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Here at CMES, we often have a hard time keeping track of all the events we host, the number of articles, op/eds, and blog posts our staff and affiliate faculty members author, the conference presentations they make, or the media interviews they give. Our "News" page is an attempt to provide a roundup of all the recent goings on at the Center, as well an archive of the events we've hosted.

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August 15, 2015: The Denver Post - "Deciphering the Iran Nuclear Deal"
CMES Director Hashemi and Associate Director Postel were interviewed by Vincent Carroll from The Denver Post for an opinion piece regarding the Iran nuclear deal. The illuminating and fascinating interview can be accessed here.  

July 22, 2015: Background Briefing with Ian Masters - "Refuting the Idea that the Iranians got the Better of Obama" 
CMES Director Nader Hashemi followed up with Ian Masters on KPFK radio in the aftermath of the P5+1 group reaching a deal with Iran. Link to the interview can be found here

July 17, 2015: CNN - "Nuclear Deal Could Transform Iran"
In light of the historic deal with Iran this week, CMES Director Nader Hashemi published an article for CNN on how this deal actually benefits the people of Iran. Access that article here. 

June 30, 2015: Background Briefing with Ian Masters - "Another Week to Make the P5+1 Deal with Iran"
CMES Director Nader Hashemi was interviewed by Ian Masters on KPFK radio to discuss the likelihood of a deal being reached, despite the week-long extensions of negotiations with Iran. You can access that full interview here.

June 28, 2015: Cairo Review of Global Affairs - "How a Nuclear Deal Helps Democracy in Iran" 
CMES Director Nader Hashemi has published an article with the Cairo Review of Global Affairs, discussing the possible impacts of an Iran nuclear deal on the lives of ordinary citizens in Iran. The article can be accessed here

June 24, 2015: Syria Deeply  - "A Fresh Look at Long-term Solutions for Syria's Refugee Children in Turkey " 
CMES Associate Director Danny Postel was mentioned in an article by Syria Deeply, a digital media project aiming to increase knowledge and understanding of the conflict in Syria. Danny is mentioned in connection with his work with the Karam Foundation's Zeitouna initiative, a creative therapy and wellness program for displaced Syrian children. Read the article here

June 24, 2015:  Yahoo Politics - "Marketing the Anti-extremism Message to Millenials" 
CMES Director Nader Hashemi was recently quoted in a Yahoo Politics article about the U.S. State Department’s “Peer 2 Peer: Challenging Extremism” program aimed at combatting violent extremism. You can find the article here.

June 16, 2015: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy - "Decision Making in Egypt: What Has Changed Since Mubarak?"
Carnegie Centennial Visiting Scholar Ahmed Abd Rabou has published an article on the website of the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy titled “Decision Making in Egypt: What Has Changed Since Mubarak?” 

May 27, 2015: Andrea Stanton, Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies in DU's Department of Religious Studies and Affiliate Faculty Member of CMES, was recently profiled in University of Denver Magazine. Read the full text here.

May 27, 2015: CMES Carnegie Centennial Visiting Scholar and Egyptian Political Scientist Emad Shahin was interviewed by Colorado Public Radio on his recent death sentence in Egypt. Listen to the full interview here.

April 4, 2015: Current CMES Carnegie Centennial Visiting Fellow Ahmed Abd Rabou was interviewed by Al-Ahram Weekly on the US-Iran nuclear negotiations. Read the full text here.

February 19, 2015: CMES Director Nader Hashemi gave an interview with CCTV America, discussing the ongoing violence and instability in Pakistan. Watch the full interview here.

February 16, 2015: CMES Director Nader Hashemi gave an interview with Denver NBC affiliate 9 News discussing Egypt's mounting military campaign against the self-anointed "Islamic State" in Libya. Watch the full interview here.

February 13, 2015: Former CMES Carnegie Centennial Fellow, Abdullah Al-Arian, had a radio interview with  Alternative Radio's David Barsamian (recorded on 12/18/14, shortly before Al-Arian left CMES) broadcast and made available online. You can hear a segment of the interview here, with the option to purchase the whole program.

February 7, 2015: CMES Director Nader Hashemi gave a television interview with FOX 31 Denver discussing U.S. foreign policy and the war against ISIS. Watch the interview here.

January 7, 2015: CMES Director Nader Hashemi gave a television interview with Denver NBC affiliate 9 News discussing the attack on the offices of Parisian satire newspaper, Charlie Hebdo. Watch the interview here.

December 18, 2014: CMES Associate Director Danny Postel published an in-depth series of interviews and exchanges around the theme of intervention against ISIS with Richard Falk, Alan Semo, Rime Allaf, and Rafia Zakaria for  In These Times magazine. The piece, entitled "Should We Oppose the Intervention Against ISIS?" can be read here.

