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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 

AY19 MES Lecture Series: "Revisionist Powers, Rogue Regimes, and the
International Order"
"Iran: Building Bridges and Widening Gulfs"
Panel
7 November 2018, 0900-1200
Breckinridge Auditorium, Marine Corps University

AY19 MES Lecture Series: "Revisionist Powers, Rogue Regimes, and the
International Order: The Evolving European Security Challenges"
"Norwegian Perspective s on the Relationship with the Russian Federation and the High North"
H.E. Ambassador Kåre R. Aas &  RADM Ole Morten Sandquist, Norway
 29 October 2018, 1400-1530
Warner Hall, Marine Corps University

 

 

MES Publications

MES Insights Vol. 9, I. 5  (October 2018)
In this issue:
“Sanctioning Iran and the Future of US-India Strategic Partnership”
by Amin Tarzi, Director, Middle East Studies at the Marine Corps University 

Also in this issue:
“How Sanctions on Iran Strengthen Russia”
by Sadek Al-Rikaby, an economic and political analyst, specializing in Middle East issues 

Middle East Studies In Review 2016-17
September 2018

MES Insights Vol. 9, I. 4 (August 2018)
In this issue:
“Planning for the Gray Zone: The Yemen Quagmire”
by Adam C Seitz, Senior Research Associate, Middle East Studies at the Marine Corps University

MES Insights Vol. 9, I. 3 (June 2018)
This issue of Insights carries essays provided by the speakers who participated in the 3 May 2018 panel “Turkey: Between Competition and Cooperation” hosted by Middle East Studies at Marine Corps University. 

MES Insights Vol. 9, I. 2 (April 2018)
In this issue:
“After the Iran Protests”
by Kevin L. Schwartz, Research Fellow, Oriental Institute of the Czech
Academy of Sciences in Prague 

MES Insights Vol. 9, I. 1 (February 2018)
In this issue:
“Israel’s Cognitive War”
by Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Shlomo Brom, Senior Research Associate, Institute
for National Security Studies 

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