Register: Eighth Annual ASMEA Conference

Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa 

For Better or Worse? Historical Trends in the Middle East and Africa

October 29 – October 31, 2015
Key Bridge Marriott Hotel • Washington, D.C.

The 2015 conference will feature:

  • KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Prof. Samir Khalil Samir, SJ, Saint Joseph University, Beirut, on “The Fate of Middle East Christians.”
  • SPECIAL REMARKS: H.E. Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, Kurdistan Regional Government Representative to the United States
  • Roundtable discussions on: “The Spill-Over: The Sunni Jihadis of Syria/Iraq and their Impact on the Middle East Region;” “Jewish-Christianity and the Origins of Islam;” “Cultures of War: U.S. Military Training in the Middle East and Africa;” “United Kurdistan: Distant Dream or Emerging Reality?” and more to come!
  • Paper presentations on scholarly topics from Middle East and African studies, and related disciplines.
  • Banquet luncheon and professional networking reception.
  • Film screenings.
  • Displays by publishers of the latest academic titles.

Registration fees:

  • Full/Associate Members Registration: $85. After Sept. 31: $90.
  • Student Members Registration: $55. After Sept. 31: $60.
  • Non-Members Registration: $200.

VIEW the tentative Conference schedule. BOOK your hotel room at the Conference rates.  Become an ASMEA member today!

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Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa


Call for Papers: The Geo-Politics in the Middle East

Call for Papers: The Geo-Politics in the Middle East
Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia
28-29 October 2015

Call for Papers
The rise of the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq, which claims to revive the historic Islamic Caliphate, has brought to the fore intense state rivalries. This is most notable between Saudi Arabia and Iran, which appear to be locked in a number of theatres of conflict from Syria to Yemen. But other enmities have also intensified as a result of growing tensions and states’ self-perception of their regional weight. These include frictions between Qatar and Egypt, Iran and Turkey, and Egypt and Turkey. Compounding each of these is the emergence of the self-declared Islamic State and the prospects of a future Kurdish state.

This conference brings together a number of informed scholars concerned with the lacuna in knowledge that this situation has created in order to hold a robust exchange of ideas on the following key questions:

Do recent events suggest a reassertion of state-centric politics over ideological considerations, or vice-versa?
Are we witnessing the demise or resurgence of ideology as a normative tool for change?
To what extent can the reassertion of geo-politics in the Middle East be seen as a vindication of the neo-realist paradigm in International Relations?
What is the trajectory of future developments in the region?
As well as any other questions related to geo-politics in the Middle East.

Keynote Speakers Include:
Prof. Mehran Kamrava, Centre for International and Regional Studies, Georgetown University
Prof. Beverly Milton-Edwards, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, Queen’s University of Belfast
Prof. Amin Saikal, Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, Australian National University

Abstract Submission
If you would like to present a paper as part of this conference, please submit the following to Dr. James Barry ( by Friday 31 July 2015:   A title and 250 word abstract addressing one of the key questions outlined above, and a 100 word biography.

*Note that the conference convener aims to produce a significant publication out of the forum papers. Select papers at the forum will therefore be chosen and included as chapters in an edited volume or articles in a special issue of a journal.

Hosted by
The Middle East Studies Forum at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, in partnership with the Middle East Institute at the National University of Singapore and the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, ANU.
For more information and to RSVP, please visit:

America’s Unofficial Ambassador Semester of Service

America’s Unofficial Ambassadors is now accepting applications for 2016 Semester of Service programs in Indonesia and Morocco!

Each full semester program starts in January of 2016.

Applications for Indonesia are due July 10, 2015
Applications for Morocco are due Sept. 15, 2015

Follow this link to apply today!

The America’s Unofficial Ambassadors Semester of Service program is a competitive study abroad program that offers students from all over the United States the chance to earn a full semester of academic credit while studying at a leading university in Indonesia or Morocco and interning with a school or grassroots organization. In Indonesia, students earn 15 credits from Gadjah Mada University while studying Bahasa and two humanities classes and for interning 20-25 hours a week with a school or non-governmental organization. In Morocco, students earn 13-16 credits from Al-Akhawayn University and The College of New Jersey for studying Arabic, taking 2-3 humanities classes, and interning 10-15 hours a week with a non-governmental organization.

These are unique opportunities to have a different kind of study abroad experience and to build your professional skillset. As you immerse yourself in another culture, you will serve as an unofficial ambassador and have an impact at a grassroots level in an area like education or human rights.

Read more about the experiences of our unofficial ambassadors on our blog and learn more about these programs by visiting:

2016 Woolf Institute Cambridge Scholarships

Advance Notice: Woolf Institute Cambridge Scholarships – Applications for entry 2016 will open in September 2015.

Applications for the Woolf Institute Cambridge Scholarships (entry 2016-17) will open in September 2015. These scholarships are intended to support outstanding research students at the University of Cambridge who have the potential to become exceptional leaders of the future. Scholars will be selected from amongst applicants in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Their research must be relevant to the focus of the Woolf Institute – the multi-disciplinary study of relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims.

The Woolf Institute and the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust will co-fund the successful candidates. Each scholarship will cover the full cost of studying for a PhD at the University of Cambridge and will be tenable at any of the thirty-one Cambridge Colleges.

Read the blog post written by our first scholarship awardee, Rodrigo, as he reflects on his first year on the doctoral programme at Cambridge:

Applicants are required to apply to the University of Cambridge by the published scholarship application deadline (2 December 2015) []. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Woolf Institute prior to submitting their application to discuss whether their research proposal is relevant to the Institute’s focus.

For further information, contact:
Woolf Institute ( Dr Emma Harris at
Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust (