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CMES is a long-standing collaborative partner of the Association of Foreign Affairs in Lund (UPF).

Log of UPF, the Association of Foreign Affairs

Each semester CMES and UPF co-arrange a public event together to broaden knowledge and encourage discussion on human rights issues and the Middle East.

Event poster for the UPF lecture on democracy in Turkey with Pinar Dinc.



In February 2023, CMES and UPF hosted Dr. Pınar Dinç who gave the talk "Eleventh Hour Elections - The Past and Future of Democracy in Turkey".


A silhoutte of a hand holding a pair of scissors and cutting a lock of hair in front of the Iranian flag
Illustration: Linda Eitrem Holmgren




In October 2022, CMES and UPF co-organized a public panel discussion on the protests in Iran with Rola El-Husseini Dean, Barzoo Eliassi, Narges Mosavat, Rouzbeh Parsi and Sarah Anne Rennick. The panel was chaired by Karin Aggestam.

Title of the lecture on jihadist peace


In December 2021, CMES and UPF hosted Professor Isak Svensson (Uppsala University), who gave the talk "Jihadist Peace - Is Peacemaking Possible in Islamist Armed Conflicts?". The lecture is available to watch on UPF's Facebook page.



The Association of Foreign Affairs in Lund (abbreviated to UPF Lund from its Swedish name, Utrikespolitiska Föreningen) provides a space for students and those interested in exploring the world of politics and foreign affairs. UPF’s official language is English. For more information, visit their website.