December 11, 2014: CMES Director Nader Hashemi was interviewed for a lengthy piece in  Syria Deeply entitled, "Understanding the Drivers of Radicalization in Syria," by contributor Katarina Montgomery. Read the interview here.

November 21, 2014: Trinity News - "The 'ISIS Crisis' Must be Resolved in Syria, says Middle East   Academic"  
CMES Director Nader Hashemi was featured in an article in Trinity News, Ireland's oldest student newspaper housed at Trinity College Dublin, profiling his lecture at Trinity's Society for International Affairs. Read the article here.

November 20, 2014: CMES Director Nader Hashemi gave an interview on the ISIS crisis with RTE Radio, Ireland's national public radio station, for the program "Drivetime." You can listen to the interview here.

November 20, 2014: CMES Director Nader Hashemi gave a public lecture at the Institute of International & European Affairs, Ireland's leading foreign policy think tank, on how best to respond to the the threats posed by the 'Islamic State' in Syria and Iraq. You can download a podcast of his lecture here.

October 16, 2014: CMES Director Nader Hashemi was interviewed by Asean Radio in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to discuss ISIS and the "Threats of Fundamentalism." You can listen to the full interview here.

October 13, 2014: Syria Comment - "Joshua Landis on ISIS, Syria & the 'Great Sorting Out' in the Middle East--Interview with Danny Postel"
CMES Associate Director Danny Postel was featured on the highly influential blog,   Syria Comment  , when Editor-in-Chief Joshua Landis reposted the interview he gave with Postel during CMES' Sectarianization event on October 1st. The interview, along with a link to Prof. Landis' article on "The Great Sorting Out," can be found  here . It is also available on the CMES YouTube Channel  and under the  "CMES Conversations"  tab at our website.

October 8, 2014: Times Literary Supplement - "Long View: Review of the Oxford Handbook of Islam &  Politics "
CMES Director Nader Hashemi was featured prominently in the  Times Literary Supplement's review of the Oxford Handbook of Islam & Politics, for which Prof. Hashemi was a contributor on the topic of "Islam & Democracy." You can read the full review here.

October 1, 2014: CMES Visiting Scholar Abdullah Al-Arian was interviewed by Jadaliyya as part of their "New Texts Out Now" author series, discussing his new book, Answering the Call: Popular Islamic Activism in Sadat's Egypt . Read the full interview with an excerpt from the book here.

September 30, 2014: CMES Visiting Scholar Abdullah Al-Arian published an article on the blog of the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS), titled, "A State Without a State: The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood's Social Welfare Institutions." Read the article here.

September 29, 2014: CMES Director Nader Hashemi gave a radio interview with Malaysia's BFM 89.9, "The Business Station," on understanding the Middle East and the rise of ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Listen to the interview here.

September 20, 2014: 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 the 'Islamic State.' Read the full article here.

September 18, 2014: CMES Director Nader Hashemi participated in an interview and discussion with Robin Wright and Marwan Muasher on the PBS Newshour, debating the role Mideast countries can or should play in combating ISIS. Watch the clip here.

September 8, 2014: CMES Director Nader Hashemi made local headlines alongside Dean Christopher Hill and Associate Professor Deborah Avant for hosting an afternoon panel discussion on the escalating ISIS/ISIL crisis in Syria and Iraq. The event, which drew a crowd of over 100 students and faculty, was featured on two local TV news broadcasts: CBS Denver and 9News (NBC). Watch the CBS segment here.

August - September, 2014: David Barsamian's  Alternative Radio program on KGNU radioaired two interviews recently featuring former CMES Visiting Scholar, Mohamad Elmasry, and recent CMES speaker, Chris Giannou. Prof. Elmasry's segment is titled, "Egypt: From Pharaoh to Pharaoh," and Dr. Giannou's segment is titled, "Understanding the Middle East."

September 3, 2014: University of Denver Magazine - "Quick Questions: Middle East Expert Nader Hashemi on ISIS"
CMES Director Nader Hashemi gave an interview to Tamara Chapman and Theresa Ahrens atDU Magazine to discuss the escalating conflict with ISIS/ISIL in Syria and Iraq. Read the full interview here.

September 3, 2014: 9News - "CU Denver Researchers Analyzing ISIS Videos"
CMES Director Nader Hashemi was interviewed for a story 9News ran on the beheading of James Foley in early September. Watch the news segment here.

August 21, 2014: Future Foreign Policy - "Syria Three Years On: Revolution, Narratives, and Solidarity"A report on the joint conference hosted by CMES and SOAS at the University of London on June 20, written by Erika Atzori, was featured on the blog, Future Foreign Policy. Read the report here.

