Ninth Annual ASMEA Conference
Taking the Long View: Assessing Change in the Middle East and Africa


October 27 – 29, 2016 | Key Bridge Marriott Hotel |  Washington, D.C.

The 2016 Conference featured:

  • KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Prof. Martin Kramer, President of Shalem College and author of Ivory Towers on Sand, will speak on “The Pathology of Middle Eastern Studies.”
  • OPENING REMARKS: H.E. Ambassador Taye Atske-Selassie, State Minister for Political Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
  • Panel presentations on scholarly topics from Middle Eastern and African studies, and related disciplines.
  • Banquet luncheon and professional networking reception.
  • Roundtable discussions on “Turkey in the Aftermath of the Failed Coup”; “Iran’s Global Reach”; “Round Pegs, Square Holes: The Challenges to Military and Academic Collaboration” (sponsored by Marine Corps University Press); “Assessing Iran-Saudi Tensions”; and “Fire in the Desert: Jihad in the Sahel.”
  • Film screenings.
  • Displays by publishers of the latest academic titles.


View the Ninth Annual ASMEA Conference Schedule here and a complete list of paper presenters here. Watch the Keynote Address video here.

Check out winners of the Research Grant, Moroccan Studies Research Grant, and Travel Grant programs and Best Paper Prizes here.