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Middle East Studies

 

Mission

Envisioned in 2007 as an open-source PME resource on Iran for MCU and fleet commanders and expanded to align with Marine Corps needs and requirements, the Middle East Studies at Marine Corps University (MES) serves as the Marine Corps’ center of expertise on the Greater Middle East, to include parts of South and Central Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea regions, to deepen the Marine Corps’ understanding of these critical regions through professional military education and to link the Marine Corps to the broader academic, intergovernmental, and international communities of knowledge and practice in Middle Eastern studies. Middle East Studies (MES) accomplishes this mission by:

  1. Analyzing and assessing current events, regional trends, U.S. foreign policy decisions and strategies, and the cultural and historical complexities and interconnectivity of these regions;
  2. Conducting and publishing academic research;
  3. Developing curriculum and delivering classes, supporting student papers and masters theses, and offering lectures and discussions to MCU schools and other U.S. Armed Forces professional military education institutions and onboard U.S. naval vessels; 
  4. Hosting lectures and seminars on board MCU;
  5. Providing lectures and discussions to other U.S. government agencies, foreign governments and militaries, including NATO schools, and academia;
  6. Representing the MCU at seminars and professional forums related to MES’s areas of responsibility by participation and professional engagement;
  7. Building relationships and networks with sister service PME institutions and the broader academic, intergovernmental, and international communities of knowledge and practice in Middle Eastern studies;
  8. Developing and maintaining the academic expertise to ensure the Marine Corps has a flexible, proactive asset as the needs and requirements of the Corps in the region evolve; and
  9. Hosting and mentoring MCU international fellows, external interns, and Marines assigned to MES.

 

MES Events & Outreach 

AY20 MES Lecture Series: "Revisionist Actors and the International Order: A Changing Middle East"
"The Geopolitical Implications of China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative"
Ambassador Karl Eikenberry
31 October 2019, 1400-1530
Warner Hall, Marine Corps University

AY20 MES Lecture Series: "Revisionist Actors and the International Order: A Changing Middle East"
"Iran's ‘Active Resistance’ vs. the United States’ ‘Maximum Pressure’: How will it end?"
Panel Discussion
Tuesday, 5 November 2019, 0900-1200
Breckinridge Auditorium, Marine Corps University

 

 

 

 

 

MES Publications

MES Insights Vol.10, I. 4  (August 2019) 10th Anniversary Volume
In this issue:
“Innovation in the Battlefield in Iraq”
by BGen Dave Reist (USMC, Ret) 

 

MES Insights Vol.10, I. 3  (June 2019) 10th Anniversary Volume
In this issue:
“The Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF): Shifting the Regional Balance of Power from Land to Sea”
by Paul Michael Wihbey, Senior Fellow, Center for American Geopolitics Institute for Energy and Natural Resources 

 

MES Insights Vol.10, I. 2  (April 2019) 10th Anniversary Volume
In this issue:
“Revisiting Revolutionary Slogans in Iran Forty Years Later”
by Kevin L. Schwartz, Research Fellow, Oriental Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague 

Also in this issue:
"MES Elective on Israel Garners Student Support"

 

MES Insights Vol.10, I. 1  (February 2019) 10th Anniversary Volume
In this issue:
“Russia and Turkey: A New Alignment?”
by Sinan Ciddi, visiting assistant professor and the executive director of the Institute of Turkish Studies in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. 

Also in this issue:
"MES Joins The Brute Krulak Center at MCU"
by Valerie A. Jackson, Director of The Brute Krulak Center at Marine Corps University

 

Middle East Studies In Review 2016-17
September 2018

 

Monographs No. 8  (May 2017)
"The Jihadist Maritime Strategy: Waging a Guerrilla War at Sea"
Norman Cigar