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UCLA Center for Middle East Development (CMED)


About the Series

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. Most 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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Zionism, Palestinian Nationalism and the Law 1939-1948

Zionism, Palestinian Nationalism and the Law: 1939-1948

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Steven E. Zipperstein
November 30, 2021

During the last decade of the British Mandate for Palestine (1939-1948), Arabs and Jews used the law as a resource to gain leverage against each other and to influence international opinion. The parties invoked "transformational legal framing" to portray the essentially political-religious conflict...

The Foreign Policy of Smaller Gulf States Size, Power, and Regime Stability in the Middle East

The Foreign Policy of Smaller Gulf States: Size, Power, and Regime Stability in the Middle East

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Máté Szalai
September 28, 2021

This book studies how smaller Gulf states managed to increase their influence in the Middle East, oftentimes capitalising on their smallness as a foreign policy tool. By establishing a novel theoretical framework (the complex model of size), this study identifies specific ways in which material and...

Women and Resistance in the Maghreb Remembering Kahina

Women and Resistance in the Maghreb: Remembering Kahina

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Nabil Boudraa, Joseph Ohmann Krause
July 30, 2021

This book studies women’s resistance in the three countries of the Maghreb, concentrating on two questions: First, what has been the role of women artists since the 1960s in unlocking traditions and emancipating women on their own terms? Second, why have Maghrebi women rarely been given the right ...

Law and the Arab–Israeli Conflict The Trials of Palestine

Law and the Arab–Israeli Conflict: The Trials of Palestine

1st Edition

By Steven E. Zipperstein
March 03, 2020

During the British Mandate for Palestine (1922–1948), Arabs and Jews repeatedly used the law to gain leverage and influence international opinion, especially in three dramatic and largely forgotten trials involving two issues: the interplay between conflicting British promises to the Arabs and Jews...

Winners and Losers in the ‘Arab Spring’ Profiles in Chaos

Winners and Losers in the ‘Arab Spring’: Profiles in Chaos

1st Edition

By Yossi (Joseph) Alpher
August 12, 2019

This book looks at the way primarily external actors influenced and were influenced by the revolutionary chaos that erupted in the Arab Middle East in 2011. The Arab revolutions radically altered the Middle East dynamic and particularly the strategic standing of key actors, both locally and ...

The Arab Gulf States and the West Perceptions and Realities – Opportunities and Perils

The Arab Gulf States and the West: Perceptions and Realities – Opportunities and Perils

1st Edition

Edited By Dania Koleilat Khatib, Marwa Maziad
October 17, 2018

This book examines the changing image of the Arab Gulf States in the West. It addresses the question of perception in international relations and how the Arab States of the Gulf have pursued various endeavors to project themselves into Western imagination. The book chapters generate ideas on how ...

Contested Sites in Jerusalem The Jerusalem Old City Initiative

Contested Sites in Jerusalem: The Jerusalem Old City Initiative

1st Edition

Edited By Tom Najem, Michael J. Molloy, Michael Bell, John Bell
November 16, 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

1st Edition

Edited By Tom Najem, Michael J. Molloy, Michael Bell, John Bell
October 05, 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

1st Edition

By Yvette Hovsepian-Bearce
May 18, 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

1st Edition

Edited By Abdulwahab Alkebsi, Nathan J Brown, Charlotta Sparre
March 17, 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

1st Edition

Edited By Tom Najem, Michael James Molloy, Michael Dougall Bell, John Bell
February 09, 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?

1st Edition

By Norman Cigar
April 11, 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 ...

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