Director & Staff

    Steven L. Spiegel
    Director, Center for Middle East Development
    Professor of Political Science

Visiting Scholars

Yael Warshel, Visiting Scholar

Faculty Advisory Committee

Joel Aberbach,
Professor, Political Science
Director, Center for American Politics

Asli Bali,
Acting Professor of Law

Stuart Gabriel, Professor, Arden Realty Chair, Anderson School of Management
Director, Ziman Center for Real Estate

Michael Intriligator,
Professor of Economics, Political Science and Public Policy

Randal Johnson,
Distinguished Professor, Department of Spanish & Portuguese

Michael F. Lofchie, Professor and Chair, International Development Studies IDP

David Rapoport,
Professor, Political Science
Editor of "Terrorism and Political Violence"

Arieh Saposnik, Director, UCLA Younes & Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies;
Gilbert Foundation Chair
Associate Professor, Near Eastern Languages & Cultures

Elwin Svenson,
Executive Director International Programs, Anderson Business School

Board of Advisors

Mission Statement

The Board of Advisors for the UCLA Center for Middle East Development (CMED) plays a leading role in developing the resources needed to carry out CMED's mission of scholarship and diplomacy and the economic development of the region. Members of the Board serve as trusted Advisors to CMED's leadership, sharing their ideas and expertise. They are ambassadors who espouse the mission of CMED and actively seek out new opportunities and sources of support for it. They are volunteers who give generously of their personal time and resources to ensure its success.


HRH Princess Basma Bint Saud Bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud
Director, INSEED Holdings

Mr. Irwin S. Field
Chairman, Liberty Vegetable Oil Company

Dr. Adnan Soufi
Chief Executive Officer, SEDCO Holding

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