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Image for WEBINAR: The Hamas Attack and Its Impact on the Region, Discussion 1

The CMED Roundtable Series will gather experts weekly to assess the Hamas attack and its impact on the region to make recommendations for the future. In Discussion 1, CMED Director Professor Steven Spiegel meets with Aaron David Miller, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Robin Wright, senior fellow at the US Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson Center. Discussion followed by audience Q&A.

Monday, October 30, 2023

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We will examine the experience and impact of the Russia-Ukraine war for the people of the Middle East, the impact on regional conditions, the role played by regional actors in the war, and the influence of both Russia and Ukraine on various countries in the region.

Monday, October 23, 2023

Image for WEBINAR: Middle Eastern Maze: Israel, the Arabs, and the Region, 1948-2022— A Talk with Author Itamar Rabinovich

"Middle Eastern Maze: Israel, the Arabs, and the Region, 1948-2022" is an expanded and updated version of Itamar Rabinovich's "The Lingering Conflict," published by Brookings in 2012. This new book offers a unique narrative of the Arab-Israeli conflict and peace process by a senior academic historian who has served as Israel's ambassador to the United States and as a peace negotiator with Syria. Author Itamar Rabinovich presents highlights of his work, and Professor Steve Zipperstein moderates a discussion based on audience questions.

Thursday, April 6, 2023

Image for WEBINAR: #WomenLifeFreedom: The Iranian Protest Movement

Our panel of experts investigates the current Iranian protest movement and its origins. Discussion followed by audience Q&A.

Monday, October 31, 2022

Image for WEBINAR: Can America Lead in a New International Arena?  Where Does That Leave the Middle East?

Aaron David Miller, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, talks with UCLA Director of the Center for Middle East Development and Research Professor Steve Spiegel as they explore what is in store for US leadership, the world, and the MENA region.

Monday, June 6, 2022

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Join us for a discussion with Dr. Yevgeniya Gaber, a former Ukrainian government official and a leading expert on Turkey and the Middle East, as we explore the war's implications for Turkey and the neighboring region. Discussion followed by audience Q&A, moderated by Alan Makovsky, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC.

Monday, May 23, 2022

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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

Image for WEBINAR: The Impact of the Afghanistan Saga (Afghanistan and MENA: A Three-Part Series)

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

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