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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.

  • 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

  • On March 22, 2017, the Middle East Studies Center hosted the South Korean Ambassador to Egypt, Yoon Soon-Gu who presented, "Korea's Policy on the Middle East and the Korean-Egyptian Partnership." For more information, click here

  • Robert Mason, director of the MESC talks about President Trump's new attempt at a travel ban. For more information, click here

  • On March 15, 2017, India's Ambassador to Egypt, Sanjay Bhattacharyya, gave a presentation at the Middle East Studies Center titled, "India-Egypt: New Partnership in a New Era." The presentation covered Indian-Egyptian engagement across various spheres, including social, economic (including science and technology cooperation) and foreign policy. For more information, click here

Upcoming Events

Apr 24

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM: Happy Days (Larissa Sansour, Palestine, 2006, 3 min.) and Haifa (Rashid Masharawi, Palestine/Germany/Netherlands,1996, 75 min.) are two short films shown as part of the Palestine in Film Series. This film series is organized by the Middle East Studies Center and co-sponsored by the film program in the Department of the Arts. A question and answer session will follow the film.
Room P013
5:00 PM



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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