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The director of the Center for Near Eastern Studies and UCLA professor of law spoke spoke with KPFK's Ian Masters about current Turkish political developments, including the announced resignation of Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (see archive for Thurs., May 5, time1:45-18:35).

The Pulitzer Prize-winning UCLA geographer spoke at a celebration of the 20th anniversary of UCLA’s Center for the Study of Religion.

Distinguished Professor Christopher Tang of the UCLA Anderson School writes in Zocalo Public Square, "Anbang’s thwarted courtship of Starwood reflects a broader, little understood truth behind the Chinese curtain: the extent to which the country’s leadership remains uncertain, and/or divided, on how best to proceed out in the world."

Aslı Ü. Bâli, director, Center for Near Eastern Studies, and professor of law, and Kevan Harris of the Sociology Department and UCLA International Institute, are both cited in a recent article about a Pew Research Center poll in Muslim-majority countries. The poll surveys public opinion on how the Koran should influence national laws.

In a fascinating article about economist Nathan Leff's contributions to the study of Brazil, the UCLA economic historian comments, “In person and in his letters, Leff was incredibly kind and attentive, and intellectually supportive of my research project... One of his hypotheses in the book 'Underdevelopment and Development in Brazil' later became a key theme in my book on the economic history of the railways in Brazil.”