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James Gelvin


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Office  7377 Bunche Hall
Phone  310-206-4854


Ph.D., Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, History and Middle Eastern Studies, 1992.

 M.A., Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, New York, NY, 1985.

 B.A., Columbia College, Columbia University, New York, NY, 1983.


Renaissance Weekend, 2019.

 Honoree, Syrian Institute for Progress, 2019.

Distinguished Visitor, Center for Middle East History, University of California, Berkeley, 2017.

Winner, 2015 Middle East Studies Association Undergraduate Education Award.

 Recipient, UCLA Academic Advancement Program Faculty Recognition Award, January 2008.

 Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2007 (for Israel‑Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War).

 Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 1999-2000.

 President’s Research Fellowship in the Humanities, University of California, 1999-2000.

 Faculty Excellence Award, presented by the UCLA chapter of Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society, 1998.



Department of Education/Title VI Travel/Research Grant, Summer 2004.

Research Grant, G.E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies, Summer 2003.

Faculty Research Grant, Department of History, UCLA, Winter 2003.

UCLA Academic Senate Grant, Annually 1998-Present.

Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 1999-2000.

President’s Research Fellowship in the Humanities, University of California, 1999-2000.

Selected Publications


The Contemporary Middle East in an Age of Upheaval (editor, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2021).

 The New Middle East: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2018).

            -----Hungarian Edition, Pallas Athnene, 2019.

 Global Muslims in the Age of Steam and Print, 1850-1930 (co-editor, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2014).

 The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012).

            -----Revised Edition, 2015.

 Israel‑Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War (Cambridge, ENG: Cambridge University Press, 2006).

            -----Revised Edition, 2008.

            -----Revised Edition, 2014.

            -----Revised Edition, 2021.

            -----Italian Edition, Giulio Einaudi Editore SpA, 2007.

            -----Polish Edition, Jagiellonian University Press, 2008.

            -----Portuguese Edition, Edipro, 2017.

 The Modern Middle East: A History (New York: Oxford University Press, 2004).

            -----2nd Edition, 2007.

            -----3rd Edition, 2011.

            -----4th Edition, 2015.

            -----5th Edition, 2020.

            -----Italian Edition, Giulio Einaudi Editore SpA, 2008

            -----Turkish Edition, 2016.

            -----Italian Edition, Giulio Einaudi Editore SpA (5th ed.), 2022.

 Divided Loyalties: Nationalism and Mass Politics in Syria at the Close of Empire (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998).

            -----Arabic Edition, 2021.



“The Arab Uprisings: Lessons to be Learned (and Unlearned),” Forum: “Le rivolte arabe in prospettiva storica,” Il Mestiere di Storico (Italian Society of Contemporary History—SISSCO), 5:1 (June 2013).

 “‘Modernity,’ ‘Tradition,’ and the Battleground of Gender in Early Twentieth-Century Damascus,” Die Welt des Islams 52 (2012).

 “Nationalism, Anarchism, Reform: Understanding Political Islam from the Inside Out,” Middle East Policy XVII, 3 (Fall 2010).

 “‘Arab Nationalism’ Meets Social Theory,” “Pensée: ‘Arab Nationalism’: Has a New Framework Emerged?" International Journal of Middle East Studies 41 (2009).

 “Al-Qaeda and Anarchism: A Historian’s Reply to Terrorology,” and “Al-Qaeda and Anarchism: A Historian’s Reply to Terrology: Response to Commentaries,” Terrorism and Political Violence 20:4 (2008).

 “The Politics of Notables Forty Years After,” Middle East Studies Association Bulletin, 40:1 (June 2006).

 “Globalization, Religion, and Politics in the Middle East: The Current Crisis in Historical Perspective,” Global Development Studies (Winter 2004/Spring 2005).

 “Islamism and Nationalism: Common Roots, Common Destinies,” Beiruter Blaetter: Mitteilungen des Orient-Institutes Beirut, 10-11 (March 2004).

 “Zionism and the Representation of ‘Jewish Palestine’ at the New York World’s Fair, 1939-1940,” The International History Review XXII:1 (March 2000).

