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UCLA Center for Middle East Development (CMED) series


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The UCLA Center for Middle East Development (CMED) series on Middle East security and cooperation features new and original scholarship on many of the most critical issues facing the region. Each book presents a variety of perspectives on a specific topic, such as democracy in the Middle East, dynamics of Israeli-Palestinian relations, Gulf security, and the gender factor in the Middle East. Aside from covering the key issues facing the region, the series also features a number of sub-themes under a single heading, covering security, social, political, and economic factors affecting the Middle East. All books feature a multinational collection of authors who, for political reasons, do not always publish in the same volume or collection, so no matter what the issue, specialists from within and beyond the region offer a broad range of different viewpoints.

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Contested Sites in Jerusalem: The Jerusalem Old City Initiative

Contested Sites in Jerusalem: The Jerusalem Old City Initiative

Tom Najem, Michael J. Molloy, Michael Bell, John Bell
November 13, 2017

Contested Sites in Jerusalem is the third and final volume in a series of books which collectively present in detail the work of the Jerusalem Old City Initiative, or JOCI, a major Canadian-led Track Two diplomatic effort, undertaken between 2003 and 2014. The aim of the Initiative was to find...

Governance and Security in Jerusalem: The Jerusalem Old City Initiative

Governance and Security in Jerusalem: The Jerusalem Old City Initiative

Tom Najem, Michael J. Molloy, Michael Bell, John Bell
October 10, 2017

Governance and Security in Jerusalem is the second in a series of three books which collectively present in detail the work of the Jerusalem Old City Initiative, or JOCI, a major Canadian-led Track Two diplomatic effort, undertaken between 2003 and 2014. The aim of the Initiative was to find...

The Political Ideology of Ayatollah Khamenei: Out of the Mouth of the Supreme Leader of Iran

The Political Ideology of Ayatollah Khamenei: Out of the Mouth of the Supreme Leader of Iran

Yvette Hovsepian-Bearce
May 31, 2017

Ayatollah ʿAli Hosseini Khamenei, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, is one of the most controversial and influential Muslim leaders in the world today. As Iran’s main decision-maker, his theocratic ideology and decisions carry global consequences. The Political Ideology of Ayatollah...

Reconstructing the Middle East: Political and Economic Policy

Reconstructing the Middle East: Political and Economic Policy

Abdulwahab Alkebsi, Nathan J Brown, Charlotta Sparre
March 08, 2017

It is clear by now that the label ‘Arab Spring’ has proven too simplistic to describe the uprisings that upended the political order of the Arab world in late 2010. Brutal crackdowns and civil conflict in Syria, Libya, and Yemen dashed the hopes that peaceful democratic revolutions would sweep the...

Track Two Diplomacy and Jerusalem: The Jerusalem Old City Initiative

Track Two Diplomacy and Jerusalem: The Jerusalem Old City Initiative

Tom Najem, Michael James Molloy, Michael Dougall Bell, John Bell
February 07, 2017

‘Track Two Diplomacy and Jerusalem’ is the first in a series of three books which collectively present the work of the Jerusalem Old City Initiative, or JOCI, a major Canadian-led Track Two diplomatic effort, undertaken between 2003 and 2014. JOCI’s raison d’être was to find sustainable governance...

Saudi Arabia and Nuclear Weapons: How do countries think about the bomb?

Saudi Arabia and Nuclear Weapons: How do countries think about the bomb?

Norman Cigar
March 21, 2016

Nuclear proliferation in the Middle East remains an issue of concern. Saudi Arabia’s actions will largely rest on Iran’s decisions, and discussions and preparations within Saudi Arabia would suggest that it is ready to react to potential shifts in the region’s nuclear powers. Saudi Arabia and...

Justice and Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Justice and Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Yaacov Bar Siman Tov
September 24, 2014

In this book, the late Prof. Yaacov Bar-Siman-Tov argues that the failure of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process so far has been mainly the result of the inability of both sides to reach an agreed formula for linking justice to peace. The issues of justice and injustice are focused mainly on...

Israeli Peacemaking Since 1967: Factors Behind the Breakthroughs and Failures

Israeli Peacemaking Since 1967: Factors Behind the Breakthroughs and Failures

Galia Golan
August 14, 2014

Examining the Israeli-Arab conflict as an "intractable conflict," Israeli Peacemaking since 1967 seeks to determine just which factors, or combination of factors, impacted on Israel's position in past peace-making efforts, possibly accounting for breakthroughs or failures to reach agreement. From...

Regional Security Dialogue in the Middle East: Changes, Challenges and Opportunities

Regional Security Dialogue in the Middle East: Changes, Challenges and Opportunities

Chen Kane, Egle Murauskaite
June 26, 2014

At this time of considerable political turmoil in the Middle East, there is a pressing need to explore alternative frameworks for regional security. The book discusses the Helsinki Process as one potentially relevant historical model to learn from. The Helsinki Process began in a divided Europe...

Non-State Actors in the Middle East: Factors for Peace and Democracy

Non-State Actors in the Middle East: Factors for Peace and Democracy

Galia Golan, Walid Salem
December 05, 2013

As the recent revolutions in the Middle East have demonstrated, civil society in this part of the world is on the move. The increasingly important role of non-state actors – a phenomenon of globalization- has characterized developments throughout the region, affecting the struggle for democracy and...

Gender and Violence in the Middle East

Gender and Violence in the Middle East

Moha Ennaji, Fatima Sadiqi
April 19, 2011

This book explores the relationship between Islamism, secularism and violence against women in the Middle East and North Africa. Drawing on case studies from across the region, the authors examine the historical, cultural, religious, social, legal and political factors affecting this key issue....

The Israel-Palestine Conflict: Parallel Discourses

The Israel-Palestine Conflict: Parallel Discourses

Elizabeth Matthews
March 16, 2011

The conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians is considered intractable by many, and is frequently characterised by the violence between the two sides. In attempts at peace, the starting point for negotiations is a cessation of violence; beneath this, however, lies a plethora of other...

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