The ME Study Group is a think-tank that brings together people from different disciplines, academic and non-academic, to discuss Middle Easters affairs. Believing that university should be an integral part of the community, the MESG is open to all people who are interested in and engaged with ME politics. The group has been meeting since 2008, usually once a month on the third or fourth week of the month, to discuss pertinent topics. The presenter sends her/his paper two weeks in advance; the paper is circulated to the group. We all read prior the meeting. The presenter opens with 5-10- minute introduction and additions to the paper, and then we enjoy some 90-minute discussion and exchange.
Meetings are usually designed for work-in-progress papers, so that presenters could benefit from the deliberation prior publication.
The ME Study Group is conducting research in Middle East affairs, provides forums to consolidate and promote understanding of current affairs, serves as a meeting point for people of different nationalities to converse and debate, and supports two state solution, Israel and Palestine, as well as freedom of expression and academic freedom.