 "Modernity and Its Discontents: On the Durability of Nationalism in the Arab Middle East," Nations and Nationalism 5:1 (January 1999).

 "The League of Nations and the Question of National Identity in the Fertile Crescent," World Affairs (Summer 1995).

 "The Social Origins of Popular Nationalism in Syria: Evidence for a New Framework," International Journal of Middle East Studies (November 1994).

 "Demonstrating Communities in Post-Ottoman Syria," The Journal of Interdisciplinary History XXV:I (Summer 1994).



“A New Middle East?” in James L. Gelvin (ed.), The Contemporary Middle East in an Age of Upheaval (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2021).

 “The Syrian Civil War and the New Middle East,” in James L. Gelvin (ed.), The Contemporary Middle East in an Age of Upheaval (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2021).

 “Religion, State, and Society in the New Middle East,” in Catalin-Stefan Popa (ed.), From Polarization to Cohabitation in the New Middle East (Harrassowitz Verlag, 2020).

 “Nationalism in the Arab Middle East: Resolving Some Issues,” in Larbi Sadiki (ed.), Routledge Handbook on the Politics of the Middle East (Abingdon, Oxon, UK: Routledge, forthcoming 2019).

 “The Arab Uprisings of 2010-11,” in David Motadel (ed.), Revolutionary World: Political Upheaval in the Global Age (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2020).

 "Comprendiendo las insurrecciones árabes," in G. Conde et al. (eds.), Mundo árabe: Levantamientos populares, contextos, crisis y reconfiguraciones (Ciudad de México: El Colegio de México/CIDE, 2015). 

 “Was There a Mandates Period?  Some Concluding Thoughts,” in Cyrus Schayegh and Andrew Arsan (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of the History of the Middle East Mandates (New York: Routledge, 2015).

 “Reassessing the Recent History of Political Islam in Light of the Arab Uprisings,” in Fahed Al-Sumait et al. (eds.), The Arab Uprisings: Catalysts, Dynamics, and Trajectories (New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014).

 “The Arab World at the Intersection of the Transnational and National,” in David W. Lesch and Mark Haas (eds.), The Arab Spring: Change and Resistance in the Middle East  (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2012).

            -----Rewritten for Lesch and Haas (eds.), The Arab Spring: Hope and Reality of the Uprisings, 2nd Edition, Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2016).

            -----Reprinted in Karl Yambert (ed.), The Contemporary Middle East: A Westview Reader (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2013).

            -----Revised and translated as “Arap Ayaklanmalarini Anlamak” in Y. Dogan Cetinkaya (ed.), Ortadogu: Direnis, Devrim, Emperyalizm (Istanbul: Iletisim Yayinlari, 2013).

 “American Global Economic Policy and the Civic Order in the Middle East,” in Michael Bonine et al. (eds.), Is There a Middle East? (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2011).

  “The Middle East Breasted Discovered,” in Geoff Emberling and John Larson (eds.), Pioneers to the Past: American Archaeologists in the Middle East, 1919-20 (Chicago: Oriental Institute, 2010).

 “Resolution of the Syrian General Congress, 1919,” in Brian Bonhomme and Cathleen Boivin (eds.), Milestone Documents in World History: Exploring the Primary Sources That Shaped the World (Dallas: Schlager Group, 2010).

 “Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc?: Reassessing the Lineages of Nationalism in Bilad al-Sham,” in Thomas Philipp and Christoph Schumann (eds.), From the Syrian Land to the State of Syria (Würtzburg: ERGON Verlag, 2004).

 “T.E. Lawrence and Historical Representation,” in Charles Stang (ed.), The Waking Dream of T.E. Lawrence: Essays on His Life, Literature, and Legacy (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2002).

 “Secularism and Religion in the Arab Middle East: Reinventing Islam in a World of Nation States,” in Derek R. Peterson and Darren Walhof (eds.), The Invention of Religion: Rethinking Belief and Politics in History (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2002).

 “Developmentalism, Revolution, and Freedom in the Arab Middle East: The Cases of Egypt, Syria, and Iraq,” in Robert H. Taylor (ed.), The Idea of Freedom in Asia and Africa (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2002).

