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UCLA human rights conference confronts genocide and its aftermath

Genocide, the risks to civilians in war zones and the unforeseen effects of the security state were examined at a UCLA School of Law symposium on April 17.


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In The Media


UCLA's James Gelvin on the Trump administration's international policy.

The Voice of America interviewed James Gelvin for its coverage of the meeting between Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Egyptian Defense Minister Sedki Sobhy.


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Alumni News


Alumna Beth Baron elected president of MESA.

UCLA alumna Beth Baron has been selected 2015-17 president of the Middle East Studies Association. Beth teaches history at The Graduate Center,City University of New York, where she directs the M.A. program and the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center. From 2009 through 2014 she was editor of the International Journal of Middle East History.


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Recent Podcasts

A lecture by Thomas Abowd (Tufts University)

Orit Bashkin (University of Chicago) is the featured speaker in the first Averroës Lecture on Jewish Communities in Muslim Lands, a new series sponsored by CNES.

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