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.

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Graduate Fellowships for Middle East Studies

Funded by a Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) grant from the U.S. Department of Education, this program will support an outstanding graduate student whose research concerns the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), regardless of their academic discipline.


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In The Media


Time to shift U.S. approach to the Middle East

In an article in Boston Review, UCLA Law's Aslı Ü. Bâli and co-author Aziz Rana analyze how U.S. involvement in the Syrian conflict has escalated violence and harm to the civilian population. They then outline an alternative policy toward the conflict.
"The overriding and immediate obligation of those actors complicit in Syria's destruction is the resettlement of refugees outside of Syria and the provision of basic needs — subsistence, shelter, health and education — to the nearly eight million displaced within Syria," they write.


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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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