 "(Re)Presenting Nations: Demonstrations and Nationalisms in Pre-Mandate Syria," in F. Moge Gocek (ed.), Social Constructions of Nationalism in the Middle East (Albany: SUNY Press, 2002).

 “Napoleon in Egypt as History and Polemic,” in Irene Bierman (ed.), Napoleon in Egypt (Reading, ENG: Ithaca Press, 2003).

 “The Other Arab Nationalism: Syrian/Arab Populism in Its Historical and International Contexts" in James Jankowski and Israel Gershoni (eds.), Rethinking Nationalisms in the Arab World (New York: Columbia University Press, 1997).

 "The Ironic Legacy of the King-Crane Commission," in David W. Lesch (ed.), The United States in the Middle East: A Historical Reassessment (Boulder: Westview Press, 1995).



Guy Laron, The Six-Day War: The Breaking of the Middle East, The Historian (forthcoming).

 Laura Robson, States of Separation: Transfer, Partition, and the Making of the Modern Middle East, Review of Middle Eastern Studies, (3 July 2019).

 Omnia El Shakry, The Arabic Freud: Psychoanalysis and Islam in Modern Egypt, American Historical Review 123:5 (1 December 2018).

 Agnes de Dreuzy, The Holy See and the Emergence of the Modern Middle East: Benedict XV’s Diplomacy in Greater Syria (1914-1922), The Historian (9 August 2018).

 Maryanne A. Rhett, The Global History of the Balfour Declaration: Declared Nation, Journal of Global History 12:3 (November 2017).

 Avi Shlaim, Israel and Palestine: Reappraisals, Revisions, Refutations, International Journal of Middle East Studies 45:1 (February 2013).

 Peter Beinart, The Crisis of Zionism, Journal of Church and State, (July 23, 2013).

 Firro, Kais.  Metamorphosis of the Nation (al-Umma): The Rise of Arabism and Minorities in Syria and Lebanon, 1850-1940.  Nations and Nationalism 15:4 (October 2009).

 Hurd, Elizabeth Shakman.  The Politics of Secularism in International Relations.  International History Review XXX, 4 (2008).   

 Amos Nadan, Amos.  The Palestinian Peasant Economy under the Mandate: A Story of Colonial Bungling; Assaf Likhovski, Law and Identity in Mandate PalestineAmerican Historical Review (October 2007).

 Fruma Zachs, The Making of a Syrian Identity: Intellectuals and Merchants in Nineteenth Century Beirut.  MESA Bulletin (June 2006).

 Mansoor Moaddel, Islamic Modernism, Nationalism, and Fundamentalism: Episode and DiscourseThe International History Review (September 2006).

 Mark LeVine, Overthrowing Geography: Jaffa, Tel Aviv, and the Struggle for Palestine 1880-1948.  Journal of Palestine Studies 138 (Winter 2006).

 Ussama Makdisi, The Culture of Sectarianism: Community, History, and Violence in Nineteenth-Century Lebanon.  American Historical Review 107:1 (February 2002).

 Eugene L. Rogan, Frontiers of the State in the Late Ottoman Empire: Transjordan, 1850-1921.  Middle East Journal 54:4 (Autumn 2000).

 Elizabeth Thompson, Colonial Citizens: Republican Rights, Paternal Privilege, and Gender in French Syria and Lebanon.  The International History Review 22:4 (December 2000).

 Kathleen Christison, Perceptions of Palestine: Their Influence on Middle East Policy.  Political Science Quarterly 115:1 (Spring 2000).

 Hasan Kayali, Arabs and Young Turks: Ottomanism, Arabism, and Islamism in the Ottoman Empire, 1908-1918.  International Journal of Middle East Studies (February 1999).

 Nicolaos Van Dam, The Struggle for Power in Syria: Politics and Society under Asad and the Bacth Party.  Middle East Studies Association Bulletin 31 (1997).

 Tamara Sonn, Interpreting Islam: Bandali Jawzi’s Islamic Intellectual History. The Middle East Journal 4 (Autumn 1997).

,Rashid Khalidi et al., The Origins of Arab Nationalism.  British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 20:1 (1993). 



