Image for LAI Tinker Recipient Publishes Article on Ecuadorian Amazon Research
    2017 Tinker Recipient Ana María Durán used grant to study urbanization and infrastructure development projects in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Her results have been published by online journal, E-FLUX (an editorial affiliate of the Oslo Triennale).

    Image for Strong community of migration scholars takes hold at UCLA
    An impressive array of migration scholars has created a strong multidisciplinary community at UCLA. Their expertise will be on display at the “Emerging Scholars in Migration Conference” on Feb. 15–16, 2019.

    Image for Former Foreign Minister addresses ethnic nationalism in Israel and beyond
    In the Center-sponsored talk, Visiting Professor Shlomo Ben-Ami assessed the resurgence of ethnic nationalism in Israel as well as around the globe as a reaction to the perceived failures of the liberal order.

    Image for Yemeni identity in Israel
    Yemeni Jews in Israel are caught between assimilating into Israeli society and preserving their culture, said Ari Ariel at the Center for Near Eastern Studies event, “Yearning for Yemen: Migration and Memory.”

    Image for In search of the Israeli Bob Dylan
    Professor Uri Dorchin's article in UCLA's Jewish newsmagazine "Ha'am" examines the seeming indifference to political conditions among Israeli musicians.

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    The "Daily Bruin" covered the recent Center-sponsored talk with UCLA's Amir Naiberg, who compared the journey campus-driven innovations take to the market in both the US and Israel and the entrepreneurial networks supporting innovation on campuses in both countries.

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    Since 2017, a massive re-education campaign in China's Xinjiang province has imprisoned close to one million Muslim Uighurs and other minorities in “vocational training camps” and prisons, said Georgetown's James Millward at a recent lecture.

    Image for Zionism: A brief guide in perplexity
    In his contribution to UCLA's Jewish newsmagazine, "Ha'am," Professor Daniel Stein Kokin examines two understandings of Zionism and explores whether the intepretation that supports the nationalization and territorialization of Judaism is consonant with or at odds with traditional Judaism.

    Image for Andrew Apter, an anthropologist among the historians*
    Anthropologist-historian Andrew Apter, interim director of the African Studies Center, hopes to oversee a period of much greater undergraduate student involvement in its activities.

    Image for New Indonesian film highlights the reign and legacy of Sultan Agung of Mataram
    UCLA hosted the 2018 Los Angeles Indonesian Film Festival with a screening of the new film "Sultan Agung" by the prominent Indonesian director, Hanung Bramantyo.

    Image for Award for new faculty book
    Faculty members from two UCLA departments combined forces to report on a little-known minority group: Jewish communities in North Africa during the Holocaust.

    Image for Acclaimed Israeli author Amos Oz has died at age 79
    One of Israel's best known and most revered contemporary authors, Oz was the recipient of a multitude of honors, including the 2015 UCLA Israel Studies Award.

    Image for Challenges of the new Mexican administration
    A panel of Mexican scholars warned that the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador would face immediate challenges on immigration, U.S.-Mexican relations and crime and corruption.

    Image for Peter Cowe to head Center for World Languages
    Professor Cowe is the third director of UCLA's Center for World Languages, following in the footsteps of renowned linguists Olga Kagan and Russell Campbell.

    Image for Writing contemporary indigenous ethnography
    Mariana Bayo Mora described a decade of ethnographic research with the Tsetal and Tojolabal peoples of the Zapatista territory in Chiapas, Mexico, as a collaborative experience in which the indigenous communities insisted on shaping her research methods.

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Faculty in the News

Image for Authoritarianism and the limits of U.S. foreign policy
Kal Raustiala, director of the Burkle Center for International Relations, participated in a Zócalo Public Square/ UCLA Downtown LA event on Jan. 30, 2019. “Trump has a great affection for authoritarians around the world...,” said Raustiala. "But there are restraints on that power." Read the full story on the Zócalo website.
Image for Offering ctizenhshp is good for individuals and for America
Jan 25., 2019. Writing in Common Dreams with Renee Luthra and Thomas Soehl, Roger Waldinger (director, Center for the Study of International Migration) argues, "In impeding naturalization, the Trump administration is forsaking long-term benefits for arguable short-term gains, and policymakers shouldn't play along. As our work shows, the United States would do better if it kept with the American tradition of naturalization..."
Image for Laure Murat on the gilets jaunes
Jan. 12, 2019. "There is no need for doubtful references to history, it's the present and the future of our democracy which the gilets jaunes movement is questioning," writes Center for European & Russian Studies Laure Murat in the French newspaper Liberation. (In French)
Image for Karen Nielsen co-authors new Zika study
Nov. 12, 2018. The New England Journal of Medicine published a study showing 15 percent of babies exposed to Zika in utero in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, developed severe abnormalities. The collaborative research study was co-authored by Nielsen, former director of Center for Brazilian Studies, and a team of M.D.s and Ph.Ds. from Brazil and the United States.
Image for Alex Wang on China and the Paris Agreement
Dec. 7, 2018. Will the U.S.-China trade war and planned U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement reduce China's incentives to implement air emissions controls? As cited in the New York Times, Alex Wang of the UCLA School of Law observes, “It takes the pressure off of greater ambition and faster action. If you're coming from the perspective that we're already way behind, then the current dynamic is bad.”