July 1, 2014: IranWire - "From Homs to Azadi Square: Iran and the Spectacle of Syria, and Interview with Nader Hashemi & Danny Postel"
CMES Director Nader Hashemi and Associate Director Danny Postel were interviewed byIranWire's Roland Elliott Brown following the joint CMES-SOAS conference, "Syria - Correcting the Narrative, Building Solidarity," at the University of London. Brown's interview focused on Iran's involvement in the Syrian conflict and the potential repercussions for the Islamic Republic. Read the full interview here.

May 7, 2014: Boston Review - "Norman Finkelstein: Reading John Stuart Mill in Iran [Video]"
The interview CMES recorded between Associate Director Danny Postel and Norman Finkelstein was picked up and shared by  Boston Review , and includes a nice forward from Mr. Postel describing the conversation's theme: Dr. Finkelstein's experience teaching J.S. Mill's political theory in the Islamic Republic of Iran. You can read the piece and watch the video at Boston Review  here, or visit our CMES Conversations page to watch the video sans commentary.

May 1, 2014: CMES Visiting Scholar Mohamad Elmasry published an article for Al Jazeera English entitled, "Egypt's Eliminationism Policy Redux," examining that country's recent spate of mass death sentences targeting the Muslim Brotherhood. Read the full article here.

April 28, 2014: CMES Visiting Scholar Mohamad Elmasry published an article in Religion Dispatches entitled, "Egypt's 'Secular' Government Uses Religion as Tool of Repression." Read the full article here.

April 9, 2014: CMES Affiliate Faculty member Randall Kuhn gave a TEDxDU Talk at the University of Denver entitled, "How To Start a Revolution." Watch the full talk below:

 

March 12, 2014: Director Nader Hashemi and Associate Director Danny Postel published a lengthy interview with exiled Syrian dissident and activist in Boston Review, entitled, "The Conscience of Syria." Read the full interview here.

March 11, 2014: CMES visiting Carnegie Scholar, Mohamad Elmasry, published an article in openDemocracy on the misuse of media among Egypt's "pro-June 30 analysts" to rationalize the July 3 coup. Read the article here.

February 25, 2014: E-International Relations - "Review - The Syria Dilemma"
Professor Eyal Zisser of Tel Aviv University reviews The Syria Dilemma for the online journal and blog hub, "E-International Relations." Read the full review here.

February 21, 2014: Director Nader Hashemi published an opinion article in CNN's Global Public Square forum, entitled, "Why U.S. Should Care about Syria Crisis." Read the full article here.

February 18, 2014: Multiple Stories Covering Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Video Conference with CMES & DU Students
The event CMES hosted with Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif, Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Islamic Republic of Iran, was picked up by multiple press organizations and reported worldwide. The  New York Times  Time Magazine  National Journal , the  Global Post , and Agence France-Presse all covered the event and the remarks Dr. Zarif Gave. Follow the links to read each of the stories. The event was also covered on television by CNN and Al Jazeera America. Dean Christopher Hill gave live interviews about the event with both news stations.

February 11, 2014: Director Nader Hashemi and Associate Director Danny Postel published an opinion article in the New York Times, entitled, "Use Force to Save Starving Syrians." Read the full article here.

February 7, 2014: Director Nader Hashemi and Associate Director Danny Postel gave an interview discussing Syria's continuing civil war with Chicago's WBEZ Radio on the program, "Worldview." Listen to the full interview here.

January 14, 2014: Director Nader Hashemi gave a television interview with Ray Suarez on Al Jazeera America's "Inside Story" program, discussing the 'Geneva II' negotiations on Syria. Watch the full interview below:

January 6, 2014: University of Denver Magazine - "Korbel directors team up for book on 'The Syria   Dilemma'"  
DU Magazine writer Tamara Chapman interviews CMES directors Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel in a profile of The Syria DilemmaRead the article here.

December 23, 2013: Director Nader Hashemi gave a television interview on Al Jazeera America's program "Consider This," discussing the U.S. role in Syria's continuing civil war. Watch the full interview below:

December 19, 2013: Director Nader Hashemi gave a radio interview on WNYC's "Leonard Lopate Show" to discuss the escalating humanitarian crisis in Syria. Listen to the full interview here.

December 18, 2013: Foreign Affairs - "Capsule Review - The Syria Dilemma; Syria 2018"
John Waterbury, Middle East regional book reviewer for  Foreign Affairs  and Global Professor of Political Science at New York University (Abu Dhabi), wrote a short review of  The Syria Dilemma  that appears in the January/February 2014 issue of  Foreign Affairs Read the review here .

