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CMED Chats is a unique monthly series that will engage charismatic guests who are from the Middle East and North Africa or connected to the region in some capacity. Our host, CMED Director, Dr. Steven Spiegel, will sit down for a one-on-one casual chat of at least 30 minutes, covering a variety of topics that will highlight the myriad voices and realities that enrich this colorful region. In Episode 5, we chat with senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Aaron David Miller.

ONLINE EVENT VIA ZOOM Thursday, September 16, 2021

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In this live event, former Canadian officials, Michael J. Molloy, Andrew Robinson, and David Viveash, reflect on past peace negotiations and what the international community can learn from them going forward. Brief presentations were followed by audience Q&A.

ONLINE EVENT VIA ZOOM Thursday, September 2, 2021

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CMED Chats is a unique new monthly series that will engage charismatic guests who are from the Middle East and North Africa or connected to the region in some capacity. Our host, CMED Deputy Director, Ms. Mani A. Jad, will sit down for a one-on-one casual chat of at least 30 minutes, covering a variety of topics that will highlight the myriad voices and realities that enrich this colorful region. In Episode 4, we chat with founder and former director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Dr. Haleh Esfandiari.

ONLINE EVENT VIA ZOOM Thursday, August 26, 2021

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CMED Chats is a unique new monthly series that will engage charismatic guests who are from the Middle East and North Africa or connected to the region in some capacity. Our host, CMED Senior Fellow, Steve Zipperstein, will sit down for a one-on-one casual chat of at least 30 minutes, covering a variety of topics that will highlight the myriad voices and realities that enrich this colorful region. In Episode 3, we chat with Vice President of the Richardson Center for Global Engagement, Mickey Bergman.

ONLINE EVENT VIA ZOOM Friday, July 16, 2021

Image for CMED CHATS, Episode 2: Robin Wright

CMED Chats is a unique new monthly series that will engage charismatic guests who are from the Middle East and North Africa or connected to the region in some capacity. Our host, CMED Director, Dr. Steven Spiegel, will sit down for a one-on-one casual chat of at least 30 minutes, covering a variety of topics that will highlight the myriad voices and realities that enrich this colorful region. In Episode 2, we chat with internationally renowned journalist, Robin Wright.

ONLINE EVENT VIA ZOOM Thursday, July 1, 2021

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Ehud Yaari, commentator for Israel's Channel 12 TV, and Dr. Mkhaimar Abusada of Al-Azhar University-Gaza, will assess the results of the recent 11-day warfare that has ended in ceasefire. Both speakers will focus on whether conditions can be improved and whether Israeli-Palestinian accommodation is conceivable. Thus, the past and future will be at the forefront of this conversation.

ONLINE EVENT VIA ZOOM Friday, June 11, 2021

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CMED Chats is a unique new monthly series that will engage charismatic guests who are from the Middle East and North Africa or connected to the region in some capacity. Our hosts will sit down for one-on-one casual chats of at least 30 minutes, covering a variety of topics that will highlight the myriad voices and realities that enrich this colorful region. In Episode 1, we chat with Ambassador Hesham Youssef.

ONLINE EVENT VIA ZOOM Wednesday, May 26, 2021

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Panelists discuss the current state of American Exceptionalism and the Global Democracy Promotion Project, and their implications for US and global security, MENA foreign policy, and regional development.

ONLINE EVENT VIA ZOOM Thursday, May 20, 2021

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This discussion will shed light on Iran's regional operations and offer policy recommendations on how the US could deal with Iran's military presence and influence in Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq.

ONLINE EVENT VIA ZOOM Friday, May 7, 2021

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Authors Itamar Rabinovich and Carmit Valensi present highlights of their work, with commentary by leading Syria experts.

