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Deadlock in Israel-Palestine: How to Imagine a Better Future? (Part One)
Sunday, October 3, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (Pacific Time)
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Between Egypt and Palestine/Israel: Middle Eastern Jews, Zionism and Israeli Society
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM (Pacific Time)
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The 30th anniversary of the Madrid Peace Conference
Multilateralism and Arab-Israeli Peacemaking
Monday, November 1, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (Pacific Time)


Webinar Recording
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Identity Politics in Israel and the US

On June 16, Israeli scholar and former cabinet minister Yael Tamir discussed the influence of identity politics on the state of democracy in both Israel and the United States....

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ISRAEL IN DEPTH – With guest, Anders Persson, author of EU Diplomacy and the Israeli–Arab Conflict, 1967–2019

On this episode of Israel in Depth, Dov Waxman talks with political scientist Anders Persson, author of the new book “EU Diplomacy and the Israeli-Arab Conflict, 1967–2019.”...


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Nazarian Center receives $1 million challenge grant to expand teaching in Israel studies

The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation has generously given the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies a $1 million matching challenge grant to support the expansion of teaching about modern Israel at UCLA. Money raised from this challenge will go to a total goal of $2 million in endowment funds designated for teaching in Israel studies.

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'Democracy in Israel' lecture series focused on understanding the past and preparing for the future

In the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center's public lecture series “Democracy in Israel,” three prominent Israeli scholars – Shlomo Avineri, Eva Illouz, and Yael Tamir – assessed the historical roots and possible futures of Israeli democracy. Over the course of the three-part series, the scholars put Israeli democracy in context, tackled its most pressing challenges, and concluded that there is a strong case to be made for the continued resilience of Israeli democracy in the future.

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Students weigh in on Mideast conflict, Israeli politics, foreign policy and more at Nazarian Center conference

Drawing students from around the world, the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies held its third annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference in Israel Studies on June 15. Students presented research on a wide range of subjects, including the recent conflict in the Middle East, Israeli politics, foreign policy, society, and culture.

Guest Column
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How to understand Israel's 36th government: Israeli politics as a two-dimensional space

As the new coalition government in Israel enters its first week, UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies Research Fellow Liron Lavi offers a perspective on what is keeping this coalition together – and what could ultimately tear it apart.


Professor Waxman publishes article in academic journal Ethnic and Racial Studies

Professor Dov Waxman, director of the Y&S Nazarian Center, published a peer-reviewed article August 13, 2021 in the academic journal Ethnic and Racial Studies about why agreement on what constitutes antisemitism is shrinking even as concern about it grows. Read morej

Research Fellow Dr. Liron Lavi quoted in Canadian newspaper on Israeli politics

Dr. Liron Lavi, Research Fellow at the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, is quoted in Canada's French-language publication, La Presse, on the challenges facing a newly formed coalition poised to unseat Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – "Fragile anti-Netanyahu coalition agreement" (June 4, 2021).


Welcome to the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies at UCLA. Israel is a small country that looms large in public and academic discourse. The passions it evokes often present obstacles to nuanced analysis and civil discussion. Understanding the complexities of modern Israel requires knowledge from many academic disciplines and an awareness of multiple viewpoints and narratives. Through a commitment to academic rigor, interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship, and ...(read more)


Call for Applications for Postdoctoral Fellowship (2022-2023)
The Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies invites applications for a one-year Postdoctoral Fellowship for the 2022-2023 academic year. The fellowship will begin in the Fall of each academic year. The deadline for Postdoctoral Fellow applications is December 3, 2021. For more information and to apply (online only): https://ucla.in/2VsfJPe

Register now: courses on Israel offered in Fall quarter
If you're still looking for Fall classes, consider two excellent courses on Israel: Comparative Literature/Jewish Studies M162 - Israel Seen Through Its Literature (Tues/Thurs 12:30-1:45PM) and Middle East Studies 177 - Israel in the Middle East (Tues/Thurs 2:00-3:15PM). More info: https://ucla.in/3rcJy1v

Undergraduate Scholars Conference features presenters from seven countries
On June 15, the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center will hold its Third Annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference in Israel Studies. The Center is excited to virtually connect outstanding scholars from nine time zones, seven countries, and four continents. This year's conference brings together students whose cutting edge research pushes the frontiers of studies in Israeli culture, diplomacy, society, and politics.

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