
CMES Director Nader Hashemi converses with Marc Lynch on the state of Iran today.  Listen here.


January 16, 2017: KNUS 710 radio - "Kelley and Kafer Show" 
CMES Director Nader Hashemi engages in an important discussion and debate on the most recent peace negotiations in the Israel-Palestine conflict. Listen here. 

2016 Headlines 

December 28, 2016: Colorado 9 News - "Micheline Ishay interview on Israel and Palestine under Trump"
CMES Affiliate Faculty member Micheline Ishay speaks on the Israel/Palestine conflict and what the Trump administration might do.  Watch the interview here


December 19, 2016: Al Jazeera - "Nader Hashemi interview on the future of Syria after Aleppo"
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.


December 15, 2016: Background Briefing with Ian Masters - "The Shia Crescent is Now a Reality"
CMES Director Nader Hashemi speaks about the so-called "Shia Crescent" becoming a reality with Iran, through its proxies, now effectively in control of Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.  Listen to the interview here.


December 13, 2016: American Thinker - "Trump terror within Middle East Studies" 
CMES Director Nader Hashemi is quoted in two blog articles describing the dismay and panic many in the field of Middle East studies are feeling after the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. Check them both out here and here.   


November 21, 2016: Harvard University - "Book Talk: Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East"
CMES Director Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel, Assistant Director of the MENA Studies Program at Northwestern University, gave a lecture on their their new co-edited book at Harvard University.  Read the story here.


November 4, 2016: Denver 7 News - "Colorado authorities in contact with feds to prevent any possible hacks, terror near Election Day"
CMES Director Nader Hashemi is consulted by Denver Channel 7 for a story on possible terrorist threats interfering with the turnout on Election Day. Read the story here


November 2, 2016: Mada - "Sisi says military economy is 1.5% of Egypt's GDP, but how accurate is this?"
CMES Visiting Scholar Ahmed Abd Rabou is quoted in this recent article examining the Egyptian military apparatus. Read the article here.


October 20, 2016: Indiana Daily Student - "Professor Challenges Assumptions about Islam"
CMES Director Nader Hashemi gave a talk at Indiana University this week titled "The U.S. Presidential Election and the Muslim Question," discussing the crisis of Islamophobia in the United States. The IU student newspaper wrote about his visit in this article. 


September 29, 2016: Channel 9  News - "Reflecting on Shimon Peres' contributions"
CMES Affiliate Faculty member Micheline Ishay is interviewed on 9 News to talk about the legacy of former Israeli Prime Minister and President Shimon Peres. Watch the interview here


 September 26, 2016: National Post - "Release of jailed Canadian a sign Liberals making progress in relations with Iran"
CMES Director Nader Hashemi is quoted in another article regarding the release of Canadian professor Homa Hoodfar. Read here


September 15, 2016: The Hill - "Saudis wait for Obama's exit"
CMES Director Nader Hashemi is quoted in an article published by The Hill, discussing the current state of the US-Saudi relationship, as well as what changes we might be able to expect from the next president. Read here. 


August 16, 2016: Background Briefing with Ian Masters - "A Russian and Iranian Alliance Over Syria"
CMES Director Nader Hashemi speaks with Ian Masters on KGNU 88.5 radio, discussing the involvement of Russia and Iran in Syria. Listen here


August 15, 2016: BFM 89.9 (Malaysia) - "Trump, ISIS, the US Presidential Election"
CMES Director Nader Hashemi was interviewed on a local Malaysian radio station for his thoughts on GOP nominee Donald Trump, his potential impacts on US foreign policy, and the state of our current election. Listen here


August 11, 2016: University of Denver - "July Piogram"
CMES Director Nader Hashemi's interview with a local news organization is highlighted in DU's monthly video update, the "Piogram." Watch here


August 10, 2016: Denver 7 - "What Drives Coloradans to Become Foreign Fighters?" 
CMES Director Nader Hashemi is interviewed by Denver's Channel 7 in regards to two recent Colorado young men who were killed in Syria while trying to fight against ISIS. Read more. 


August 3, 2016: Free Malaysia Today - "Danger when leaders legitimise religious extremism, expert warns"
CMES Director is still in Malaysia, where he's giving numerous lectures and engaging with public audiences on Islam, liberalism, and radicalization. Read here


August 1, 2016: The Star - "Terrorist attack before presidential election could help Trump win"
CMES Director is quoted in another article by The Star during his tour in Malaysia regarding his remarks on the current US presidential election and its potential impacts on foreign policy. 


July 31, 2016: The Star - "Academic: No end to terror threat unless Syria conflict ends"
CMES Director Nader Hashemi is quoted in this article about a lecture hosted by the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (Ikmas) of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.


July 29, 2016: Free Malaysia Today - "Malaysia no longer a torch for Islam"
CMES Director Nader Hashemi was brought to Malaysia for an Islam, Secularism and Liberal Democracy book tour. This article details one of the many seminars he spoke at during his tour, using direct quotes from Professor Hashemi's talk.


July 12, 2016:  Edmonton Journal - "Daphne Bramham: Iran uses Canadian citizens as pawns in tense political game"
CMES Director Nader Hashemi was quoted in this article giving remarks on the recent indictment of Canadian-Iranian scholar Homa Hoodfar. Read here.


July 12, 2016: CBC Radio, The Current - "Indictment of Montreal Professor tests Canada's diplomatic ties with Iran"
CMES Director Nader Hashemi was interviewed on CBC radio to weigh in on the recent indictment of Canadian-Iranian scholar Homa Hoodfar. Read his contribution here. 


