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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 groundbreaking research on anthropology, religion, history, political science, economics, gender, law and literature.

  • On September 13, 2017, Edison Broce, the youngest MP in Panama, visited MESC For more information, click here.

  • On September 8, 2017, Mason kicked off the new season of talks at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. For more information, click here.

  • Robert Mason is quoted in South China Morning Post discussing the latest $20 billion investment fund between Saudi Arabia and China. Read more here.

  • On August 20-21, Robert Mason participated in a second working group on 'Middle Power Politics in the Middle East'. For more information, click here.

Upcoming Events

Oct 4

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM: Cameron Bell, Special assistant and aide to former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, will offer a lecture on 'Redrawing the Map: Pipelines and Politics in the Kurdish quest for Independence.' Bell is also an associate to the CIO of leading Arab builder Consolidated Contractors Company, S.A.L. (CCC Group); and a consultant for Qatari Diar, Qatar’s state-backed real estate developer. His business writings have been published by the Stanford Graduate School of Business. The lecture will take place Wednesday, October 4, from 1 - 2 pm in Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Hall, Room 2175 -- the Middle East Studies Center Conference Room. This lecture will examine the major stakeholders at the domestic, regional and international level for the stalled oil and gas deal between Iraqi Kurdistan and Iran. Who will shape the final outcome, and through what levers of power? What are the prospects for a successful negotiation in light of the Kurdish referendum on secession from Iraq?
MESC Conference Room 2175
1:00 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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