Welcome to CCAS

The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies is the only academic center in the United States focusing exclusively on the Arab world, and it has been doing so with distinction since 1975.

The Master of Arts in Arab Studies (MAAS) offers a comprehensive interdisciplinary study of the region.

CCAS hosts a rich calendar of public lectures, film screenings, and cultural events.

CCAS provides workshops, curriculum support, and other resources on the MENA for K-14 educators.

CCAS News

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CCAS is on Instagram!

Check out our new Instagram page to see what the Center and our students are up to this summer and to hear from our diverse alumni community.

Rachel Gandin Mark traveling in Mexico City on an American Film Showcase diplomacy program.

Diplomacy and the Art of Storytelling

A MAAS grad’s work at the intersection of diplomacy and cinematic arts is shaping American narratives and empowering storytellers around the globe.

Ambassador ONG Keng Yong speaking with diplomats based in Singapore.

Reflections from Singapore

Ambassador ONG Keng Yong, who graduated from MAAS in 1983, remembers his time in Washington and sheds light on Singapore’s “price taker” approach to foreign policy.

Picture of Asad speaking to an assembly

Why Hasn’t the Asad Regime Collapsed?

CCAS Professor Daniel Neep​ argues in his article for the Crown Center for Middle East Studies​ that we must learn from Syria’s history of tyrannies to understand why the Asad regime has persisted.