A recent course on the Arab Spring taught by CMED Director Steven Spiegel invited specialists from around the country and UCLA to lecture on individual countries—some in person and some via a videoconferencing link.
A panel discussion regarding the current crisis in Syria with panelists UCLA Law professor Asli Bali, RAND Political Scientist Dalia Dassa Kaye and UCLA Political Science professor Daniel Treisman. This panel was moderated by UCLA Burkle Center Director Kal Raustiala.
“The Right Way to Help Syria's Rebels”: Los Angeles Times op-ed co-authored by 2011-12 Visiting Fellow Dalia Dassa Kaye
The United States can support the insurgents without providing arms.
A talk by David Lesch, Trinity University.
2012 Levi Della Vida Conference:"Structures of Personalized Power in the Modern Middle East: Presidents, Prime Ministers and Party Bosses" Keynote Address
Keynote lecture by 2012 Levi Della Vida Award recipient Roger Owen, Harvard University
A lecture by Lindsay Gifford, UCLA
The now-familiar pattern of the Arab Spring -- popular outcries for freedom provoking hideous repression -- seems to warrant military intervention to stop the slaughter in Syria. But first we need answers to some hard questions.
A talk Juan Cole (University of Michigan)
A talk by James Gelvin (UCLA)
A lecture by Gilbert Achcar, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
UCLA Professor of History James Gelvin told an audience on campus on May 25 that the overthrow of Syria's regime amid unrest is possible but "highly unlikely," because Bashar al-Assad has a hold on power unlike that of Egypt's Mubarak and others. Listen to an audio podcast of the talk.
A lecture by Sarah Shields, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Podcast of a lecture by Ayman Abdel Nour presented by the UCLA Center for Middle East Development and the UCLA International Institute on March 11, 2009.
University of Arkansas' Mohja Kahf asks what one more label could do for study of American writers, herself not excluded. The lecture is part of CNES-, CEES-, and government-sponsored sociology course on Muslims in Europe and North America.
Sometimes the best offense is a good defense
Dr. Imad Moustapha addresses UCLA undergraduate class on Syria's relations with the United States, Lebanon, and Israel; calls for marginalizing extremists on both sides in the effort to end Middle East conflicts.