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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.

Our latest occasional paper honors Jamal Khashoggi

Why the Arab World Needs Democracy Now

In honor of Jamal Khashoggi's courage and heroism, CMES is pleased to publish for the first time an edited transcript of a speech he delivered on April 26, 2018, as the keynote speaker of the 19th Annual Conference of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID) in Washington, DC. Our center co-sponsored this event and awarded Jamal the Muslim Democrat of the Year Award. 

In publishing this speech at this time, we join those around the globe who are outraged by recent events. We hope the publication of this speech will keep Jamal's ideas alive. We also hope that it will contribute to the international effort that demands truth, justice, and accountability for the tragic and senseless murder of Jamal Khashoggi.



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:


Korbel Trip to Israel and the West Bank
Korbel Trip to Israel and the West Bank

Are you a graduate student interested in traveling to Israel and the West Bank this summer? Join CMES on Tuesday, January 8, for our second information session. Funding is available for current students. RSVP here.