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Dan-Morgan Russell is joined by two renowned scholars of Middle East studies. Dr. Yvette Bearce (Author of CMED Routledge Series book “The Political Idealogy of Ayatollah Khamenei”) and Dr. Eric Bordenkircher (CMED researcher and lecturer at UCLA, UCR, SMC) contribute their opinions about the current political atmosphere in Iran and how this effects regional relations.

February 19, 2016 READ MORE

A researcher with the Center for Middle East Development, Bordenkircher is currently teaching in the political science department at UCLA.

November 18, 2015 READ MORE

Israeli Brigadier General Relik Shafir and UCLA political scientist Steven Spiegel discussed Israel’s future in the Middle East in the shadow of the Iran nuclear deal.

November 12, 2015 READ MORE

UCLA CMED's Eric Bordenkircher argues that the Iran nuclear deal has the potential to facilitate resolutions to sectarian conflicts currently ravaging the Middle East.

September 17, 2015 READ MORE


Get to know the CMED staff and expand your culinary horizons with this mouth-watering re-cap of the UCLA International Institute's Annual Potluck. Priceless family recipes enclosed.

April 8, 2016 READ MORE

Blogger Greg Kahan argues that to save the “One Iraq,” on which the United States has spent billions, the U.S. needs to directly support, train, and equip a nonpartisan Peshmerga fighting force.

April 7, 2016 READ MORE

On September 2015, The International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR) came out with a report detailing the experiences of Islamic State (IS) defectors. The Centre gave key recommendations on how to deal with returning fighters. Though the recommendations are helpful, they fall short in one key regard: addressing the specific rehabilitation needs of returning fighters.

February 12, 2016 READ MORE

For the past five years, the country of Syria has transformed into a battlefield. Today, no one is truly safe. Terrorist, government, and rebel factions are massacring innocent people, and President Bashar al-Assad is drafting all young men to his security forces. Sammar Smesme exposes the appalling reality of everyday life for Syrians and shares interviews with her cousins–one living near Damascus and the other in a refugee camp.

November 20, 2015 READ MORE

Women from low-income communities in South East Asia and Africa migrate to seek employment in domestic work abroad, in hopes of improving life for their families back home.

November 18, 2015 READ MORE

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