Call for Interns

The Middle East Institute for Research and Strategic Studies (MEIRSS) encourages undergraduate and graduate students to apply to be Research Interns. The Research Intern is expected to provide support to MEIRSS researchers with the following: media monitoring, profiling, and data gathering; documentation and filing; assisting with drafting policy briefs and media summaries; providing general logistical/organizational support to the team as required; and contributing to publications.
Successful applicants will also have access to all MEIRSS events. They will also have the chance to publish papers deemed of high quality. The position is unpaid; a monthly remuneration may be provided for transportation expenses depending on funding availabilities. Requirements: BA or MA in International Relations, Political Science, Middle East Studies or any related field; excellent skills in the Microsoft Word; good command of Arabic and English; French is a plus. Previous experience in research is welcomed. To apply, candidates must submit a resume and cover letter to: [email protected] with "Research Intern" as a subject. IMPORTANT: The Center will contact only those candidates who are extended an interview.

Call for Contributors

The Middle East Institute for Research and Strategic Studies (MEIRSS) invites all researchers and scholars to submit their research articles to be considered for publication on our center’s website ( Authors across the globe are invited to submit their research papers in line with the guidelines provided in our center. The papers should discuss strategic topics in the MENA region such as geopolitical developments, terrorism, Islamist movements, country-specific analysis, human rights, and minorities.
The Middle East Institute for Research and Strategic Studies (MEIRSS) is a newly established independent research center that aims to provide a different perspective to the strategic happenings in the Middle East through the special insight of a group of researchers who are familiar with the dynamics of the region and its social realities. The center aims to participate in genuine research and analysis done mainly by young researchers, with oversight from experienced academics, with the hopes that these efforts would help promote an enhanced understanding of the region’s politics and lead to better-informed decision-making by politicians and activists.
Abstract Preparation Instructions
Interested scholars are encouraged to initially submit an abstract which will be used by the MEIRSS Board as the main basis for acceptance of the subsequent submission of the full paper. Thus, the abstract should clearly communicate the problem investigated and the main conclusions and recommendations that were obtained. Submitted abstracts should read like a short paper and be suitable for publication together with the full paper. Time and effort spent constructing a clear, concise, and well-written abstract will maximize the chances of paper acceptance. Previously published papers will be rejected.
Abstract Format Guidelines
The format for the MEIRSS abstract should not exceed one page of text at 1.5 line spacing, Times New Roman, and font size 12. The abstract must be converted to Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word format for electronic submission. The text page should include the following (a) Author(s)’ name(s), (b) Affiliation; (c) Author(s) address(es), (d) Telephone numbers, (e) Email address(es), and (f) References (to be included as endnotes at the end of the text page).
Abstract Submission Instructions
All abstracts must be submitted electronically by sending an email to [email protected] Authors of selected abstracts will be invited to submit full papers for peer-review by the MEIRSS Board. For consideration of your abstract, the following information must be sent in the email body with a subject: “Call for Papers”. • Name, mailing address, phone, and e-mail of the first author; • Names and affiliations of the co-authors; • Complete contact information of the corresponding author if other than the first author; • Assignment of abstract category based on the topics that are provided. 
If you encounter problems at any point in the abstract submission process, please contact the MEIRSS center by sending an e-mail to [email protected] or by contacting MEIRSS’s telephone +961(9)635468 during regular business hours, Beirut Time. MEIRSS Style guidelines are available at

Guidelines For Contributors

Papers and articles can be submitted in Arabic, French or English. For the articles submitted in English, the style (British or American) can be chosen by the author but needs to be consistent throughout the paper. A short biography (150 words maximum) with the affiliation of the author, his latest publications, ongoing research (if applicable) and his email (optional) address should be included.
Articles should not exceed 5 pages. Papers should not exceed 15 pages in length. Papers should be typed in Times New Roman font size 12 for the main body, and size 10 for footnotes. 1.5 spacing should be used for the whole document, and paragraphs should be separated by an extra space. Quotations from other authors should be inserted between double quotation ("...") marks (or in italic?). In case a quotation is used within a quotation, double quotation marks should be used for the general quotation, and single quotation marks for the quotation within the quotation. Words in a foreign language and transliterations must be in italic. Titles and headings must be in bold. Nothing should be underlined. Acronyms should be spelled out the first time they are used in the paper, with the acronym between parentheses. Dates should appear as day month year: 18 January 2016. If only the month is available, the format would be: January 2016. Formatting for numbers, currencies, percentages (symbol or spelled out) should be consistent throughout. Punctuation should be placed inside quotation marks and footnotes should be placed on the outside of quotations or punctuation, as so: "The movement called for greater transparency."1
Editorial Procedure
All abstracts and papers are subject to a double blind review. The editors reserve the right to edit the texts received. Substantial changes will be made in consultation with the author.
In terms of referencing, the paper should include footnotes, and not endnotes. Any style of referencing is accepted as long as it remains consistent throughout.