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Center News


Water and collective punishment policies in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

According to Al-Haq legal researchers, Israel controls the water resources of the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) to its own benefit and has renewed its punitive demolition of the homes of alleged attackers there.


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In The Media


CNES Podcast Series hailed by Scholars At Risk network

The Academic Freedom Media Archive cites the podcast series "Academic Freedom at Risk: Turkey, the Middle East, and Beyond" as a resource on the current state of academic freedom worldwide. Recorded at a symposium organized by UCLA's Center for Near Eastern Studies, the podcasts cover two panel discussions and the keynote speech. (To access them, please click the title of this abstract and scroll to the lower half of the page.)


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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)

A lecture by Marc Lynch (George Washington University)

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