MESA - Middle East Studies Association

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The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) is a non-profit association that fosters the study of the Middle East, promotes high standards of scholarship and teaching… Read more


Focus on Turkey
  • 30 March 2017 - Report of new initiatives to help imperiled Turkish scholars and a summary of MESA’s activities through the Board and the MENA wing of the Committee on Academic Freedom in support of academic freedom in Turkey.
  • 18 April 2017 - (Statement) Professor Richard Falk was subject to defamation and the obstruction or cancellation of scheduled talks after the release of a report, co-authored with Professor Virginia Tilley, on Israeli law and practice, commissioned by the United Nation’s Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia. (pdf)
  • 6 April 2017 - Letter to the King of Bahrain to protest the sentencing of educator and instructor Khalil al-Halwachi to ten years' imprisonment and to urge Bahrain to respect internationally recognized standards of due process and freedom of expression and association. (pdf)
  • 5 April 2017 - Letter to UAE authorities to protest the ten-year prison sentence of economist, academic and prominent human rights defender, Dr. Nasser bin Ghaith about whom CAF-MENA has written several times, and to urge the leadership to intervene promptly to reverse the Court’s decision. (pdf)
  • 4 April 2017 - Letter concerning the dismissal of two faculty members of Boğaziçi University (Istanbul) by the Higher Education Council of Turkey (YOK) on the basis that they are signatories to the Peace Petition. (pdf)
  • 31 March 2017 - Letter to Israeli state authorities expressing concern over the recent investigation of Omar Barghouti, permanent resident and BDS co-founder. CAF is concerned the allegations are political and, therefore, violate his right to movement and to non-violent political expression. (pdf)
  • 29 March 2017 - Letter to UAE authorities regarding the arrest of Ahmed Mansoor, a prominent human rights activist and 2015 recipient of the prestigious Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders. (pdf)

Annual Meeting

November 18-21
Washington, DC






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