Welcome to the official website of the Middle Eastern Studies Students Association at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar. We look forward to engaging with you on issues in Middle Eastern affairs.


Who We Are

The Middle Eastern Studies Student Association (MESSA) serves to voice undergraduate research that is conducted at Georgetown University, whether in Qatar or the United States, and concerns issues which are pivotal to Middle Eastern affairs. Striving to foster and enhance undergraduate research, MESSA enables students, from Georgetown University and across the globe, to voice their research and facilitates a breadth and depth of discussion about respective economic, political and social affairs.


What We Do

• Organize an annual undergraduate conference on Middle Eastern Studies that enables students from universities across the globe to voice, discuss and enhance their research concerning the Middle East.

• Publish an annual academic journal of Middle Eastern Studies that presents undergraduate research concerning the Middle East through conference papers, and independently solicited essays.

• Build awareness about and spark interest in the Certificate of Arab and Regional Studies, offered at Georgetown University, and the range of regional issues, which it has and continues to illuminate.

• Connect thoughtful undergraduates with leaders from academia, as well as the private, public and nonprofit sectors within and beyond the Middle East, to allow for the sharing and enhancing of ideas.

Undergraduate Conference

دعوة لتسليم أوراق البحث والأعمال الفنية

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إلى من يهمه الأمر: تدعو رابطة دراسات الشرق الأوسط في كلية الشؤون الدولية بجامعة جورجتاون في قطر الطلاب الجامعيين المؤهلين لأن يقدموا أوراق بحثهم وأعمالهم الفنية لعرضها في المؤتمر الطلابي الرابع لدراسات الشرق الأوسط، على أن تتناول موضوعات متعلقة بعنوان المؤتمر لهذه السنة، وهو تقليص الفجوة: المحادثة بين الدولة والمواطن في الشرق الأوسط. تطمح الرابطة، من خلال تعزيز ثقافة البحوث الطلابية، إلى أن تقدم منبراً حيوياً يمّكن الطلاب من تقديم أعمالهم، بالإضافة إلى تهيئة فرص لمحادثات أكاديمية وتبادل وجهات النظر، بالإضافة إلى مناقشات تتعلق بالمسائل…

Call for Submissions

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To Whom It May Concern,   The Middle Eastern Studies Student Association (MESSA) at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar invites qualified undergraduate students to submit papers for the Fourth Annual Undergraduate Conference on Middle Eastern Studies.   This   year’s   theme   is Narrowing the Gap: The Conversation between the Governing and the Governed in the Middle East. Striving to enhance undergraduate research culture, MESSA provides a dynamic platform that allows students to present their work as well as facilitate academic discussion…

2014 Conference Sessions

Read More Professor Robert Wirsing of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service in Qatar converses with his students

The sessions of the 2014 Conference can be found under “Conference Highlights.”

2013 Conference Schedule

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Thursday, March 21st, 2013   5:30 – 6:30 PM: Arrival, registration and tour of Georgetown University building for conference presenters. 6:30 – 8:30 PM: Opening Ceremony, followed by dinner. * * * Friday, March 22nd, 2013   9:00 – 9:30 AM: Arrival and registration of delegates. Conference presenters and visitors are escorted to their panel rooms. 09:30-11:30 AM: Presentations (Two simultaneous panels): Panel I: Culture & Politics (Location: Room 0A12) Panel II: International Politics (Location: Room 0A13) 11:30 – 11:45 AM: Coffee Break at Student Lounge 11:45-1:00 PM: Presentations 1:00…

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