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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, panel discussions throughout the year; almost all are completely free and open to the public. 

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

To keep up to date on our latest events, our upcoming book publication, and all CMES activities, contact us at and ask to join our e-mail list. We hope to see and hear from you!

The Sectarianization book is now available!

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 says long-standing sectarian strife is responsible for much of the instability in the Middle East. This breakthrough publication takes 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.

One of the first reviews of the book was done by television and radio producer Usman Butt at Muftah.  Read the review 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:





CMES Distinguished Fellow Ambassador Gary Grappo's latest publication in Fair Observer, "America's Values Should Guide its Foreign Policy" follows up his recent critique of Secretary Tillerson by emphasizing the importance of a value-centered U.S. Foreign Policy. Read here. 

Recent Panel 

Co-Editors Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel join book contributors Madawi Al-Rasheed, Toby Matthiesen and Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi at the LSE Middle East Centre in a panel discussion to combat the use of "sectarianism" as a catch all phrase to define politics in the Middle East today. Listen here.