UCLA Campus. Photo by Yuri Sakakibara

About CMED

Through conferences, task forces, publications, campus activities and other programming, the Center for Middle East Development (CMED) explores key subjects for the Middle East within a conflict-resolution framework, including Arab‐Israeli issues, Gulf security, regional business and economics, technological cooperation, arms control, regional strategic cooperation and democratic culture and the media. CMED is dedicated to the development of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in all aspects —economic, social, political, and diplomatic. Founded in 2005, the center has become a well-known and trusted organization in the field and in the region.

Today, CMED runs a large and well-regarded annual conference in Qatar; offers an array of UCLA campus programs on the Middle East; and manages an active publishing program- all of which facilitate discussion of Middle Eastern affairs by students, scholars, business people and policy makers throughout the region and the world.


Steven L.   Spiegel

Steven L. Spiegel

Professor, Political Science

Steven L. Spiegel serves as Director of the Center for Middle East Development at UCLA. Through the innovative and informal negotiation techniques he has developed, Dr. Spiegel helps produce cutting edge ideas for promoting Middle East regional security and cooperation.



Mani A.  Jad

Mani A. Jad

Deputy Director

Sophie  Isakowitz

Sophie Isakowitz

Research and Program Manager

Salomé  Mohajer

Salomé Mohajer

Project Manager

Shani  Shahmoon

Shani Shahmoon

Center Associate


Steve  Zipperstein

Steve Zipperstein

Senior Fellow, CMED

Eric  Bordenkircher

Eric Bordenkircher

Research Fellow

Joshua  Saidoff

Joshua Saidoff

Research Fellow

Ben  Radd

Ben Radd

Research Fellow

Interns/Research Assistants

Warren  Fahmy

Warren Fahmy

Research Assistant

Francesca  Bonaudo

Francesca Bonaudo

Research Assistant