“West Bank Annexation: The Triumph of Domestic Politics over International Law and Common Sense,” Tehran Times, 5 July 2020, https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/449614/West-Bank-annexation-The-triumph-of-domestic-politics-over-international.

 Online Commentary: “Turkish Attack on Syria Endangers a Remarkable Democratic Experiment by the Kurds,” The Conversation, 10 October 2019, http://theconversation.com/turkish-attack-on-syria-endangers-a-remarkable-democratic-experiment-by-the-kurds-125105.

            Reposted by: UPI, Salon, Business Insider, International Business Times, Flipboard, International Policy Digest, Inoreader, ,Newsblur, Houston Chronicle, Newsify, Idaho Press-Tribune, Lee Enterprises, SF Gate, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Moderate Voice, Reaction (UK), The Iranian, Religion News Service, News Republic, Big News Network, Informed Comment, europenews.net, usnews.net, politomix.com, thedailyripple.org, Foreign Policy News, The Quint (India), New Haven (CT) Register, The Sentinel Register (Hot Springs, AK), alternet.org, Global Economic Intersection, The Raw Story, blackchristiannews.com, JSTOR Daily, Ecologist, Democracy Digest,

            Excerpted by: New York Magazine (Intelligencer).

 Online Commentary: “No—Trump is not Like Obama on Middle East Policy,” The Conversation, 7 January 2019, https://theconversation.com/no-trump-is-not-like-obama-on-middle-east-policy-109223#comment_1816970.

            Reposted by: The Raw Story, Fanack, Flipboard, Newsify, San Francisco Chronicle/SF Gate, International Policy Digest, Lee Enterprises, News Republic (App), sNEWSi, Idaho Press Tribune, Houston Chronicle, Inoreader,  Informed Comment, The Quint (India), Business Standard (India), The ,Business Times, Salon.com, Brewminate, Atlas Institute for International Affairs, National Views.

            Translated and Reposted as “Không, Trump không giống Obama về chính sách Trung Đông,” News RND (Vietnam).

            Excerpted, Translated, and Reposted as 专家:撤军中东特朗普战略眼光逊奥巴马_联合早报, mingpao.com (Hong Kong); https://www.zaobao.com.sg/wencui/politic/story20190116-924462 (Singapore); www.unzbw.com/mon/keji/20190116/53477.html (Mongolia).

 Videocast: “The Roots of the Arab-Israeli Conflict with James L. Gelvin,” Alworth Center for Peace and Justice, St. Scholastica College, 27 September 2018, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0ssII_fQuE

 Interview: “A Long View of the Middle East,” The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Summer 2018, https://www.thecairoreview.com/q-a/a-long-view-of-the-middle-east/.

 Online Conversation: “Is Saudi Arabia Cute Now?  With Professor James Gelvin,” Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness, 29 May 2018, http://gettingcurious.libsyn.com/is-saudi-arabia-cute-now-with-prof-james-gelvin.

 Online Commentary: “US Airstrikes in Syria Nothing More Than Theater,” The Conversation, 15 April 2018, https://theconversation.com/us-airstrikes-in-syria-nothing-more-than-theater-95033

            Reposted by: Salon, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle/SFGate, Newsify, Lee Enterprises, Fort Bend (TX) Herald, Skagit Valley (WA) Herald, Main News,

            Translated and Reposted as” “Westerse bombardementen op Syrië zijn niet effectief,” MO* Magazine (Brussels), 18 April 2018, https://www.mo.be/opinie/bombardement-op-syri-vooral-kabuki-opinie.

Translated and Reposted as: “Vergeldingsbombardementen in Syrië zijn ineffectief,” Vrije Tribune (Brussels), 19 April 2018, http://www.knack.be/nieuws/wereld/vergeldingsbombardementen-in-syrie-zijn-ineffectief/article-opinion-1137283.html.

Translated and Reposted as: “Bombardement op Syrië is Vooral ‘Kabuki,’” Inter Press Service (Brussels), 19 April 2018, https://www.ipsnews.be/artikel/bombardement-op-syrie-vooral-kabuki-opinie.

