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Israel's President Reuven Rivlin speaking at UCLA award ceremony Feb. 18. (Click Here) for video.


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Israel's President Rivlin, center, after receiving UCLA Israel Studies Award, Feb. 18. (Click Here) for video.


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Prof. Cheryl Keyes makes a point during the "Blackness in Israel" Symposium, Feb. 24.
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Isaac Herzog presenting Harry C. Sigman Distinguished Lecture in Israel Studies, Feb. 5. (Click Here) to view.



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Isaac Herzog and Prof. Dov Waxman at Harry C. Sigman Distinguished Lecture, Feb. 5. (Click Here) to view.



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Isaac Herzog, Chairman of The Jewish Agency for Israel, and Prof. Dov Waxman. (Photo credit: Todd Cheney/UCLA)
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"How the Media Covers Israel" talk by veteran journalist Jodi Rudoren, Jan. 27. (Click Here) to listen.


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"Mizrahi (Middle Eastern) Rap Music in Israel" lecture by Dr. Uri Dorchin, Nov. 13.(Click Here) to listen.



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DIRECTOR'S WELCOME

Welcome to the website of the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies at UCLA. We are proud to be one of the preeminent Israel Studies centers in the United States, if not the world, and the only center on the West Coast exclusively dedicated to the study of modern Israel.


Our mission is to advance public knowledge and academic scholarship about Israel. Our goal is education, not advocacy. To that end, we sponsor undergraduate courses, host visiting scholars, organize frequent public programs, and provide in-depth analyses of Israel in all its complexity.


Thank you for visiting us. - Professor Dov Waxman

UPCOMING EVENTS

In accordance with COVID-19 public health guidelines, we will not be holding events on campus during Spring 2020. Please check our multimedia page for the latest online programs, including podcasts and videos. You may also sign up for our mailing list to receive center news and updates.

Stay healthy and safe, and we look forward to connecting with you remotely.

NEWS & ARTICLES

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Three Elections, More Voters: Why have increasing numbers of Israelis voted in recent elections?

After a year of political deadlock and three elections, Israel is on the brink of finally getting a new government. Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies research fellow Liron Lavi explains what motivated Israelis to vote time and again and why, despite predictions, voter turnout actually increased, especially among Arab citizens of Israel.

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Our new podcast episode – "Israel's Post-Election Politics Amid a Pandemic"

Listen to the latest episode of our "Israel in Depth" podcast to make sense of dramatic events happening in Israeli politics. Professor Dov Waxman interviewed a leading Israeli public opinion expert and political consultant, Dahlia Scheindlin, about how the coronavirus has upended Israeli politics.

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Symposium explores different meanings of blackness in Israel

A symposium on blackness in Israel drew scholars from the U.S. and abroad to a packed conference room on the UCLA campus.

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Israel In Depth podcast debuts

The Younes & Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies at UCLA is pleased to announce the launch of Israel in Depth, a new podcast series presented by Professor Dov Waxman, Director of the Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, focused on all things Israel.


FACULTY & SCHOLAR NEWS

Article by visiting scholar published in the journal Comparative Strategy

An article written by Dr. Shaiel Ben-Ephraim, visiting scholar of the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, was recently published in the academic journal Comparative Strategy, Vol. 39, No. 2. The article, "From strategic narrative to strategic culture: Labor Zionism and the roots of Israeli strategic culture,” examines the military and strategic culture of the Zionist leadership in the pre-state era and its influence on the development of the State of Israel.


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Professor Waxman writes op-ed in The Forward on Trump's Mideast peace plan

Professor Dov Waxman, director of the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, published an opinion piece January 29, 2020, with The Forward regarding President Trump's peace plan for the Middle East. The piece in the Jewish daily examined whether the long-awaited plan is the historic breakthrough Trump has touted, even though the proposal doesn't meet core demands of the Palestinians. "It will certainly not bring Israelis and Palestinians peace, since the latter will overwhelmingly reject a plan that is so heavily skewed in Israel's favor," wrote Waxman.


Wednesday, January 29, 2020

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announcing our Spring Quarter classes
Courses sponsored by the Center will count towards degree requirements for a variety of majors and minors and cover diverse topics, including U.S.-Israel relations, Israeli drama and Israeli music.

Postdoctoral research opportunities at Ben-Gurion University
Ben-Gurion University invites post-doctoral candidates to submit proposals for thorough research that will describe and analyze David Ben-Gurion's leadership against the background of the latest theories on the subject.

Fulbright funding for postdoctoral and senior scholars
The 2020-21 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is now open. A number of opportunities are open to postdoctoral and senior scholars in all academic disciplines to conduct research or serve as instructors at Israeli universities.


RECENT PODCASTS

After a third inconclusive election in less than a year, Israel has simultaneously experienced a political crisis, a constitutional crisis and an escalating public health crisis. In this episode, Dov Waxman talks with Israeli political analyst and pollster, Dahlia Scheindlin, to make sense of what's been happening in Israeli politics.


PODCAST: Israel in Depth - Featuring interview with Ambassador Dennis Ross, a veteran American diplomat who worked on Middle East peace for three presidents, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Barack Obama. Taped Feb. 20, 2020.