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Center for Middle East Studies


The Center hosts frequent events, many co-sponsored by academic departments, research centers, and student groups across the University of Denver. Our aim is twofold: to promote spirited discussion and research on the Middle East at DU, and to make the best and brightest scholars, policymakers, and intellectuals from around the world available and accessible to the university community.

To accomplish these goals, the Center hosts an annual thematic conference, lecture series, panel discussions, and cultural events. You can find out more about all of these here.

Upcoming Events

Sectarianization: ISIS, the Syrian Conflict & the Future of the Middle East
A Panel Discussion

sectarianization Wednesday, October 1 at 7:00 PM
Anderson Academic Commons | Special Events Room

CMES is very excited to announce this upcoming panel event co-sponsored by the Aspen Institute's Middle East Programs and the University of Denver's Conflict Resolution Institute, featuring three of the most prominent voices on Syria and the broader Levant:

Joshua Landis is the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and Professor of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma, former President of the Syrian Studies Association, and editor of the widely influential blog Syria Comment.

Steven Heydemann is Vice President of Applied Research on Conflict at the United States Institute of Peace, author of Authoritarianism in Syria: Institutions and Social Conflict, 1946-1970 and co-editor of Middle East Authoritarianisms: Governance, Contestations, and Regime Resilience in Syria and Iran .

Marwa Daoudy is Assistant Professor of International Studies at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and former Lecturer in Politics and International Relations of the Middle East at St. Antony's College, Oxford University.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Facebook event page and check out our website's Sectarianism Resources page for an excellent variety of background information from our three panelists and other scholars of the Middle East.


Liberalism for an Age of Globalization:  Terrorism, State Collapse, Inequality & Hyper-Partisan Politics
A Lecture By Stephen Holmes

Stephen Holmes Thursday, October 2 at 12:00 PM 

Room 229 | Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management (Joy Burns Center)

Stephen Holmes is the Walter E. Meyer Professor of Law at New York University (NYU) Law School, and has taught at Yale, Harvard, Princeton, and the University of Chicago. Holmes is the author of several books, including  The Anatomy of Antiliberalism The Matador's Cape: America's Reckless Response to Terror , and  Passions and Constraint: On the Theory of Liberal Democracy


This event is co-sponsored by the Josef Korbel School's Political Theory Forum. It is free and open to the public. For questions or further details, visit our website and Facebook page, or contact Douglas Garrison at 303-871-6722. For more information, including directions to the Joy Burns Center, visit the Facebook event page.