June 29, 2016: The Leslie Marshall Show - "Analysis of Istanbul Terror Attack with U.S. Ambassador Gary Grappo"
CMES Distinguished Fellow Gary Grappo was interviewed for this widely distributed radio show in the aftermath of the latest ISIS attack in Turkey. Listen to Ambassador Grappo's remarks here. 


June 15, 2016: DU Newsroom - "Concern Over Extremist Views Towards Gay Community" 
The University of Denver newsroom interviewed CMES Director Nader Hashemi for his input regarding homophobia within extremist movements. Read those remarks, along with input from the Dean of the Josef Korbel School here


June 14, 2016: Steamboat Today - "Middle East expert talks 'ISIS Crisis' and Orlando massacre"
CMES Director Nader Hashemi spoke to an audience in Steamboat Springs about the massacre in Orlando, what connection this attack has to ISIS, and more.


June 13, 2016: Denver Channel 7 - "University of Denver expert warns of more terrorist attacks and the danger of self-radicalization"
CMES Director Nader Hashemi is interviewed in the aftermath of the Orlando nightclub mass shooting for his input on the radicalization of the shooter. Read his remarks here. 


May 31, 2016: Huffington Post - "Syria's Medical and Humanitarian Nightmare: An Interview with Dr. Zaher Sahloul 
CMES Associate Director Danny Postel published this recent article with Huffington Post after his powerful video interview with Dr. Zaher Sahloul.


May 31, 2016: Alternative Radio - "The Broken Politics of the Middle East"
CMES Director Nader Hashemi was interviewed on Alternative Radio regarding the general turmoil in the Middle East. 


April 4, 2016: CCTV America - "The Heat: Muslim Brotherhood" 
CMES Director Nader Hashemi was interviewed yesterday by CCTV to discuss the politics of the Republican Party, Islamophobia and the Muslim Brotherhood. 


March 31, 2016: National Press Club Washington D.C. - "The Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act 2015 - Implications for Egypt and the Region" 
CMES Director Nader Hashemi participated in a panel at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., put together by the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID). Watch Nader's remarks regarding the new legislation designating the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt as a terrorist group. 


March 29, 2016: Denver Channel 9 - "A DU Professor's Take on Terrorism"
CMES Director Nader Hashemi was called on again by local media for his response to the latest terror attacks in Brussels, Baghdad and Pakistan. Watch here. 


March 27, 2016: Denver Channel 7 - "Analyzing the Terror Attacks in Brussels" 
CMES Director Nader Hashemi was interviewed for Denver's local Channel 7 news for his response to the latest terror attacks in Brussels. Watch his interview here.


March 24, 2016: Voice of America - "Saudi/Iran Detente May Be Advisable, but Is it Likely?"
CMES Director Nader Hashemi gave his input on Iran's actions inside of Syria, access the full article here


March 14, 2016: Ottowa Morning CBC - "Inside Syria" 
CMES Director Nader Hashemi was interviewed by Ottowa Morning CBC to discuss the increasingly dark situation in Syria. To access Dr. Hashemi's interview, click here


March 4, 2016: Education and the Arab Spring
CMES Visiting Scholar Ahmed Abd Rabou has published a book chapter inside the book titled "Education and the Arab Spring: Resistance, Reform and Democracy" Link to the book publisher page here


March 2, 2016: Fair Observer - "More Puzzling Decision-Making From Saudi Arabia"
CMES Distinguished Fellow Gary Grappo has published an article with Fair Observer detailing the inner politics of Saudi Arabia. Access Amb. Grappo's article here


February 18, 2016: European Council on Foreign Relations - "Five Years On: A new European agenda for North Africa" 
CMES Visiting Scholar Ahmed Abd Rabou is a contributor to this ECFR report on North Africa, specifically contributing observations and predictions about Egypt's President and their future. Read here. 


February 14, 2016: Fair Observer - "Arab Military Forces to Take on ISIS: More Questions with No Answers"
CMES Distinguished Fellow Gary Grappo frequently writes op-eds for Fair Observer, and in this instance addresses Arab involvement in the ISIS crisis. Access the article here


February 4, 2016: Aspen Public Radio - "The ISIS Crisis" 
CMES Director Nader Hashemi was interviewed by Alycin Bektesh regarding the current US agenda against ISIS. Listen here


January 28, 2016: Foreign Policy - "The Army and its President: To Keep the Armed Forces Happy, President Sisi is giving them Egypt's Economy" 
CMES Carnegie Visiting Scholar Ahmed Abd Rabou is quoted in Foreign Policy's latest analysis of Egypt. Read the article here


January 26, 2016: Background Briefing with Ian Masters - "The Pope's Meeting with Iran's President"
CMES Director Nader Hashemi is interviewed by Ian Masters for his daily talk show to discuss the historic meeting between Pope Francis and President Rouhani, of Iran.


January 22, 2016: Wall Street Journal - "The Two Faces of Iran's Dual Government"
CMES Director Nader Hashemi is quoted in this WSJ article discussing the make-up and motivations of the Iranian government. Read here


January 8, 2016: Syria Deeply - "The Expert View: The Saudi-Iran Rift Over Syria"
CMES Director, Nader Hashemi, gives his input along with several other Syria experts on the latest escalating tensions between regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia. Read the great piece here.