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Center for Middle East Studies Mission

Center for Middle East Studies

Our Mission

The first institution of its kind in Colorado, the University of Denver's Center for Middle East Studies (CMES) is dedicated to promoting and strengthening the study and understanding of the societies, political systems, and international relations of the Middle East and broader Islamic world, both at DU and throughout the Mountain West. Housed within the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, the Center seeks to generate scholarly research and foster public understanding of this critical and changing part of the world.

Engaging in and sponsoring both academic and policy research based on an interdisciplinary social science agenda, the Center will to produce new scholarship on the Middle East and provide a lively forum for dialogue and debate on the contemporary politics of the region. A specific focus of the Center's work is the relationship between Islamic societies and democracy.