December 3, 2013: Director Nader Hashemi was interviewed on FOX News' "Defcon 3" national security segment with KT MacFarland about the Obama administration's policy dilemma in Syria. Watch the full interview below:

November 25, 2013: Director Nader Hashemi gave an interview with Denver local TV station KDVR FOX31 on the nuclear deal reached with Iran. Read the interview here

November 20, 2013: Agence Global - "Puzzled by Syria?"
Rami Khouri, internationally syndicated columnist and Director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy & International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, published a new column reviewing the The Syria Dilemma, which he considers the best text for understanding the Syrian conflict he has yet encountered. Read the full column here.

November 12, 2013: Director Nader Hashemi gave a TV interview with Al-Jazeera America's program, Consider This, discussing the poisoning of Yasser Arafat. Watch the full interview below:

October 29, 2013: The Clarion - "Columbia Professor Discusses Political Policies on Palestine"
Brandon Tate, staff writer for DU's weekly newspaper, wrote a news piece discussing the recent evening lecture CMES hosted with Rashid Khalidi, Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University. Read the full article here.

October 24, 2013: Director Nader Hashemi and Associate Director Danny Postel were interviewed by Allen Ruff on WORT radio (Madison, WI) about The Syria Dilemma. The full interview can be heard here. Please note: the actual interview begins roughly five minutes into the recording.

October 21, 2013: New York Review of Books - "Syria: Is There a Solution?"
Mark Danner reviewed  The Syria Dilemma  for the  New York Review of Books , one of the leading intellectual magazines in the United States, calling it "an excellent collection of essays" and weighing in on the multiple opinions voiced by the book's contributors.  Read the full review here .

October 11, 2013: Associate Director Danny Postel gave a radio interview with Ian Williams on The Catskill Review of Books program, discussing the Center's new book, The Syria Dilemma . The full interview can be heard here.

October 6, 2013: Associate Director Danny Postel gave a radio interview with Ian Masters on the KPFK Los Angeles program,Background Briefing. The full interview can be heard here.

October 4, 2013: Director Nader Hashemi published an op/ed response in an ongoing debate on Syrian intervention with Stephen Zunes (University of San Francisco) in the online pages of openDemocracy. You can read Prof. Hashemi's reply (as well as the rest of the exchange) here

October 3, 2013: Director Nader Hashemi gave an interview with The Real News Network, discussing the potential for renewed negotiations between the United State and Iran, and the various interests seeking to undermine it. You can watch the full interview here.

September 24, 2013: Director Nader Hashemi gave two radio interviews discussing President Barack Obama's speech at the United Nations General Assembly vis-a-vis Iran, one with Ian Masters' Background Briefing on KPFK Los Angeles, and one with Chicago Public Radio's Worldview. Professor Hashemi's interview with Ian Masters can be found here; his interview with Worldview can be found here.

September 17, 2013: The Nation - "Reading the Stakes in Syria"  
The Syria Dilemma , the book co-edited by CMES Director Nader Hashemi and Associate Director Danny Postel, was reviewed by Roxane Gay in the blog for  The Nation Read the review here .

September 11, 2013: Director Nader Hashemi and Associate Director Danny Postel were interviewed on IranWire, discussing the ongoing crisis in Syria and the potential international responses. You can read the interview in English here.

September 11, 2013: Associate Director Danny Postel joined Korbel visiting Associate Professor Heather Roff and Syrian-American activist and poet Amal Kassir on Colorado Public Television's "Studio 12" program for a discussion on the Syria crisis. You can watch the program in full here.

August 29, 2013: Director Nader Hashemi gave a radio interview with Denver's KOA 850 discussing the Obama administration's call for punitive military strikes against Syria's Assad regime. You can listen to the full interview here

March 19, 2013: DU Today - "Korbel Dean and Former Ambassador Christopher Hill Talks about 10th Anniversary of Iraq Invasion"
CMES Associate Director Danny Postel interviews Amb. Christopher Hill, Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and former Ambassador to Iraq on the 10th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq, leading up to the CMES-sponsored panel event featuring Amb. Hill and Iraqi historian Thabit A. J. Abdullah. Read the full interview here.

February 26, 2013: The Clarion - "Center for Middle Eastern Studies Created"
Clarion Staff Reporter Carolyn Neff profiles the Center for Middle East Studies and its Associate Director, Danny Postel, on the occasion of its official launch in February 2013. Read the full article here.\

February 19 2013: DU Today - "Center for Middle East Studies Looks to Enhance Understanding"
DU Today reporter Tamara Chapman profiles the Center for Middle East Studies and its Director, Nader Hashemi, on the occasion of its official launch in February 2013. Read the full article here.