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The 30th Anniversary of the Madrid Peace Conference
Multilateralism and Arab-Israeli Peacemaking
Monday, November 1, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (Pacific Time)
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Benjamin Netanyahu's Legacy: An Initial Assessment
Monday, November 8, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (Pacific Time)
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Israeli National Security and Current Strategic Challenges Conference
Sunday, November 21, 2021
9:00 AM - 1:30 PM (Pacific Time)


Webinar Recording
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A Conversation with Artist Dor Guez: Archives, Narrative and Memory

On October 13, Jerusalem-born artist and scholar Dor Guez discussed his groundbreaking work - at the intersection of photography, video and archives - and his most recent body of work, Letters from the Greater Maghreb....

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ISRAEL IN DEPTH – With guest, Anders Persson, author of EU Diplomacy and the Israeli–Arab Conflict, 1967–2019

On this episode of Israel in Depth, Dov Waxman talks with political scientist Anders Persson, author of the new book “EU Diplomacy and the Israeli-Arab Conflict, 1967–2019.”...


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Nazarian Center receives $1 million challenge grant to expand teaching in Israel studies

The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation has generously given the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies a $1 million matching challenge grant to support the expansion of teaching about modern Israel at UCLA. Money raised from this challenge will go to a total goal of $2 million in endowment funds designated for teaching in Israel studies.

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'Democracy in Israel' lecture series focused on understanding the past and preparing for the future

In the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center's public lecture series “Democracy in Israel,” three prominent Israeli scholars – Shlomo Avineri, Eva Illouz, and Yael Tamir – assessed the historical roots and possible futures of Israeli democracy. Over the course of the three-part series, the scholars put Israeli democracy in context, tackled its most pressing challenges, and concluded that there is a strong case to be made for the continued resilience of Israeli democracy in the future.

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Students weigh in on Mideast conflict, Israeli politics, foreign policy and more at Nazarian Center conference

Drawing students from around the world, the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies held its third annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference in Israel Studies on June 15. Students presented research on a wide range of subjects, including the recent conflict in the Middle East, Israeli politics, foreign policy, society, and culture.

Guest Column
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How to understand Israel's 36th government: Israeli politics as a two-dimensional space

As the new coalition government in Israel enters its first week, UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies Research Fellow Liron Lavi offers a perspective on what is keeping this coalition together – and what could ultimately tear it apart.


Center visiting scholar Nili Alon Amit releases new book

Y&S Nazarian Center Research Scholar Nili Alon Amit has a new book offering insights on great thinkers of human happiness, from the Hebrew Bible and Greek philosophy to contemporary writings. The book, "Happiness, Stability and Transcendence in Western Religion, Philosophy and Poetry" (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2021), includes primary sources on happiness in their original ancient languages along with their scholarly translations into English.

Professor Waxman publishes article in academic journal Ethnic and Racial Studies

Professor Dov Waxman, director of the Y&S Nazarian Center, published a peer-reviewed article August 13, 2021 in the academic journal Ethnic and Racial Studies about why agreement on what constitutes antisemitism is shrinking even as concern about it grows. Read more


Welcome to the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies at UCLA. Israel is a small country that looms large in public and academic discourse. The passions it evokes often present obstacles to nuanced analysis and civil discussion. Understanding the complexities of modern Israel requires knowledge from many academic disciplines and an awareness of multiple viewpoints and narratives. Through a commitment to academic rigor, interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship, and ...(read more)


Center publishes fourth issue of Currents: Briefs on Contemporary Israel
The Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies is pleased to announce the publication of the latest issue of Currents: Briefs on Contemporary Israel, our bi-annual publication. The Fall 2021 issue features an article by cultural anthropologist and social historian Tomer Mazarib -- "Is the Relationship Between the Bedouin and Fellahin Dichotomous? An Anthropological Case Study."

Nazarian Center releases annual newsletter

The Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies is thrilled to release its latest annual newsletter, which features the center's teaching, research and outreach activities for the campus and the broader community. Click to read

Call for Applications: Visiting Faculty & Visiting Scholar positions (2022/23)

The UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center invites applications for the Visiting Faculty and Visiting Scholar Program. Applications are welcome from scholars working in a wide range of disciplines relating to Israel Studies. The deadline for the Visiting Faculty Program applications is November 1, 2021; Visiting Scholars application deadline is March 1, 2022. For more information and to apply: https://ucla.in/3EAMzyX

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