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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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November 20: 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: 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: 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 1: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.

May 1: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 21: 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 11: 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: 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: 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:

December 23: 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: 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 3: 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: 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 12: 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 24: 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 11: 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.

Ocotber 6: 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: 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: 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: 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 11: 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, or in Farsi here.

September 11: 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: 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