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Center for Middle East Studies

Center for Middle East Studies


Welcome to the Center for Middle East Studies (CMES) at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies. 

We seek to engage the University of Denver community and the broader Denver community in informed discussion on topics of regional importance in an effort to deepen understanding of this critical region of the world. We host numerous events, films, and panel discussions throughout the year; almost all are completely free and open to the public. 

We also hope to add to discussions by staying engaged with current events through our timely news & journal publications, as well as our frequent appearances on local and national news networks.

The Iranian Revolution: 40 Years Later

CMES is pleased to announce an upcoming speaker series commemorating the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran. Join us for discussions with top scholars of Iranian history, politics, and society, as well as a U.S. diplomat who was taken hostage in 1979. Korbel Acting Dean Pardis Mahdavi and CMES Director Nader Hashemi will serve as discussants at select events.

All events in the series will be free and open to the public. Details on individual events are forthcoming!

CMES Speaker Series on the Iranian Revolution

Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East

Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East is now available through Amazon, and Hurst Publishers. Sectarianization is a co-edited volume intended to disentangle the conventional argument that long-standing sectarian strife is responsible for much of the instability in the Middle East. This breakthrough publication features in-depth case studies from the region, written by some of the most notable names in Middle East studies, to push back against this conventional argument.

For a list of reviews and interviews about the book, click here.

Watch the co-editors, CMES Director Nader Hashemi and former CMES Associate Director Danny Postel discuss the book in the University of Denver's Bookchat series:


Lecture Series
Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar

Join CMES as we kick off our lecture series on the 40th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution. Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar, associate professor of International Affairs at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, will discuss research from his latest book Religious Statecraft: The Politics of Islam in Iran (Columbia University Press, 2018). RSVP here.

Meydan Film Series
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Our next Meydan film screening will be on April 12 at 7:30 p.m. in room 1020 in the Sie International Relations Complex. Stay tuned for more information!