Welcome to the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, one of the country’s oldest organized research centers for study of the Middle East and North Africa. Since 1957 we have furthered interdisciplinary understanding of the region through conferences, symposia, lectures, scholarly research, teacher workshops, partnerships with area schools and colleges, public programs, language training, and supporting graduate and undergraduate instruction.

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Center News

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International Education Week kicks off Nov. 18

International Education Week 2019 (November 18–22) will feature events across the UCLA campus, including cultural performances, career events, fellowship information sessions and lectures on global issues.


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Alumni News

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Alumna Alma Heckman honored with endowed chair

Heckman has been appointed to the Neufeld-Levin Holocaust Endowed Chair at UC Santa Cruz.


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Recent Podcasts

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 geostrategic, political, security and economic consequences of the pandemic for the region.

Panel with Virginia Danielson (NYU Abu Dhabi), Roberta L. Dougherty (Yale University)

Panel with Charles Kurzman (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), and Dale J. Correa (University of Texas at Austin)

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