Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

The UP Asian Center hosted  a webinar, “The Future of the State in the Middle East ” on 27 October 2021, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, Philippine Standard Time.**


This lecture will focus on the challenges experiences by states in the Middle East in the last 40 years, such as legitimacy, economic challenges, domestic politics matters and challenges in their foreign policy. The webinar shall look into the future of the states in the light of those challenges.


Dr. Mahjoob Zweiri is an Associate Professor of Contemporary Politics of the Middle East and the Director of the Gulf Studies Center, Qatar University. Prior to joining Qatar University in 2010, Dr. Zweiri was a senior researcher of Middle East Politics and Iran at the Center for Strategic Studies, University of Jordan. He was also a visiting professor to the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University. From March 2003-December 2006 he was a research fellow and the director of the Centre for Iranian Studies in the Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at Durham University. Dr. Zweiri has more than 60 publications in the areas of Iran and Contemporary Middle East History and Politics. He is also fluent in Arabic, Farsi, and English.


Reactors and Moderators

REACTOR 1: Prof.  Beverly-Garcia, Mindanao State University General Santos
REACTOR 2: Prof. Mark Ysla, Far Eastern University
MODERATOR: Prof. Noe Pobadora, New Era University

Organizers and Inquiries

This webinar is organized by the UP Asian Center, the Philippine-Middle East Studies Association (PMESA); the Department of International Relations, Mindanao State University Main Campus; Mindanao State University General Santos; and College of Administration, Bukidnon State University.
The UP Asian Center offers an M.A. Program in Asian Studies with specialization on West Asia. Applications for the February 2022 intake are accepted until 19 November 2021.
For inquiries, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The UP Asian Center offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The Center also has an M.A. program in Philippine Studies that allows students to major in Philippine society and culture, Philippine foreign relations, or Philippine development studies. The Center offers a Ph.D.  program in Philippine Studies in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. For an overview of these graduate programs, click here. The Asian Center also publishes Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia, the latest issue of which can be downloaded at the journal's website. For other news and upcoming events at the Asian Center, click here.