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


Two Book Talks in Persian

Sunday, December 04, 2016
4:00 PM
121 Dodd

A lecture by Nadia Guessous (Colorado College)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
3:00 PM
10383 Bunche Hall

ISIS, Assad, and the failure of US Policy

Thursday, January 19, 2017
TBA
location TBD

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Center News


CNES Outreach at West Los Angeles College

Professor James Gelvin examines 60 years of U.S. policy in the Middle East.


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In The Media


From National Star to Enemy of the State

UCLA sociologist Kevan Harris was interviewed for this online profile of Iranian rock music pioneer Kourosh Yaghmaei and the status of pop music in Iran.


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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 Behrooz Tabrizi (University of Illinois- Urbana Champaign)

A lecture by Jeffrey James Byrne (University of British Columbia)

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