ONLINE EVENT VIA ZOOM Wednesday, April 7, 2021

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A panel with Hesham Youssef (United States Institute of Peace), Dalia Dassa Kaye (RAND), and Ehud Eiran (Stanford University); Moderated by Kevan Harris (UCLA) and Dov Waxman (UCLA) on the

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Duration: 01:20:03

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Ben Radd, Research Fellow at the Center for Middle East Development, was interviewed on KABC regarding U.S.-Iranian relations at a time of rising tensions between the two countries.

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Duration: 19:08:00

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Just hours after the redacted Mueller Report's release, CMED Senior Fellow Steve Zipperstein offers his analysis. Zipperstein has worked with both Bill Barr and Robert Mueller throughout his law career.

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Representatives from the German think tank Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) provide insights on the their work in the Middle East.

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On the day of the Israeli elections, Professor Steven Spiegel provides some of his thoughts on KNX Los Angeles radio station.

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Dr. Bordenkircher argues that the politics of many Middle East countries are beginning to resemble Lebanon's. He applies the Lebanese political phenomenon to Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Bahrain and Libya.

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Professor emerita Galia Golan discusses how we got to the two-state solution – the factors that impeded progress and those that facilitated it at various points.

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UCLA Professor Emeritus, David Rapoport examines the underlying motives of the Islamic State, the challenges it faces, and its attempt to rope the West into the chaos. Co-sponsored by UCLA

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A lecture by Dr. Abdullah Toukan, president and CEO of the Strategic Risk Assessment Center in Dubai. Co-sponsored by UCLA CMED and the UCLA Burkle Center.

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Duration: 0:53:52

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A discussion of current topics in Middle East research with former students of Professor Leonard Binder.

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Duration: 01:45:57

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Students, both former and present, pay tribute to Professor Leonard Binder.

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Duration: 53:37

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Dr. Keith Watenpaugh, Dr. Fred Lawson, and Dr Necla Tschirg, former students of Malcolm H. Kerr commemorate his legacy on the 30th anniversary of his death.

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Amb. Thomas Pickering in discussion with Joseph Cirincione, moderated by Mike Shuster, on the debate around Iran's nuclear program.

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Aaron D. Miller discusses America's prospects in the Middle East, followed by Q&A. Sponsored by the UCLA Center for Middle East Development and the Burkle Center, November 5, 2013.

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Duration: 01:21:12

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Ambassador Oded Eran discusses the peace process.

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Duration: 01:16:47

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Princess Basmah bint Saud outlines her concept of "The Fourth Way," a method of establishing a new platform to help bring stability to the world

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Duration: 50:00

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Ambassador Oded Eran, Senior Researcher at the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University discusses the peace treaties between Israel, Jordan and Egypt.

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Duration: 1:04

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A lecture and question and answer session with James A. Larocco, Ambassador (Retired) and Director, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA), National Defense University

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Duration: 1:34:20

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On Tuesday, September 28, UCLA's Center for Middle East Development (CMED) hosted a panel discussion on "Is Freedom of Speech Possible in the Arab World?" with Tim Sebastian, Dr. Asli

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Duration: 1:46:00

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Elena Panaritis, author of Prosperity Unbound: Building Property Markets with Trust (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), speaks at UCLA.

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Duration: 10:16

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Dan Fleshler offers insight into the shifts taking place in the pro-Israel American Jewish community, including growing dissent against what he calls the “conventional Israel lobby.”

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Duration: 1:15:46

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Ayman Abdel Nour, consultant to various multinational organizations dealing with civil society in Syria, discusses the current state of the peace process in the Middle East.

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Duration: 1:21:52

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Dr. Shibley Telhami focuses on the high regional expectations for a new American role in Iraq, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and relations with Iran, and on the shifting economic and global

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Duration: 1:37:29

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Lebanon Today
10/8/2008

Nizar Abdel-Kader, political analyst and columnist at Ad-Diyar Newspaper, discusses the roles of major players that will effect Lebanon's stability and explains the current challenges that Lebanon is now facing.

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Duration: 1:11:05

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Ambassador Lawrence E. Butler, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, comments on our current state of relations with Iraq, and the political, security and economic challenges ahead.

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Duration: 1:07:23

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