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Israeli National Security Conference

On Sunday November 21, 2021, the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies in partnership with Israel's Haaretz newspaper hosted an online conference on Israeli National Security and Israel's most pressing strategic challenges....

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Benjamin Netanyahu's Legacy: An Initial Assessment

After 12 years of uninterrupted rule and a total of 15 years in power, Benjamin Netanyahu has been dethroned. In this timely talk, Professor Neill Lochery, the author of The Resistible Rise of Benjamin Netanyahu,...


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Top Israeli and U.S. leaders and experts present diverse views on Iran, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and U.S.-Israel relations at online conference

The November 21 conference, co-hosted by the Y&S Nazarian Center, in partnership with Haaretz, Israel's leading newspaper, examined the most pressing strategic challenges facing the country today.

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Nazarian Center and Haaretz newspaper partner on Israeli security conference

This Sunday, Nov 21, the Y&S Nazarian Center and Haaretz, Israel's leading newspaper, will partner on a major online conference on Israeli national security and strategic challenges. Top Israeli and U.S. leaders and experts will tackle the Iranian threat, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and U.S.-Israel relations.

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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.

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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.


Prof. Waxman quoted in NYTimes Magazine

Dov Waxman, director of the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, is quoted in a New York Times Magazine article on young Jewish Americans support for Israel: "Inside the Unraveling of American Zionism: How a new generation of Jewish leaders began to rethink their support for Israel." (Nov 2, 2021)

Nazarian Center director Dov Waxman publishes book review in New York Times

Prof. Dov Waxman's piece "Finding New Ways to Write About and Grapple With Israel" reviews three new books exploring various dimensions of the Jewish state: Daniel Sokatch's “Can We Talk About Israel?,” Omri Boehm's “Haifa Republic” and Ethan Michaeli's “Twelve Tribes”. (Oct. 29, 2021)


Welcome to the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies at UCLA. Israel is a small country that looms large in public and academic discourse. The passions it evokes often present obstacles to nuanced analysis and civil discussion. Understanding the complexities of modern Israel requires knowledge from many academic disciplines and an awareness of multiple viewpoints and narratives. Through a commitment to academic rigor, interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship, and ...(read more)


Center publishes fourth 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 Fall 2021 issue features an article by cultural anthropologist and social historian Tomer Mazarib -- "Is the Relationship Between the Bedouin and Fellahin Dichotomous? An Anthropological Case Study."

Nazarian Center releases annual newsletter

The Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies is thrilled to release its latest annual newsletter, which features the center's teaching, research and outreach activities for the campus and the broader community. Click to read

Call for Applications: Visiting Faculty & Visiting Scholar positions (2022/23)

The UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center invites applications for the Visiting Faculty and Visiting Scholar Program. Applications are welcome from scholars working in a wide range of disciplines relating to Israel Studies. The deadline for the Visiting Faculty Program applications is November 1, 2021; Visiting Scholars application deadline is March 1, 2022. For more information and to apply: https://ucla.in/3EAMzyX

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