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In conversation with UCLA Research Professor, Steven L. Spiegel, Russian affairs analyst Konstantin Eggert explores the domestic roots of Putin's war, how it changed Russia's security environment, and what the potential consequences are for the Middle East. Discussion followed by audience Q&A.

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Image for WEBINAR: Zionism, Palestinian Nationalism and the Law, 1939-1948— A Talk with Author Steve Zipperstein

The latest publication in the CMED Routledge Book Series analyzes the role of the law during the last decade of the British Mandate for Palestine, making an essential contribution to the literature on lawfare, framing and narrative, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict. Author Steve Zipperstein presents highlights of his work and Professor Steven Spiegel moderates a discussion based on audience questions.

Thursday, January 27, 2022

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CMED Chats is a unique monthly series that engages charismatic guests who are from the Middle East and North Africa or connected to the region in some capacity. Our host, CMED Research Fellow, Dr. Eric Bordenkircher, will sit down for a one-on-one casual chat of at least 30 minutes, covering a variety of topics that will highlight the myriad voices and realities that enrich this colorful region. In Episode 6, we chat with Friedmann Fellow at the Washington Institute's Geduld Program on Arab Politics, Hanin Ghaddar.

Thursday, October 28, 2021

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In this last of 3 sessions on Afghanistan and MENA, we assess and predict the impact on the country itself, the states it borders, the region surrounding the Taliban victory, and the impact of recent events on the balance between Mideast countries. A distinguished panel from varied backgrounds provides the basis for explaining the crisis we confront. Brief presentations were followed by audience Q&A.

Friday, October 15, 2021

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In the second event of CMED's three-part Afghanistan and MENA series, experts from the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA), based at the National Defense University in Washington, DC, share their insights on the fall of Afghanistan and its implications for its neighbors in the Middle East and US foreign policy. Brief presentations were followed by audience Q&A.

Friday, October 8, 2021

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The Taliban victory in Afghanistan creates a variety of changes and challenges for the Middle East. On the other hand, the US being out of Afghanistan may permit it greater ability to defend and protect its local associates and allies. This discussion addresses these alternative directions and attempts to provide some initial answers, directions, and resolutions.

Friday, October 1, 2021

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CMED Chats is a unique monthly series that will engage charismatic guests who are from the Middle East and North Africa or connected to the region in some capacity. Our host, CMED Director, Dr. Steven Spiegel, will sit down for a one-on-one casual chat of at least 30 minutes, covering a variety of topics that will highlight the myriad voices and realities that enrich this colorful region. In Episode 5, we chat with senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Aaron David Miller.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Image for WEBINAR: Once a Mediator: Reflections on Canada

In this live event, former Canadian officials, Michael J. Molloy, Andrew Robinson, and David Viveash, reflect on past peace negotiations and what the international community can learn from them going forward. Brief presentations were followed by audience Q&A.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

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CMED Chats is a unique new monthly series that will engage charismatic guests who are from the Middle East and North Africa or connected to the region in some capacity. Our host, CMED Deputy Director, Ms. Mani A. Jad, will sit down for a one-on-one casual chat of at least 30 minutes, covering a variety of topics that will highlight the myriad voices and realities that enrich this colorful region. In Episode 4, we chat with founder and former director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Dr. Haleh Esfandiari.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

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CMED Chats is a unique new monthly series that will engage charismatic guests who are from the Middle East and North Africa or connected to the region in some capacity. Our host, CMED Senior Fellow, Steve Zipperstein, will sit down for a one-on-one casual chat of at least 30 minutes, covering a variety of topics that will highlight the myriad voices and realities that enrich this colorful region. In Episode 3, we chat with Vice President of the Richardson Center for Global Engagement, Mickey Bergman.

Friday, July 16, 2021

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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

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Ben Radd, Research Fellow at the Center for Middle East Development, was interviewed on KABC regarding U.S.-Iranian relations at a time of rising tensions between the two countries.

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Just hours after the redacted Mueller Report's release, CMED Senior Fellow Steve Zipperstein offers his analysis. Zipperstein has worked with both Bill Barr and Robert Mueller throughout his law career.

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Representatives from the German think tank Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) provide insights on the their work in the Middle East.

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On the day of the Israeli elections, Professor Steven Spiegel provides some of his thoughts on KNX Los Angeles radio station.

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Dr. Bordenkircher argues that the politics of many Middle East countries are beginning to resemble Lebanon's. He applies the Lebanese political phenomenon to Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Bahrain and Libya.

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Professor emerita Galia Golan discusses how we got to the two-state solution – the factors that impeded progress and those that facilitated it at various points.

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UCLA Professor Emeritus, David Rapoport examines the underlying motives of the Islamic State, the challenges it faces, and its attempt to rope the West into the chaos. Co-sponsored by UCLA

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A lecture by Dr. Abdullah Toukan, president and CEO of the Strategic Risk Assessment Center in Dubai. Co-sponsored by UCLA CMED and the UCLA Burkle Center.

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Duration: 0:53:52

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A discussion of current topics in Middle East research with former students of Professor Leonard Binder.

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Duration: 01:45:57

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