Aya Sofya, Istanbul, Turkey
Downtown Doha, Qatar

Photo by Sam Agnew. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

The Nile, illuminated.

Photo by Nasa. CC BY-NC 2.0


There are no public events currently scheduled.


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 — 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

“For 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: 1:00—15:10).

June 30, 2016 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

Blogger Greg Kahan argues that to save the “One Iraq,” on which the United States has spent billions, the U.S. needs to directly support, train, and equip a nonpartisan Peshmerga fighting force.

April 7, 2016 READ MORE

On September 2015, The International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR) came out with a report detailing the experiences of Islamic State (IS) defectors. The Centre gave key recommendations on how to deal with returning fighters. Though the recommendations are helpful, they fall short in one key regard: addressing the specific rehabilitation needs of returning fighters.

February 12, 2016 READ MORE

For the past five years, the country of Syria has transformed into a battlefield. Today, no one is truly safe. Terrorist, government, and rebel factions are massacring innocent people, and President Bashar al-Assad is drafting all young men to his security forces. Sammar Smesme exposes the appalling reality of everyday life for Syrians and shares interviews with her cousins–one living near Damascus and the other in a refugee camp.

November 20, 2015 READ MORE

Subscribe to our Email list


© 2017 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. Terms of Use / Privacy Policy