In the Media Archive

Monday, October 12, 2020
Dr. Açiksöz wins Fatima Mernissi Book Award for Sacrificial Limbs: Masculinity, Disability, and Political Violence in Turkey.
This award is given to the best work in studies of gender, sexuality, and women's lived experience.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
UCLA faculty voice: No, Trump is not like Obama on Middle East policy
James Gelvin says that while both presidents wanted to decrease U.S. military presence, Trump's actions have been less strategic.

Monday, October 29, 2018
Women in Power; a lesson from ancient Egypt
Kara Cooney, UCLA professor of Egyptian Art and Architecture, has published a riveting article in Time magazine about six queens who achieved enormous power in ancient Egypt. What they did with it is a warning for today.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Aslı Ü. Bâli on the Syrian civil war
Aug. 15, 2018. UCLA Professor of Law and former CNES Director Aslı Ü. Bâli and co-author Aziz Rana recently published a follow-up piece to their earlier article in The Boston Review on U.S. policy in the Syrian civil war.

Bâli was also recently interviewed about the Syrian war by journalist Daniel Denvir for Jacobin, the left-leaning quarterly magazine. You can find the two-part podcast here.

Monday, July 30, 2018
Time to shift U.S. approach to the Middle East
In an article in Boston Review, UCLA Law's Aslı Ü. Bâli and co-author Aziz Rana analyze how U.S. involvement in the Syrian conflict has escalated violence and harm to the civilian population. They then outline an alternative policy toward the conflict.
"The overriding and immediate obligation of those actors complicit in Syria's destruction is the resettlement of refugees outside of Syria and the provision of basic needs — subsistence, shelter, health and education — to the nearly eight million displaced within Syria," they write.

Friday, June 29, 2018
CNES graduate student Wisam Alshaibi in the news
London Review of Books discusses Islamic State documents that were removed from Mosul to US libraries, including the Hoover Institution where Alshaibi was a research fellow on a fellowship from UCLA's Center for Near Eastern Studies.

Monday, June 11, 2018
Watching the N.B.A. finals with Ann Kerr
Kerr, who delivered the International Institute's 2018 commencement address on June 16, 2018, is the mother of a very famous basketball coach. She is interviewed here by The New Yorker.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
The Intercept cites UCLA sociologist Wisam Alshaibi
The Intercept, an award-winning news organization that covers national security, civil liberties, and the media, cites expert information from Alshaibi as they investigate the ISIS Papers. Alshaibi's research was supported by a fellowship from CNES.

Friday, May 18, 2018
Azza Ahmad interviewed about PBS series
New children's television series "Let's Go Luna" will take children to many countries. Ahmad is curriculum advisor for the episodes in Egypt.

Thursday, May 3, 2018
Lebanon's Upcoming Parliamentary Elections
"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.

Friday, April 27, 2018
Review by Kevan Harris in Contemporary Sociology: a Journal of Reviews
UCLA Sociologist reviews a new book on the state of Middle East studies in the US.

Friday, March 9, 2018
UCLA department chair appointed as CNN commentator
Professor Dominic Thomas discusses how networks tap into his expertise on European affairs.

Friday, February 16, 2018
UCLA faculty voice: Why is Saudi Arabia suddenly so paranoid?
Historian James Gelvin says that Saudi Arabian officials are acting as if they can no longer depend on oil and U.S. might for security.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
How years of increasing labor unrest signaled Iran's latest protest wave
Iran's political factions have been unable to stem the tide of social protest rising over the past several years. The Washington Post cites an analysis by sociologist Kevan Harris and graduate student Zep Kalb showing how Iran's labor protests are gradually shifting away from Tehran to some 75 other towns across the country. The sheer scale of nonviolent protest across Iran presents a serious challenge to strategies based on systematic use of violence by government forces.

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