Message from the Director

Ahlan wa sahlan!

Welcome to the website of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS). We are proud to be a vital part of the academic experience at Georgetown University.

The CCAS was founded in 1975 in order to enhance the curriculum and mission of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service with specialized academic learning, research, language training, and educational programming on the Arabic-speaking world and the larger Middle East and North Africa. Our multidisciplinary Master of Arts in Arab Studies (MAAS) program offers a number of merit scholarships, and continues to attract outstanding and diverse applicants with international backgrounds. The Center’s accomplished faculty and instructors are committed to providing our students with rigorous and nuanced understandings of the contemporary Arab world, and with the intellectual and linguistic skills to succeed in their academic and professional careers.

In the wake of the profound socio-political transformations of 2010-2011, the Center has sought to strengthen its academic and practical engagements with the polities and societies of the region. We have capitalized on the unique analytic, linguistic, and interdisciplinary proficiencies of our faculty, staff, and students to design novel and pertinent curricula of instruction, innovative courses and public educational programs, ground-breaking research agendas, and joint collaborative ventures with academic institutions in the Arab world. As a result, the CCAS has remained a coherent and perceptive voice in Arab studies in the United States and abroad, and a recognized leading source for learned and sophisticated commentary on contemporary Arab politics and societies.                                                                             

Please take a moment to browse through our website and to learn more about the Center, its educational and research goals, and its ongoing initiatives to support faculty and students in meeting these objectives.

I look forward to seeing you at CCAS.


Osama Abi-Mershed, CCAS Director