The Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) has announced that David L. Evans; Leila T. Fawaz, AM '72, PhD '79; and Joseph J. O'Donnell '67, MBA '71, will receive the 2020 Harvard Medal. The award recognizes extraordinary service to the University in a variety of areas, such as teaching, fundraising, leadership, and innovation. Fawaz, Issam M. Fares Professor of Lebanese and Eastern Mediterranean Studies at Tufts University, was a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers from 1996 to 2012 and has been a member of visiting committees at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and...
The Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP), whose Executive Director, Mandy Terc, is a 2004 graduate the Center for Middle Eastern Studies' AM program, has launched a new Q&A series called "Voices from the Middle East," including interviews with people on the ground describing how COVID-19 is threatening the MENA region's most vulnerable populations. There are interviews with an Iranian pharmaceutical executive trying to produce medicine under sanctions, an ER doctor in Gaza describing how the blockade makes medical resources scarce, a...
The Senate voted overwhelmingly on April 10 to confirm retired four-star general John Abizaid, an alumnus of the CMES AM program in Middle Eastern studies, as the US ambassador to Saudi Arabia, filling an important diplomatic post that has been vacant for more than two years. Read the AP News story on Abizaid's confirmation.
Asher Orkaby is a 2014 graduate of Harvard’s joint PhD program in History and Middle Eastern Studies. He is currently a research associate at Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and a lecturer at Harvard Extension School. His book, Beyond the Arab Cold War: The International History of the Yemen Civil War, 1962-1968, was published by Oxford University Press in July. The book offers a reframing of the Yemen Civil War, emphasizing that it should be understood in the context of Yemeni nationalism and local dynamics, and not just as another proxy conflict in the Arab Cold War. CMES AM candidate Anna Boots sat down with Orkaby to talk about the book, his research, and his time at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.... Read more about Q&A with Asher Orkaby
Eugene Rogan is Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History and Director of St. Antony’s Middle East Centre at the University of Oxford. He is the author of The Arabs: A History, which has been translated into ten languages and was named one of the best books of 2009 by the Economist, the Financial Times, and the Atlantic Monthly. He completed his AM in Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard in 1984 and his PhD in History and Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard in 1991. Rogan returned to the Center for Middle Eastern Studies on September 21, 2017, to talk about his most recent book, The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East, 1914-1920 (2015). CMES AM candidate Blaire Byg sat down with him to ask a few questions about his most recent book, his time at CMES, and his future projects.... Read more about Q&A with Eugene Rogan
Emrah Yildiz is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Middle East and North African Studies at Northwestern University. He completed his PhD in Anthropology and Middle East Studies at Harvard in 2016.... Read more about Q&A with Emrah Yildiz
We often regard print as a motor of social change, leaving revolutions in its wake. For historians of the Middle East, this line of thought leads to the (predictable) question: why didn’t Muslims or Ottomans or Arabs adopt print? In a new episode of the series "History of Science, Ottoman or Otherwise," a feature of the Ottoman History Podcast, CMES alumna Kathryn Schwartz (PhD '15) and host Nir Shafir discuss why this question is often poorly posed, and take an in-depth look at how and why people used print in one particular historical context: nineteenth-century Cairo.... Read more about Audio: A New History of Print in Ottoman Cairo
Hassan Al-Damluji, CMES AM ’08, is Head of Middle East Relations at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He is responsible for the foundation’s Middle East strategy across program areas and serves as the lead Middle East adviser to Bill and Melinda Gates.... Read more about Q&A with Hassan Al-Damluji