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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.

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.

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.

Writes German publication Deutsche Welle (DW), the UCLA political scientist and CMED director "thinks Trump's decision deals a serious blow to the Middle East peace process and will hurt Washington's perception in the region and beyond."