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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.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021
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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.

Friday, July 2, 2021
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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.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021
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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.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021
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Q&A on the escalating Israeli-Palestinian violence

UCLA Professor Dov Waxman comments on the flare-up in hostilities between Israel and the Palestinians.

Monday, May 17, 2021
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Q&A with Prof. David Menashri about Israeli doubts as US resumes Iran nuclear talks

Professor David Menashri discusses the current state of U.S.-Israel relations and why the Biden administration's attempts to restore the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran carry risks and may fall short of what Israel is seeking.

Friday, May 7, 2021
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Could Arab parties be a decisive factor in forming Israel's next coalition government?

After the fourth national election in just two years, Israeli politics remains deadlocked. Unexpected developments may prevent a fifth round.

Thursday, March 25, 2021
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Q&A with Dr. Liron Lavi on Israel's next election

Israelis head to the polls March 23 in an election that will determine the country's next prime minister. Dr. Liron Lavi discusses the upcoming national election and the challenges facing the government under longtime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Lavi is a research fellow at the Nazarian Center and is teaching a course on Israeli politics in Spring 2021.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
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Center publishes third 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 Spring 2021 issue features an article by Bar-Ilan University Professor Eytan Gilboa, "What Do Americans Think of Israel? Long-Term Trends and Socio-Demographic Shifts."

Friday, February 19, 2021
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Q&A with Prof. Menachem Hofnung on the trial of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Professor Menachem Hofnung discusses the resumed corruption trial of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Hofnung teaches in the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is a visiting professor at the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies.

Friday, February 5, 2021
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Faculty Q&A: Biden and the Future of US-Israel Relations

UCLA Professor Dov Waxman, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Chair in Israel Studies and the director of the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, talks about President-elect Joe Biden and the future of U.S.-Israel relations.

Monday, December 14, 2020
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Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies mourns the passing of preeminent Israeli legal scholar Ruth Gavison

The renowned scholar and prominent activist for civil rights was committed to preserving Israel's identity as a Jewish and democratic state.

Saturday, August 15, 2020
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Faculty Q&A: Normalization Agreement Announced Between Israel and UAE ​

UCLA Professor Dov Waxman, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Chair in Israel Studies and the director of the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, talks about the significance and implications of Israel and the United Arab Emirates announcing an opening of diplomatic ties.

Thursday, August 13, 2020
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Center publishes second issue of Currents: Briefs on Contemporary Israel

The Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies is excited to announce the publication of the latest issue of Currents: Briefs on Contemporary Israel, our bi-annual publication. The Summer 2020 issue features an article by Dr. Uri Dorchin, “The History, Politics and Social Construction of ‘Blackness' in Israel.” Read the latest issue here: https://ucla.in/2CRQcW6

Thursday, July 23, 2020
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Nazarian Center visiting scholars make impactful contributions

In the 2019-20 academic year, the Nazarian Center's visiting professors and postdocs significantly contributed to the center's mission of advancing public knowledge and academic scholarship about Israel.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
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Research Fellow Dr. Liron Lavi quoted in Canadian newspaper on

Dr. Liron Lavi, Research Fellow at the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, is quoted in Canada's French-language publication, La Presse, on the challenges facing a newly formed coalition poised to unseat Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – "Fragile anti-Netanyahu coalition agreement" (June 4, 2021).


Friday, June 4, 2021

Center Director Prof. Dov Waxman on CNN discussing Israeli politics

Professor Dov Waxman, director of the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, appeared June 1 on CNN discussing a new national-unity government looking more likely than ever to replace Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


Tuesday, June 1, 2021

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Guest Columns

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

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.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Three Elections, More Voters: Why have increasing numbers of Israelis

After a year of political deadlock and three elections, Israel is on the brink of finally getting a new government. Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies research fellow Liron Lavi explains what motivated Israelis to vote time and again and why, despite predictions, voter turnout actually increased, especially among Arab citizens of Israel.

Monday, March 30, 2020


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Student Voices

Studying abroad in Israel: A law student's perspective

UCLA Law School student and study abroad scholarship recipient Amit Liran shares insights from his semester abroad at Tel Aviv University where he immersed himself in Israeli and international law in and outside of the classroom.

Monday, March 18, 2019

An unexpected opportunity

Thanks to a scholarship from the Y&S Nazarian Center, transfer student Sebastian Feldman was able to study abroad in Israel - an experience he hoped for, but didn't expect would be possible.

Thursday, February 28, 2019


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