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The Middle East Studies program and the Middle East Center seek to strengthen an understanding of the Middle East in all sectors of American society through training and research at the University of Washington, as well as through delivery of outreach programming across the nation.

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Lindsay Church Lindsay Church, a Middle East Studies MA student, presented a paper titled "The Weaponization of Water in the Euphrates-Tigris Basin" at a February conference in Washington, D.C. sponsored by the PILPG Law Firm on Weaponizing Water: The Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. Assisting with the research for the paper were: Jesse Lamp. Middle East Studies MA program, and Josee Goldin, School of Engineering. Nadim Damluji, a Law School student also presented a paper at the same conference titled: "Islamic State Control of Watercourses in Syria and Iraq." Both are the students of Professor Frederick (Rick) Lorenz, Jackson School and their research is a culmination of work they began while taking his "Water and Security in the Middle East" course at the Jackson School.
Arab Spring Protesters in Egypt Ellis Goldberg, Director of the Middle East Center and Professor
Emeritus of Political Science will present a public lecture titled
"The Urban Roots of the Arab Spring" at the Institut francaise du Proche-Orient, Beirut, Lebanon, on March 19, 2015.
David Fenner, Affiliate Faculty, Middle East Center, introduced the Center's new "Bridging Cultures" project to a group of 120 K-8 educators at the February 7, 2015 Washington State Council for the Social Studies K-8 Winter Conference titled "Global Issues/Local Connections." Fenner's presentation was titled "Muslims in Our Classrooms" Differences, Challenges, and Expectations."
Frances Wilson, International Studies and Mathematics major, served an internship at the Marine Corps University last summer working on issues related to the Arab Spring. His research has just been published in an article titled "Outsourcing Repression: The Impact of Foreign Fighters on the Arab Spring" in the Journal of Undergraduate International Studies, 17 (Fall, 2014): 86-97, published by the University of Wisconsin. Wilson also serves as the Co-Editor in Chief of the Jackson School Journal of International Studies.
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