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Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies (CMENAS)

Recent News

2024 Leadership Updates at the International Institute

New director appointments start July 1, 2024.

CMENAS Welcomes New Directors

CMENAS is pleased to introduce Jay Crisostomo as its new interim director and Khaled Mattawa as its new associate director.

The Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies (CMENAS) enhances awareness of the peoples, cultures, and languages in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). This vitally important region of the world constitutes a highly diverse cultural area now undergoing rapid and large-scale change.

Study of the MENA region began at U-M in 1889. Since the inception of the program in 1961, U-M has been committed to area studies and language training. In 1993, CMENAS became a member of the U-M International Institute, which seeks to stimulate research and teaching on critical areas of the world and to foster cooperation among the university’s departments, schools, and colleges.

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