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2014 Capstone Projects now posted
The excellent Capstone Projects that IMES students completed in 2014 are now posted on the IMES website and are available for reading. To see the projects, and those from years past, please click here. Congratulations to the authors on this wonderful accomplishment -- all the hard work has certainly paid off!
Notice of Limited Summer Office Hours
Until the resumption of classes on 25 August, the offices of the Institute for Middle East Studies will be open for limited weekday hours, depending on faculty and staff schedules. If you need to reach someone in particular, please use email to schedule an appointment. The list of faculty and staff emails is 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 winter? 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 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!
To read more IMES news, please click on this link!
Check back for events in Fall 2014!
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