Welcome to the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, one of the country’s oldest organized research centers for study of the Middle East and North Africa. Since 1957 we have furthered interdisciplinary understanding of the region through conferences, symposia, lectures, scholarly research, teacher workshops, partnerships with area schools and colleges, public programs, language training, and supporting graduate and undergraduate instruction.

Upcoming Events

20th Annual Arab Film Festival

Friday, October 21, 2016
Harmony Gold Theater

Obama's Drone Legacy

Friday, October 21, 2016
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
UCLA School of Law

A film screening of "Recollection" [2015]

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
6:00 PM
6275 Bunche Hall

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Center News

When is Migration a “Crisis”?

Professor Aslı Ü Bâli evaluates the EU's approach to Syrian refugees.

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In The Media

Armenians in China

Librarian David Hirsch seeks out historical Armenian community in Harbin, China

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Alumni News

Alumna Beth Baron elected president of MESA.

UCLA alumna Beth Baron has been selected 2015-17 president of the Middle East Studies Association. Beth teaches history at The Graduate Center,City University of New York, where she directs the M.A. program and the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center. From 2009 through 2014 she was editor of the International Journal of Middle East History.

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Recent Podcasts

A lecture by Murat Umut Inan (Social Sciences University of Ankara)

A lecture by Michael Cook (Princeton University)

A book talk with Sherene Seikaly (UC Santa Barbara)

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