Arabian Peninsula

Rosie Bsheer Mecca keynote

Reflecting on the Many Faces of Mecca, the Lived City

June 28, 2019

“Mecca is lived, experienced, and documented differently by different people,” began Rosie Bsheer, Assistant Professor of History at Harvard and author of the forthcoming “Archive Wars: Spectacle, Speculation, and the Politics of History in Saudi Arabia,” in her keynote address to the colloquium Mecca: The Lived City, hosted by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies in May.

Mecca is characterized by plurality. In two days of lectures, speakers drew on academic, professional, and personal experiences to explore disparate visions of Mecca. The city’s social,...

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Belfer Center in Riyadh April 2018

Middle East Dialogue: Students Explore Saudi Arabia, Share Research on Security

July 9, 2018
In early April, Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, Director of the Intelligence Project at the Belfer Center for International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School, led a delegation of 11 Harvard graduate students to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Consisting of students drawn from across the Kennedy School and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the delegation marked the first official visit for the Belfer Center’s Saudi and Gulf Cooperation Council Security Project to Saudi Arabia. CMES AM student Oliver McPherson-Smith wrote about the experience in the ... Read more about Middle East Dialogue: Students Explore Saudi Arabia, Share Research on Security
Doherty, Paradoxes of Green

Paradoxes of Green

November 29, 2017
Paradoxes of Green: Landscapes of a City-State, by CMES Steering Committee member Gareth Doherty, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and director of the Master in Landscape Architecture Program at the Graduate School of Design, has been named one of the top ten books of 2017 by the American Society of Landscape Architects blog THE DIRT. Reviewer Aaron King calls the book "a successful hybrid of landscape writing and... Read more about Paradoxes of Green