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The United States once again finds itself in a cold war. But this time the adversary is not Russia, China, Iran, North Korea or any other foreign power. This time the adversary is us. We Americans are embroiled in a domestic cold war β€” a cold civil war.

April 4, 2017 READ MORE

CMED Director Steven Spiegel argues that Americans should be thinking about Israel in terms of business, technology, and job creation, instead of in terms of ideology or geopolitics.

March 1, 2017 READ MORE

The invite-only event at the UCLA Chancellor's residence was organized by the UCLA International Institute and the Center for Middle East Development.

October 25, 2016 READ MORE

In 2016 Center for Middle East Development brought together Sheikh Habbash, the Palestinian Authority's former religious affairs minister, and Rabbi Moshe Lichtenstein, head of Yeshivat Har Etzion, to discuss the role of religious leaders in conflict mitigation.

October 20, 2016 READ MORE

β€œFor Turkey, at least up until recently, the Kurdish issue is the more important issue. ISIS is the lesser of two evils,” said CMED Researcher Eric Bordenkircher in an interview about the Istanbul bombings with Peter Tilden on KABC (06/29/16: 1:00β€”15:10).

June 30, 2016 READ MORE

THE MIDDLE EASTERNER BLOG

The UCLA International Institute hosted its second annual potluck, continuing our tradition of gathering to delight in the experience of breaking bread and barriers.

May 15, 2017 READ MORE

In celebration of the release of our most recent CMED Routledge series publication, Reconstructing the Middle East, we've compiled a list of noteworthy Middle East reads recommended by the CMED team and affiliates.

May 9, 2017 READ MORE

In the first presidential debate, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump remarked that "ISIS happened a number of years ago in a vacuum." The term "vacuum" was most likely a slur on the current administration's foreign policy; however, if we understand it as a reference to the lack of governance in areas of the Middle East then the statement is not entirely untrue.

January 13, 2017 READ MORE

With the hierarchical structure and old guard of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt facing strong push-back from a younger revolutionary faction and a new ideological imperative, there is a chance we might see a permanent fissure that will lead the group on a downward trajectory for the foreseeable future.

December 2, 2016 READ MORE

Get to know the CMED staff and expand your culinary horizons with this mouth-watering re-cap of the UCLA International Institute's Annual Potluck. Priceless family recipes enclosed.

April 8, 2016 READ MORE

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