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Malcolm Fraser - an inspirational life

Malcolm Fraser - an inspirational life

Amin Saikal writes with great saddness on the passing of the Former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser...

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A political strategy for the Middle East

A political strategy for the Middle East

Amin Saikal argues the challenge for any counter-terrorism strategy is to address the political issues in the region

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Former Ambassador to Tunisia comments on terrorism

Former Ambassador to Tunisia comments on terrorism

CAIS Adj/Prof. Bob Bowker says attacks are unlikely to destabilise the country....

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Persian New Year at CAIS

Persian New Year at CAIS

CAIS Persian language and culture students experience a traditional new year

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Prof. Ramesh Thakur on Israel, Iran and the bomb

Prof. Ramesh Thakur on Israel, Iran and the bomb

Director of the ANU Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament writes on Netanyahu's visit to Washington....

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The Centre for Arab & Islamic Studies (Middle East & Central Asia) forms part of the ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences at The Australian National University and is Australia’s premier location for studies in this field, with a high international standing and links with its major counterparts in the Arab & Muslim world, as well as in North America and Europe.

The Centre integrates the study of Middle Eastern and Central Asian contemporary politics, history, culture, political economy, economics, and the role of Islam within the broader framework of the changing global order. The Centre fosters the study of the region’s most relevant languages of Arabic, Persian and Turkish. It also focuses on issues pertinent to Australia's interests in, and the development of its commercial, scientific and industrial ties with, its areas of coverage.

CAIS is a multi-disciplinary teaching and research Centre, with cognitive links with the ANU College of Asia & the Pacific, as well as professional association with its other Colleges. Its activities are guided by a twenty-one member Advisory Board and a group of international advisers, made up of prominent scholars in Arab, Islam, Middle Eastern and Central Asian studies.

The primary objectives of CAIS are fourfold:

  • to promote Arab, Islamic, Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies by providing quality educational programs at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels;
  • to conduct research of its own, and to coordinate broader research projects with  Australian and international academics and specialists;
  • to provide a pool of expertise for public and private sectors;
  • to strengthen Australia’s ties with the Middle Eastern and Central Asian domains through educational links, and engagement with government, business, diplomatic missions and the broader community.
     

What can I study?
The Centre offers Masters degrees, a Graduate Certificate and a Bachelor degree in Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies. It also offers individual undergratuate courses and postgraduate supervision (PhD and MPhil) on a wide range of topics, including Middle Eastern and Central Asian politics, history, political economy, international relations, Persian, Turkish and Arabic languages, literature and culture, and Islamic studies.

Updated: 30 March 2015/ Responsible Officer:  Head of CAIS / Page Contact:  Web publisher