Student News

Traveling beyond the Classroom: J-Term Excursion to Tunisia

February 9, 2017

Brittany Landorf, an MTS candidate at Harvard Divinity School, participated in the Center for Middle Eastern Studies' 2017 winter session study excursion to Tunisia. "The trip reminded me why I love what I study so much, and I returned to campus this semester with renewed energy and new curiosity," Landorf writes. "Sometimes our classrooms can feel so far away from what we are studying (literally and figuratively); I think that immersive learning experiences like this are invaluable." Read more about her experience at the Harvard Divinity School Admissions Blog.

Why the Death of Iran’s Leading Moderate Could Strengthen Its Reformists

January 23, 2017

CMES AM candidate Amir H. Mahdavi, who is also a researcher at Brandeis University's Crown Center for Middle East Studies, writes in the Washington Post that, with the recent death of Iran's former president and leading moderate Hashemi Rafsanjani, many are concerned that current President Hassan Rouhani will be overpowered by the conservative religious establishment and a controlling Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. But Mahdavi says that Rouhani may in fact emerge stronger from Rafsanjani's death.

CMES Summer in Review 2016

September 20, 2016

Each summer, a number of CMES PhD, AM, and undergraduate students whose interests lie in the Middle East have the opportunity to travel to the MENA region for summer research and language study. A group of these students shared stories from their summer travels at the “CMES Summer in Review” event on Friday, September 16, 2016. In a fast-paced format, over a dozen students shared images and stories, and fielded questions from the audience.

Europe is Losing Track of Child Refugees

Europe is Losing Track of Child Refugees

August 1, 2016

CMES AM candidate Joseph Ataman interned at the Wall Street Journal’s Brussels bureau during summer 2016. His article “Europe Is Losing Track of Child Refugees” was published on the front page of the August 1 print edition of the newspaper. Prior to beginning the AM program at Harvard, Ataman was a journalist in London and Lebanon, and he is the recipient of the Fulbright Commission’s Alistair Cooke Award in Journalism.

Photo Gallery: 2015-16 Harvard College International Photo Contest

May 12, 2016

CMES awarded a first prize and three honorable mentions in the 2015–16 Harvard College International Photo Contest for photos taken in the Middle East region. Aubrey Stoddard (’17), studying history and government, received first prize for an image she captured during her internship at the Institute for Counter Terrorism during summer 2015 in Israel.