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"Lebanon is a microcosm of the Middle East... [t]he results on May 6th will provide a glimpse into the political climate of the greater Middle East," writes Eric Bordenkircher, research fellow at the UCLA Center for Middle East Development, in the International Policy Digest.
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Apr. 6 2018. Speaking to the New York Times about the appointment of a white woman as a part-time curator of African art at the Brooklyn Museum, UCLA Director of the African Studies Center Steven Nelson notes that few African Americans are specialists in African art : "Art history as a whole has done 'a very poor job of recruiting a diverse pool,' he said, adding that 'African art history in the U.S. is primarily white and female.'”
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Mar. 14, 2018. Writing in The Washington Post, UCLA's Dan Treisman says Russia has two modes of governance: autopilot and manual control. "Both systems involve corruption and power networks, as well as arbitrary and sometimes inhumane methods," he says. "Neither is very effective, although both can get results."
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In a piece for "The Conversation" of U.S. News & World Report, James Gelvin predicts that the prospects for peace are likely to get worse in the region this year.
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Interview from Inside the Hive with Nick Bilton by Vanity Fair.
Water in the middle east and africa: A nexus of cooperation and conflict