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The principal mission of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) at the University of California at Berkeley is to enhance awareness of the Middle East and of its diverse peoples and cultures. The center promotes both specialized knowledge and public understanding of this crucial area of the world, which includes the Arab states, Turkey, Iran, and Israel.
For many years the U.S. Department of Education has recognized UC Berkeley as one of the most significant universities in the United States in terms of Middle East area offerings. Drawing on all the resources of the Berkeley campus, CMES has become the most important sources of information about the Middle East and the Islamic World in the Western United States.
As the lone Middle East center in Northern California, the center aims to reach the broadest possible constituency, working with a variety of organizations and individuals to discover new avenues for scholarly outreach and cooperation.