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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 thanks all who attended our lecture series commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Iranian revolution.

As a courtesy to our speakers given the sensitive subject matter, not all events were video recorded. You can watch the second lecture of the series featuring esteemed historian Ervand Abrahamian below.


Occasional Paper Series
Elizabeth Tsurkov

CMES is pleased to release our latest occasional paper by Elizabeth Tsurkov, Research Fellow at the Forum for Regional Thinking and incoming doctoral student at Princeton University. Tsurkov offers a detailed analysis of Israel's policy towards Syria since 2011 based on a close reading of internal Israeli politics and debate. Read her paper here.


Solidarity with Uyghurs
Rebiya Kadeer, center, former head of the pro-independence World Uyghur Congress, shouts slogans with others holding Uyghur flags, or pro-independence of Eastern Turkistan, during a protest in Brussels, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018.

CMES Director Nader Hashemi spoke to Colorado Public Radio's Ryan Warner about China's shocking treatment of its Uyghur population and why it is important to shed light on these human rights abuses for western audiences. Listen to the interview here.


CMES in the News
Nader Hashemi

CMES Director Nader Hashemi recently joined Denver's 9News to discuss the potential for war with Iran amidst rising tensions with the United States. Watch it here.