Aya Sofya, Istanbul, Turkey
Downtown Doha, Qatar

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Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem
The Nile, illuminated.

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Her Excellency will discuss the strategic partnership between Jordan and the United States and share current updates about the region. Primarily, she would like to hear from the students of UCLA.

Bunche Hall 10383 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM


Historian and diplomat Shlomo Ben Ami will analyze different conflict theaters in the Middle East and elsewhere against the background of the major shifts in regional and global politics.

UCLA School of Law, Room 1357 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM


Writes German publication Deutsche Welle (DW), the UCLA political scientist and CMED director "thinks Trump's decision deals a serious blow to the Middle East peace process and will hurt Washington's perception in the region and beyond."

December 11, 2017 READ MORE

The United States once again finds itself in a cold war. But this time the adversary is not Russia, China, Iran, North Korea or any other foreign power. This time the adversary is us. We Americans are embroiled in a domestic cold war — a cold civil war.

April 4, 2017 READ MORE

CMED Director Steven Spiegel argues that Americans should be thinking about Israel in terms of business, technology, and job creation, instead of in terms of ideology or geopolitics.

March 1, 2017 READ MORE

The invite-only event at the UCLA Chancellor's residence was organized by the UCLA International Institute and the Center for Middle East Development.

October 25, 2016 READ MORE

In 2016 Center for Middle East Development brought together Sheikh Habbash, the Palestinian Authority's former religious affairs minister, and Rabbi Moshe Lichtenstein, head of Yeshivat Har Etzion, to discuss the role of religious leaders in conflict mitigation.

October 20, 2016 READ MORE


Despite the attention the upcoming Kurdish referendum has attracted, it is unlikely that it will result in any significant political change, much less outright independence for Iraqi Kurdistan.

July 26, 2017 READ MORE

Recently published polling data reveals similar viewpoints shared by Israelis and Palestinians which could serve as a catalyst for finding a solution to their long-standing conflict.

June 13, 2017 READ MORE

The UCLA International Institute hosted its second annual potluck, continuing our tradition of gathering to delight in the experience of breaking bread and barriers.

May 15, 2017 READ MORE

In celebration of the release of our most recent CMED Routledge series publication, Reconstructing the Middle East, we've compiled a list of noteworthy Middle East reads recommended by the CMED team and affiliates.

May 9, 2017 READ MORE

In the first presidential debate, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump remarked that "ISIS happened a number of years ago in a vacuum." The term "vacuum" was most likely a slur on the current administration's foreign policy; however, if we understand it as a reference to the lack of governance in areas of the Middle East then the statement is not entirely untrue.

January 13, 2017 READ MORE

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