Aya Sofya, Istanbul, Turkey
Downtown Doha, Qatar

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Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem
The Nile, illuminated.

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The International Institute Graduate Student Association's 5th annual conference brings together graduate students from across disciplines to present papers on global human rights and invites the UCLA community and the public to engage dialogue around these topics.

UCLA Faculty Center 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM


Water experts from around the world will gather at UCLA to discuss the shared resource challenges facing Africa and the Middle East as well as the cutting-edge policy and technology solutions being used and developed to overcome them.

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM



Writes German publication Deutsche Welle (DW), the UCLA political scientist and CMED director "thinks Trump's decision deals a serious blow to the Middle East peace process and will hurt Washington's perception in the region and beyond."

December 11, 2017 READ MORE

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


Women's participation in the fight against ISIS has opened the door for improved gender equality across the Middle East.

January 31, 2018 READ MORE

Despite the attention the upcoming Kurdish referendum has attracted, it is unlikely that it will result in any significant political change, much less outright independence for Iraqi Kurdistan.

July 26, 2017 READ MORE

Recently published polling data reveals similar viewpoints shared by Israelis and Palestinians which could serve as a catalyst for finding a solution to their long-standing conflict.

June 13, 2017 READ MORE

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

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