Middle East Studies Program

Oil and The Middle East

This 60-second seminar with Professor Laurie Brand, director of the Middle East Studies Program, explores how oil companies have controlled the industry.


Check out this Daily Trojan article about our recent event with Israeli human rights researcher Noga Kadman.

USC Dornsife experts analyze Europe's refugee crisis: In this first of a three-part series, Laurie Brand, Robert English and Steven Lamy of international relations look at the underlying reasons driving Europe's contrasting reactions to refugees. The second installment looks at who is ultimately responsible for the massive exodus from the Middle East, explores potential solutions, and considers the wider consequences for Europe and the United States. Part three looks at Turkey's unexplored role in the exodus, the long-term repercussions for the United States and its European allies, and a possible silver lining.

The Farhang Foundation's Iranian Studies Initiative at USC

The Iranian Studies Initiative at USC was launched in 2010 to support the university's Persian language courses and the development of an Iranian Studies Minor.

Study the Middle East at USC!

The Middle East Studies Program (MESP) is committed to the teaching and study of the languages, cultures, peoples, and societies throughout the Middle East region. With faculty in Arabic, Classics, Comparative Literature, Economics, French, History, International Relations, Judaic Studies, Persian, Political Science, and Religion, MESP is home to an interdisciplinary major and minor in Middle East Studies, a minor in Iranian Studies, and a forthcoming (Fall 2016) minor in Arabic. The program organizes lively and exciting lectures, colloquia, conferences, and film series on a broad range of topics ranging from politics and economics to religion and popular culture.

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