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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.

Join us next week!

Combatants for Peace - Coming February 20!

Our latest occasional paper is out now!

Occasional Paper 6


William D. Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy, provides a timely and crucial analysis of the far-reaching implications of the Trump administration's relationship with Saudi Arabia. Hartung explores the subject with historical depth, clarity, and sophistication.

We hope it will contribute to enhancing your understanding of this critical part of the world.

You can access all of our occasional papers here.




Sectarianization 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 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:



Student Trip

Are you a graduate student interested in visiting Israel and the West Bank in June 2018? Contact our office at or 303-871-6722 for more information on application deadlines, funding opportunities, and itinerary information.

Meydan Film Series
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Join CMES for the second screening of the 2018 season, featuring the Syrian film, Damascus with Love, this Friday, February 16 Click here for more information!