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Center for the Study of the Middle East Panel
Welcome CSME
A Message from the Director
Photo of Director Ambassador Istrabadi

Welcome to the Indiana University Center for the Study of the Middle East (CSME), a Title VI Comprehensive National Resource Center. This is a particularly prestigious designation, conferred by the US Department of Education, and shared by CSME and only 14 other Middle East centers at universities across the United States. With some 100 members of the IUB faculty located in the College of Arts and Sciences and six professional schools, CSME promotes multi- and inter-disciplinary knowledge of the Middle East by supporting academic programs, scholarship, public outreach, and support for educators and students at all levels. The Middle East has long been a center of political, cultural, religious and linguistic fascination. It is of tremendous importance to the vital strategic interests of the U.S., and never more so than at this moment of unrest and turmoil across the region. Read More

Spotlight Videos

"States of Palestine at the International Arena: A Discussion on Current Events in Palestine" - A Lecture by Dr. Riyad H. Mansour, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations


Jan. 20, 2015


"Negotiating in Civil Conflict: Constitutional Construction and Imperfect Bargaining in Iraq" - A lecture by Professor Haider Ala Hamoudi, University of Pittsburgh School of Law


Feb. 26, 2015





CSME Founding Director Feisal Amin Rasoul Istrabadi named to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Indiana University Bloomington faculty members Feisal Amin Rasoul Istrabadi, Robert M. Nosofsky and Roger M. Temam have been selected for membership in one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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