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Middle East Studies

The Middle East Studies Center (MESC) is part of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at The American University in Cairo.

AUC is a member of the Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies.

MESC supports research, teaching and outreach across a range of disciplines. MESC administers the BA, Diploma and MA program in Middle East Studies, whose alumni span academia, the private sector, NGOs and government service. Through a variety of curricular and extracurricular activities, we aim to build on our international reputation and location as a natural hub for Middle Eastern studies.

Our organization and participation in conferences, lectures, and workshops serve to present ground breaking research on anthropology, religion, history, political science, economics, gender, law and literature.

  • Call for papers for the conference titled, Economic Integration and Marginalization of Refugees in the Contemporary Middle East. For more information, click here

  • Ambassador Aly Erfan, PoP at GAPP, with the help of Jessie Steinhauer and Hany Luke from MESC, has developed a document-based compendium for the Syrian crisis: "The Syria Reader." For more information, click here

  • On May 10, 2017, H.E. Helmy Fauzy, Indonesia's Ambassador to Egypt, gave a talk titled "Egypt-Indonesia Relations: Towards Strategic Partnership Amidst Global Uncertainty." For more information, click here

  • On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, MESC hosted Shoqi Maktary, a former Fulbright scholar, expert on conflict transformation and peacebuilding, and Yemen country director for the nonprofit, Search for Common Ground,who gave a lecture titled, “Building Peace in Yemen." For more information, click here

  • New course by Ambassador Aly Erfan offered in Fall 2017, MEST 5280-01: Analysis of the Role of the UN and the Arab League in Middle East Conflicts: Case Studies. For more information, click here

  • On March 22, 2017, Robert Mason from the Middle East Studies Center acted as moderator for a presentation "Japan-Arab Academic Dialogue Towards Stability in the Middle East" given by Professor Eiji Nagasawa from the University of Tokyo. For more information, click here

Upcoming Events

Aug 27

All day event: Egyptian History, Government and International Relations of the Middle East (with Arabic) Summer School 2017 Summary This is a one-week residential summer school tackling Egyptian history, government and international relations of the modern Middle East. Transport from/to Cairo International AirportBus tour of Cairo from 6 pm on Saturday, August 26AUC campus guide and AUC ID (day one)Refreshments (lunch and dinner is available on/near campus at an extra cost)Providing an overview of nineteenth century Egyptian historyA daily Arabic learning program at the basic or intermediate levelAn opportunity to study in Egypt at the Middle East Studies Center and in the Department for Arabic Language Instruction (ALI) at the AUC New Cairo campusThe course is on a NOT FOR CREDIT basisThere is no application feeThe summer school fee is $1,000 (including on-campus accommodation)The application deadline is June 15, 2017 The academic program consists of Small groups with a specialist tutor with subject specialists including Michael Reimer, Maha Ghalwash, Robert Mason, Aly Erfan and select faculty from the ALIFor more information please click on the link below:
All Day

Sep 16

All day event: The Graduate Student Conference is titled 'Economic Integration and Marginalization of Refugees in the Contemporary Middle East' and will be on September 16, 2017.
AUC New Cairo
All Day

Contact Information

Middle East Studies Center
Tel (+20) 02 2615 1746/1757 •
AUC Avenue • P.O. Box 74 • New Cairo, 11835, Egypt

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