Welcome to the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, one of the country’s oldest organized research centers for study of the Middle East and North Africa. Since 1957 we have furthered interdisciplinary understanding of the region through conferences, symposia, lectures, scholarly research, teacher workshops, partnerships with area schools and colleges, public programs, language training, and supporting graduate and undergraduate instruction.

Upcoming Events


Manufacturing Disaster: War & Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen

Thursday, September 27, 2018
7:00 PM
Room CS76, Young Hall


Film Screening: Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait (2014)

Monday, October 08, 2018
6:15 PM
Room 1457, UCLA School of Law


Honest Bodies: Revolutionary Modernism in the Dances of Anna Sokolow

Tuesday, October 09, 2018
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Glorya Kaufman Hall, Room 230

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Center News


New digital archive of ancient Arabic and Syriac manuscripts

Arcadia Fund grant will provide access to rare manuscripts from St. Catherine's Monastery.


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In The Media

Aslı Ü. Bâli on the Syrian civil war

Aug. 15, 2018. UCLA Professor of Law and former CNES Director Aslı Ü. Bâli and co-author Aziz Rana recently published a follow-up piece to their earlier article in The Boston Review on U.S. policy in the Syrian civil war.

Bâli was also recently interviewed about the Syrian war by journalist Daniel Denvir for Jacobin, the left-leaning quarterly magazine. You can find the two-part podcast here.


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Alumni News


Alumnus Dany Douery develops the first Arabic BA program in the California State University system.

His mission: to help students examine global events with an understanding of Arab culture.


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Recent Podcasts

A book talk and discussion with authors Ece Temelkuran and Molly Crabapple

A lecture by Alireza Doostdar (The University of Chicago Divinity School)

A lecture by Edhem Eldem (Collège de France)

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