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Center for Middle East Studies

Carnegie Centennial Visiting Scholars Program

Our Visiting Scholar position was made possible by a generous grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The foundation’s Fellowships and Arab Region Programs established this grant to support social scientists from the Arab world to allow them to engage with leading American universities and work in cutting-edge research centers. We were honored that our Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver was selected as one of those cutting-edge research centers. 

We had the pleasure of hosting six visiting scholars between 2013 and 2015, who have all achieved various accomplishments through their time with us in Denver. 

Rami Khouri: October 2015

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Home University:

Senior Policy Fellow with the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University in Beirut (AUB)

Publications: 

  • "Russia's Intervention in Syria & US Policy Options - A Panel Discussion with Ambassador Hill & Rami Khouri"
    University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies 
  • "How Regional Powers and Social Forces are Reconfiguring a Fractured Middle East - A Conversation with Rami Khouri"
    University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies 
  • "Arab Women and Social Change - Screening & Panel Discussion of Trials of Spring"
    University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies
  • Public lecture at the World Affairs Council 
    La Sierra University, Los Angeles
  • "Forum on Human Rights in Saudi Arabia". 
    University of Denver's Josef Korbel School & Amnest @ Korbel student group.

Ahmed Abd Rabou: January - December 2015

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Home University:

Professor of Comparative Politicals at the American University in Cairo (AUC) and Cairo University

Publications: 

Presentations: 
 
  • “The Current Dynamics of Egyptian Politics.” 
    Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy 
  • “What Awaits Egyptian Politics?” 
    Yale University 
  • “Human Rights and Civil Society in Egypt.” 
    Columbia University 
  • "Civil-Military Relations in Egypt & Turkey - A Talk by Ahmed Abd Rabou"
    University of Denver's Josef Korbel School

EMAD SHAHIN: MAY 2015; JULY 2015

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Emad Shahin joined our center during an incredibly tumultuous time in Egypt. Emad was sentenced to death (in absentia) by an Egyptian court while he happened to be here with us in Denver. Having him here during this time allowed him a platform to speak about this experience through our center, as well as offered our community an immensely unique insight into the situation in Egypt, thanks to the public discussion Emad participated in with our CMES Director Nader Hashemi. 

Home University: 

Professor of Political Science at the American University in Cairo (AUC)

Presentations: 

  • “Orwellian Times in Egypt: Emad Shahin Discusses his Death Sentence, the Sisi Regime & US Policy Towards Egypt"
    University of Denver's Josef Korbel School

george irani: April 2015

irani

Home University: 

Professor of International Relations at the American University of Kuwait

Publications:

Presentations

  • "Lebanon's Fragile Political Balance in Jeopardy."
    University of Denver's Josef Korbel School

Interviews:

Abdelfattah Mady: January - February 2015

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Home University: 

Assistant Professor of Political Science at Alexandria University

shafeeq ghabra: January 2015

ghabra

Home University: 

Associate Professor of Political Science at Kuwait University

Presentations: 

  • “The Arab World Between Revolution and Counter-Revolution” University of Denver's Josef Korbel School 
  • “Returning to Palestine: Personal Reflections on Exile, Memory and Reconciliation”
    University of Denver's Josef Korbel School 
 
Interviews

Abdullah Al-arian: August - December 2014

abdullah

Home University:

Professor of History at Georgetown, Doha 

Publications: 


Presentations:
  • “Ideology, Mass Media, Pop Culture & the Public Sphere in Egypt”
    University of Denver's Josef Korbel School
  • “The Muslim Brotherhood: A Historical Overview”
    International Peace Institute – Vienna, Austria
  • “The History of Political Islam: The Case of the Muslim Brotherhood”
    University of Denver's Josef Korbel School
  • “The Future of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt”
    University of Denver's Josef Korbel School
  • “Islamist Movements and the Arab Spring”
    University of Denver's Josef Korbel School 
  • “Answering the Call: Popular Islamic Activism in Sadat’s Egypt”
    George Washington University
  • “From the Ashes of Rabaa: History and Future of the Muslim Brotherhood”
    MESA Annual Meeting 2015

Mohamad Elmasry : February - July 2014

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Home University:

Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at the American University in Cairo (AUC)

Publications:

Presentations:

  • “Eliminationist discourse in Egypt’s post-coup media.”
    Columbia University 
  • “Egyptian Media, The Campaign to Eliminate the Muslim Brotherhood, and the dark return of authoritarianism.” University of Denver, Center for Middle East Studies
  • “Key Characteristics of the Egyptian Press System.”
    University of Denver's Josef Korbel School 
  • “Explaining Egypt’s Failed Democratic Transition.”
    University of Denver's Josef Korbel School 
  • “Constraints on the Press in Egypt and the United States.”
    University of North Alabama
  • “Journalistic Professionalism and the press-government dynamic in Egypt.”
    University of North Alabama.
  • “Constraints on the Press in Egypt and the United States,”
    University of North Alabama
  • “Egypt’s Press, the Arab Spring, and Times of Conflict.”
    University of North Alabama. (Keynote address as part of First Amendment Awareness Month). 
  • “The Role of Media in Egypt’s Coup.”
    University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. (As part of the Democracy and Human Rights in Egypt conference).

Media Interviews: 

  • Alternative Radio (2014, Aug). Interview with David Barsamian about the post-coup political and media environments in Egypt.
  • HuffPost Live (2014, June). A show about Egypt’s 2014 presidential election.
  • WMNF Tampa Radio (2014, May). An interview regarding Egypt’s presidential elections and contemporary media environment.
  • KPFA Radio (Berkeley, CA) (2014, May). An interview with Doug Henwood on Egypt’s post-coup political turbulence.
  • Al-Jazeera America (2014, May). An interview on Egypt’s presidential elections. Available here.
  • Al-Jazeera Egypt Live (2014, May). An analysis of post-coup Egyptian press freedom.
  • WMNF Tampa Radio (2014, March). A reaction to Egypt’s mass death sentences for Muslim Brotherhood members, and analysis of future political scenarios for Egypt.
  • HuffPost Live (2014, March). A show discussing Egypt’s mass death sentences for Muslim Brotherhood members. Available here