In the Media Archive

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.)

Monday, February 06, 2017
Common ground for Iranian American Jews & Muslims
Feb. 3, 2017. UCLA sociologist Kevan Harris, who teaches in the IDS Program, is quoted extensively by LA Weekly. "As Trump is perceived [as] adding more and more U.S.-based communities to his growing 'enemies list,'" Harris says, "the solidarity among affected groups could increase as people see themselves connected in opposition to U.S. administration policies."

Friday, January 27, 2017
"Extreme vetting" of Muslims already tried and failed
Jan. 26, 2017. CNES director Aslı Ü. Bâli writes in The Washingon Post that extreme vetting didn't work under Pres. George W. Bush, although it wasn't found unconstitutional. Trump's proposed program, however, may be less acceptable to U.S. courts.

Thursday, January 26, 2017
Assad has won in Syria. But Syria hardly exists.
Jan 11, 2017. UCLA historian James Gelvin, writing with David Lesch in a New York Times Op-Ed piece, says the Assad regime has "won" a destroyed country with enormous poverty levels, a public health crisis and a missing generation of educated citizens.And inevitably, it will face continuing insurgencies.

Thursday, January 26, 2017
Trump's refugee ban could be challenged
Jan. 25, 2017. Reuters reports that UCLA Professor of Law Hiroshi Motomura believes that the proposed refugee ban and block on visas could be challenged as unconstitutional discrimination. Cited by the LA Times on Jan. 26, he also says Trump's ability to crack down on "sanctuary cities" is limited. Motomura spoke about the executive order with KPCC's "Take Two" on Jan. 30

Friday, January 20, 2017
How Hatred of Islam is Corrupting the American Soul
Law Professor Khaled Abou El Fadl has published an article in ABC Religion and Ethics on the growth of Islamophobia in the United States, which he depicts as driven by a purposeful combination of white entitlement and pop Protestant theology, along with lack of information about Islam.

Friday, January 13, 2017
Hovannisian books published in Turkish
Two of Richard G. Hovannisian's edited volumes, Armenian Van and Armenian Bitlis and Mush, were recently published in Turkish by Aras Publishers in Istanbul. Both volumes are from the UCLA conference series, “Historic Armenian Cities and Provinces.” A renowned historian of modern Armenia, Hovannisian is Emeritus Professor of History at UCLA and the first holder of the Richard Hovannisian Endowed Chair in Modern Armenian History.

Monday, January 09, 2017
What athiests and monks have in common
Assistant professor of sociology Jeffrey Guhin wrote this column on philosopher Charles Taylor, recipient of the 2016 Berggruen Prize, as part of an inquiry produced by the Berggruen Institute and Zócalo Public Square.

Monday, January 09, 2017
UCLA Sociologist quoted on USAID's recent performance and future directions
Assistant professor of sociology Kevan Harris, who studies development and social change in the global South, was interviewed by the Los Angeles Times for an article on US foreign aid successes and concerns.

Sunday, December 25, 2016
UCLA Turkish instructor publishes national survey
With funding from the Mellon Foundation, UCLA's Turkish instructor Beyza Lawrence conducted a nationwide survey of Turkish instructors and students to determine the needs for Turkish teaching materials. Her results were presented at the conference of the American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages, and now have been published in the Association's January 2017 online newsletter. LOOK FOR IT ON PAGE 11 OF THE NEWSLETTER.

Friday, December 16, 2016
New U.S.ambassador to Israel could signal changes in familiar overseas relations
Sanden Totten of KPCC's "Take Two" spoke with David Myers, Professor of Jewish History at UCLA, about the new nominee for US ambassador to Israel.

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