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Feb. 8–9: Understanding the new Middle East

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A sniper fired at a group of fleeing civilians in west Mosul, Iraq.

The UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies is hosting an interdisciplinary conference to explore the roots and attributes of current Middle Eastern crises and to assess the region’s future trajectory.

Academics in the humanities and social sciences will come together with representatives of think tanks and non-governmental organizations to during six panel discussions on various topics concerning the Middle East. The keynote speaker will be Moncef Marzouki, the first democratically elected president of Tunisia. Among the panel topcis are: the Arab world post-uprisings, the future of political Islam, the crisis in Syria and arts and culture in the Middle East.

The conference will be held in the Laureate Room of the Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center on Feb. 8 and 9. For more information and to RSVP for the panels, visit the event website

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