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


False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle East

Thursday, October 05, 2017
12:15 PM
UCLA School of Law


The First Half-Century of Israel's Permanently Temporary Occupation

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
3:30 PM
10383 Bunche Hall

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Center News


UCLA offering third-year Turkish language course

Responding to the national need for experts in Turkish language and culture, the course will enable students to access archival materials and conduct research.


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In The Media


Are Islamic State recruits simply gang members?

Aug. 29, 2017. UCLA historian James Gelvin writes in The Conversation: "Could it be that IS volunteers are drawn to a value system that asserts an aggressive machismo, disparages steady work, and sustains the impulse for immediate gratification?"


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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 panel with Hosam Aboul-Ela (University of Houston), Elliott Colla (Georgetown University), and Nadia Yaqub (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

A book talk with Sami Hermez (Northwestern University, Qatar)

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