16 February 2012




SISMEC is a consortium of instructors, researchers and students based at The University of Arizona, and dedicated to furthering understanding of conflict in the greater Middle East and Northern Africa through curriculum development, advanced research, diverse partnerships and community outreach.

The Initiative’s external mission is to support and disseminate the most up to date and relevant scholarship on the sources, textures and dynamics of Middle Eastern and North African conflicts to a wide array of audiences through publications, lectures, conferences, electronic databases and involvement in vital, cutting-edge projects supported by the innovative use of technology. Our internal mission is to train scholars and practitioners firmly grounded in the languages and histories of the area as well as all of the tools of the social sciences and humanities, integrated through a unique focus on the articulation of global pressures with local social, political and cultural structures. To this end we develop and offer inter-disciplinary courses on regional conflicts and local manifestations of global issues, complementing The University of Arizona’s wider offerings.

Our ultimate vision is a new architecture of security studies where pedagogy and research consistent with the goals of a public, land grant university support vigorous, self-renewing and most importantly, informed engagement at the global, national and local levels between decision-makers, opinion-makers, and the general public in the ongoing struggle for peace, stability and progress in the 21st century.