2017 Apr 19

Syria-- What Next?

4:00pm to 6:00pm


CMES, Rm 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA 02138

A CMES discussion about the recent events in Syria


Roger OwenSyria map
A.J. Meyer Professor of Modern Middle East History, Emeritus, Department of History, Harvard University, and

Melani Cammett
Professor of Government, Harvard University; Faculty Affiliate, Belfer Center's Middle East Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School

2017 Apr 13

Refugees and Migrants: A Comparative Study of Response--The UN, Government and Civil Society

4:00pm to 6:00pm


CGIS Knafel 262, 1737 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA

The WCFIA/CMES Middle East Seminar presents

Karen AbuZaydKaren AbuZayd
Commissioner, UN Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry on Syria; and former Special Adviser to the Secretary General for the Global Summit on Refugees and Migrants, 2016

2017 Mar 20

al Bustani's Arabic Encyclopedia (1870s-1880s) and the Global Production of Knowledge in the Late Ottoman Levant

4:00pm to 6:00pm


Robinson Hall, Lower Level Library, Harvard Yard, 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

The Weatherhead Initiative on Global History presents

Ilham Khuri Makdisi
Associate Professor, Northeastern University

Commentator: Leila Fawaz, Issam M. Fares Professor of Lebanese & Eastern Mediteranean Studies, Tufts University
Graduate student commentator: Joan Chaker, PhD Candidate in History

Jocelyne Cesari Discusses Role of Islam in ISIS

February 17, 2016

Center for Middle Eastern Studies faculty affiliate Jocelyne Cesari, a visiting professor of Religion and Politics at the Harvard Divinity School, discussed the politicization of Islam by the Islamic State at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies on Tuesday February 16. Read about her talk in the Harvard Crimson.

Helen Zughaib Migrations

The Everyday Dignity of Helen Zughaib’s Refugees

February 9, 2017

Lebanese-American artist Helen Zughaib's work is on display this month at CGIS, under the auspices of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Her paintings have been displayed widely in public collections, at the White House, the Library of Congress, and elsewhere; they often lend themselves to diplomatic optimism, even as they depict people in desperate situations: fleeing catastrophe in Syria, leaving home to emigrate to America, selling tiny items in the street to feed their families.

2017 Feb 09

POSTPONED: The Middle East: Articulating a Way Forward

4:00pm to 6:00pm


CGIS Knafel 262, 1737 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA

The WCFIA/CMES Middle East Seminar presents

HE Ambassador Dina KawarDina Kawar
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United States; former Permanent Representative of Jordan to the United Nations

PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED due to weather. It will be rescheduled for the 2017-18 academic year.

Swift Response to Trump Immigration Order

January 30, 2017

The Trump administration’s executive order banning refugees and immigrants from seven majority Muslim nations from entering the United States for at least several months has stirred a hornet’s nest of concern internationally, including at Harvard. Among other actions, Harvard President Drew Faust unveiled a plan for Harvard to appoint a full-time Muslim chaplain, with a search committee to be chaired by Harvard Divinity School Professor and Committee on Middle East Studies faculty member Ousmane Kane. Read more in the Harvard Gazette.

2017 Jan 25

Population, Generation and Nation: Understanding the Arab World Through Demography

4:15pm to 5:45pm


Darman Seminar Rm, 1st floor, Taubman Bldg, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School

The Harvard Kennedy School Middle East Initiative and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies present

Philippe FarguesFargues
Professor, Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute; Associate, Harvard Kennedy School.