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2015 Capstone Projects now posted
The Capstone Research Projects of our 2015 MA graduates are now available online. Congratulations to this year's excellent cohort of MA students, whose original research took them to Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, Turkey, and the West Bank.
A very special congratulations to Ryan Greenwood and Alex Randall, whose capstone Treading Softly: Responding to LGBTI Syrian Refugees in Jordan, was chosen by the institute's faculty directors as this year's most outstanding project.
Congratulations to the 2015-2016 recipients of the prestigious Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Academic Year fellowships:
Nicole Bailey: Global Communication (Arabic)
Mischa Benoit-Lavelle: Middle East Studies (Arabic)
Kelsey Fish: Global Communication (Arabic)
Alissa Fromkin: Middle East Studies (Arabic)
Liliana Martinez: International Affairs (Arabic)
Marintha Miles: Anthropology (Persian)
Amanda Sass: Middle East Studies (Hebrew)
Carter Starling: Middle East Studies (Arabic)
The FLAS fellowship awards cover full tuition and a living stipend for one academic year. For more information visit the website of the Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships.
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS)
George Washington University is pleased to announce the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) competition for Summer 2015 and Academic Year 2015-2016. FLAS provides tuition remission and living stipends to full-time graduate students (U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents) studying the Arabic, Persian, Turkish, or Hebrew at the intermediate or advanced level. The summer fellowship is also open to undergraduates at the intermediate or advanced level of a target language. Deadline for consideration for both the Summer and Academic Year Fellowship is January 15. To find out fellowship specifics and to access the application, please visit http://www.gwu.edu/~fellows/fellowships/FLASAY.html (Academic Year) and http://www.gwu.edu/~fellows/fellowships/SummerFLAS.html (Summer.)
Crisis in the Middle East: IMES Faculty Respond
To orient yourself in a constantly changing region, you can always turn to IMES faculty. Find their opinions on recent events in the Middle East here.
IMES 2014 Conference Video
Video of the introductory remarks and panels at the IMES 2014 Annual Conference is now available here thanks to the great video work of the Project on Middle East Political Science!
Egypt in crisis
To find out what IMES Faculty Associates are saying about the recent events in Egypt, please visit this link which is a compiled list of articles and interviews.
Don't forget about the IMES Resource Library!
Have some free time this fall? Check out a book or film from the IMES library! You can view a list of all of the library resources here, or click on the image below to see the new Film Guide which contains synopses of the films, and has classroom usage ideas for educators. Enjoy!
IMES in the News
IMES Faculty Associate Shira Robinson's recent book, Citizen Strangers: Palestinians and the Birth of Israel's Liberal Settler State, received the honor of being named as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2014, as part of a list composed by Choice magazine. Citizen Strangers was also listed as one of the top 25 books of the year by the magazine. Choice had reviewed the book in September.
In the spring semester, IMES Professorial Lecturer Judith Yaphe was interviewed for the Washington Post, published articles in The Majalla and the Prism Syria Supplement, and received the Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award, highest award given to civilians in the Department of Defense. Congratulations Professor Yaphe!
IMES Faculty Associate Shira Robinson wrote two articles for the Middle East Research and Information Project, and is conducting talks for her new book at UMD - College Park, the Palestine Center, and Towson University. She also gave an extended interview with the news website Mondoweiss.
Between December 2013 and Feburary 2014, IMES Faculty Associate Nathan Brown wrote articles for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Foreign Policy, and New Republic. He has also been featured on NPR and interviewed for The New York Times and the Carnegie Endowment.
Recent MA graduate Sam Khazai (2013) co-wrote a report (with Anthony Cordesman) for the Center for Strategic & International Studies that has been cited in articles in the Huffington Post and Bloomberg.
IMES Associate Director Shana Marshall was interviewed by several publications regarding the United States' military aid to Egypt. You can read the articles from Voice of Russia, Duetsche Welle Radio, AP, and Al Jazeera America.
IMES Faculty Associate Shira Robinson's book, Citizen Strangers: Palestinians and the Birth of the Liberal Settler State, was reviewed in The National, an Abu Dhabi-based newspaper. Read the review here.
IMES Faculty Associate Edward Gnehm gave an interview to a reporter from Vocativ who was working on a story about how the overtures between Iran and Washington have also shined a spotlight on the shared policy goals of Israel and many Arab states. The story, entitled "Public enemies, private frenemies: Why Israel and the Arab gulf states both hate Iran" and which quotes Ambassador Gnehm at length, can be found here.
IMES Faculty Associate Robert Eisen was invited by the US State Department to give a keynote address to a group of Egyptian educators from Al-Azhar who were visiting the United States in August as part of the State Department's International Visitors Leadership Program. Professor Eisen's topic was "The Impact of Religion on Relations between the West and the Islamic World."
Professor Eisen gave the keynote address at Temple University in Philadelphia to a group of visiting Saudi academics on the topic of "Methods in Religious Studies in Western Universities."
Additionally, Professor Eisen notes that the recently launched MA program in Islam in the Religion Department has six students enrolled this fall, which he calls a "remarkably high number given the fact that the program was announced only in April" of this year. Congratulations!
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The Institute for Middle East Studies will resume our events in the Fall semester. Have a great summer!
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