Welcome to the Center for Middle East Studies (CMES) at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies. CMES is an interdisciplinary institution dedicated to the study of Middle Eastern politics, history, and culture. We seek to engage the University of Denver community and broader public in informed discussion on topics of regional importance in an effort to deepen understanding of this critical region of the world.
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Sectarianization: ISIS, the Syrian Conflict & the Future of the Middle East
A Panel Discussion
Liberalism for an Age of Globalization:
Terrorism, State Collapse, Inequality & Hyper-Partisan Politics
A Lecture By 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.
The conflict with isis: recent cmes events & publications
Recognizing the significance of the escalating conflict with ISIS/ISIL in Syria and Iraq, CMES is actively involved in seeking to foster greater understanding of the so-called "Islamic State" and the underlying sociopolitical factors that propelled it to prominence -- both on campus at the University of Denver and in the public sphere.
Toward that end, CMES Associate Director Danny Postel published an article entitled, "The War on ISIS: Views from Syrian Activists and Intellectuals," for the blog of Dissent Magazine , which profiles the thinking of eight Syrian thinkers and activists on the current struggle against ISIS/ISIL.
Further, CMES co-hosted a faculty teach-in with the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy on the first day of Fall Quarter to discuss the various options for the U.S. in combatting ISIS/ISIL. Featuring Dean Christopher Hill, Sié Center Director Deborah Avant, and CMES Director Nader Hashemi, the event drew an enormous crowd and was recorded by three local television news outlets. In case you missed the event, you can watch it in its entirety below.
2014 Annual Conference
What Went Wrong? Egypt's Failed Democratic Transition
The Center for Middle East Studies presents a Daylong Conference Examining Egypt's Failed Democratic Transition
Friday, September 12, 2014
- 9:15 - 9:30 am: Opening remarks - Ambassador Christopher Hill, Dean of the Josef Korbel School, and Nader Hashemi, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies
- 9:30 - 11:00 am: The Role of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt's Democratic Transition
- Mona El-Ghobashy, Independet Scholar
- Joshua Stacher, Kent State University
- Shadi Hamid, Brookings Institution
- Emad El-Din Shahin, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
- 11:15 am - 12:45 pm: Islamism, Liberalism, & Democratic Theory - Lessons from Egypt's Failed Transition
- Andrew F. March, Yale University
- Mohammad Fadel, University of Toronto
- Daniel Brumberg, Georgetown University and the United States Institute of Peace
- Micheline Ishay, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver
- 3:00 - 4:30 pm: Ideology, Mass Media, Popular Culture, & the Public Sphere in Egypt - Explaining the Outbreak of Fascism
- Mohamad Elmasry, University of North Alabama
- Joel Gordon, University of Arkansas
- Ellis Goldberg, University of Washington
- Abdullah Al-Arian, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Qatar
- 7:00 - 10:00 pm: Screening of Jehane Noujaim's Documentary Film THE SQUARE Followed by a Panel Discussion & Open Forum, Margery Reed Building Reiman Theater
- Daniel Brumberg
- Mohammad Fadel
- Monah El-Ghobashy
- Emad El-Din Shahin
- Ellis Goldberg
Video from all four panels will be available shortly!
Noteworthy Events from 2013-14
February 18, 2014: A Conversation with Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif, Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Islamic Republic of Iran