In the Media Archive

Friday, February 16, 2018
UCLA faculty voice: Why is Saudi Arabia suddenly so paranoid?
Historian James Gelvin says that Saudi Arabian officials are acting as if they can no longer depend on oil and U.S. might for security.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
How years of increasing labor unrest signaled Iran's latest protest wave
Iran's political factions have been unable to stem the tide of social protest rising over the past several years. The Washington Post cites an analysis by sociologist Kevan Harris and graduate student Zep Kalb showing how Iran's labor protests are gradually shifting away from Tehran to some 75 other towns across the country. The sheer scale of nonviolent protest across Iran presents a serious challenge to strategies based on systematic use of violence by government forces.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
An interview with sociologist Kevan Harris
Iran experts are discussing a recently published book by sociologist Kevan Harris on the welfare state in Iran.

Friday, January 26, 2018
5 Things 2018 Will Bring to the Middle East
In a piece for "The Conversation" of U.S. News & World Report, James Gelvin predicts that the prospects for peace are likely to get worse in the region this year.

Friday, January 05, 2018
UCLA anthropologist researches the Jewish people of Morocco
Associate Professor Aomar Boum reaches across disciplines to illuminate the history and status of Jewish inhabitants of Morocco, once one of the largest Jewish communities in the Arab world.

Thursday, January 04, 2018
Kevan Harris interviewed on protests in Iran
Jan. 3, 2018. UCLA sociologist Kevan Harris spoke about ongoing protests in Iran on "Air Talk," a radio interview show of local NPR affiliate KPCC, noting that many demonstrations are taking place in smaller cities in the provinces. Also see his comments in The Observer.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Foreign Affairs reviews UCLA sociologist's new book
The book "A Social Revolution: Politics and the Welfare State in Iran," by UCLA's Assistant Sociology Professor Kevan Harris, is hailed in Foreign Affairs magazine as "empirically rich" thanks to Harris's extensive fieldwork in Iran.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Ghislaine Lydon Interviewed by Radio France
On December 18th, on the occasion of International Migrants Day, Ghislaine Lydon was interviewed by Radio France Culture on the history program “La Fabrique de l'Histoire.” This was a one-hour special on African migrations and routes, past and present. Please note that the interview and website are in French. To listen to the interview, click the title or the photo.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Aslı Ü. Bâli featured on cover of Los Angeles Lawyer
December 2017. Writing in LA Lawyer, Aslı Ü. Bâli, professor of law and director of the Center for Near Eastern Studies at UCLA, and UCLA School of Law colleague Jessica Peake analyze President Trump's use of airstrikes in Syria within the framework of international law.

Friday, November 17, 2017
Aslı Bâli recognized by Middle East Studies Association
Aslı Ü. Bâli — director of the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, faculty director of the Promise Institute for Human Rights at the UCLA School of Law and UCLA professor of human rights and international law — received the 2017 Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Presidential Award at the organization's annual conference in Washington, DC.

Friday, October 20, 2017
Aslı Ü. Bâli on "America's Imperial Unraveling"
Oct. 16, 2017: "The United States remains the preeminent economic and military power in the world, yet in many respects it has embarked on a project to dismantle its own hegemony," writes CNES Director Aslı Ü. Bâli with co-author Aziz Rana in the Boston Review.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017
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?"

Monday, April 24, 2017
UCLA's James Gelvin on the Trump administration's international policy.
The Voice of America interviewed James Gelvin for its coverage of the meeting between Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Egyptian Defense Minister Sedki Sobhy.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017
Syria and U.S. Middle East policy
Apr. 4, 2017. UCLA Professor of History James Gelvin, interviewed by Ian Masters on KPFK's "Daily Briefing," speaks about the civil war in Syria, the fight against ISIS and the incoherent foreign policy of the United States in the Middle East. (Choose April 4, 2017.)

Friday, March 03, 2017
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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