 Online Interview: “ Alliance With Israel'd Give Riyadh Strategic Depth Against Iran’—Professor,” Sputnik International, 4 April 2018.

 Online Commentary: “Syrien: Somalia am Mittelmeer,” Welt-Sichten (Frankfurt), 12 March 2018, https://www.welt-sichten.org/artikel/33391/syrien-somalia-am-mittelmeer.

 Online Book Launch, Interview, and Excerpt: “James L. Gelvin, The New Middle East: What Everyone Needs to Know (New Books Out Now),” Jadaliyya, 9 March 2018, http://www.jadaliyya.com/Details/36288/James-L-Gelvin,-The-New-Middle-East-What-Everyone-Needs-to-Know-New-Texts-Out-Now.

 Podcast, “#32: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Part I,” Impolite Conversation at the Intersection of Religion and Politics, 5 March 2018, http://impconvo.blubrry.com/episodes/.

 Commentator, “Enemies of Peace: The Conspiracy for Control of the Middle East,” al-Jazeera/Media Dream Productions, 24 February 2018, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZVJ4P2rj1Q.

Online Commentary: “From Bad to Worse?  5 Things 2018 Will Bring to the Middle East,” The Conversation, 8 December 2017, https://theconversation.com/profiles/james-l-gelvin-146278/dashboard#.

            Reposted by: U.S. News and World Report, Salon, Newsweek, The Montana Standard, Lacrosse (WI) Tribune, Fllipboard, Lee Enterprises, San Francisco Chronicle/SF Gate, Newsify, Idaho Press Tribune, Houston Chronicle, Skagit (WA) Valley Herald, Inkl, Huron Daily Tribune (MI), GV Wire (Central Valley, CA), Winona (MN) Daily News, Edwardsville (IL) Intelligencer, Rapid City (SD) Journal, Bozeman (MT) Daily Chronicle, Albany Times Union, Beaumont (TX) Enterprise, Albany Times Union, Seattle Post Intelligencer, wrdw.com (Augusta, GA), Rapid City (SD) Journal, Post Register (Idaho Falls, Idaho), Globalidades (Brazil), San Antonio Express News, Tune IN23 (India), econotime.com, Newscycle Mobile, Danbury (CT) News-Times, Pacific Standard, brewminate.com, Kashmirpen (Srinagar, Kashmir), The Reader, beforeitsnews.com, Global Economic Intersection,  Global Security Review, Sri Lanka Guardian, The Wire (India), Life & News (New York), Business Insider, The Week (India), Indian Strategic Studies, The Cape Messenger (Cape Town, South Africa),  

            Translated and Reposted as: “Cinque motivi per cui il Medio Oriente nel 2018 potrebbe finire dalla padella alla brace (Five Reasons Why the Middle East in 2018 Will go from the Frying pan to the Fire),” Business Insider Italia, 26 January 2018, https://it.businessinsider.com/cinque-motivi-per-cui-il-medio-oriente-nel-2018-potrebbe-finire-dalla-padella-alla-brace/?refresh_ce.

Translated and Reposted as: Online Commentary: “2018 belooft weinig goeds voor Midden-Oosten (“2018 Promises Little Good for the Middle East”),” MO* Magazine (Brussels), 10 January 2018, https://www.mo.be/opinie/2018-belooft-weinig-goeds-voor-midden-oosten.

            Reposted by: Instituut voor Marokkaanse en Mediterrane Studies (IMaMS), Antwerp.

            Translated and Reposted as: “Ortadoğu Coğrafyası İçin 2018 Tahminleri (Forecasts for the Middle East Region for 2018),” Derin Tarih, 1 February 2018, http://www.derintarih.com/derin-yorum/ortadogu-cografyasi-icin-2018-tahminleri/.

            Reprinted in Ottoman History (Turkey), July/August 2018.

 Online Commentary: “From Syria to Jerusalem: To What Extent Will the Region’s Crises be get Worse in 2018?” (Arabic language), sasapost.com, 11 January 2018, https://www.sasapost.com/translation/from-bad-to-worse-5-things-2018-will-bring-to-the-middle-east/.

 Online Interview: “Jerusalem Decision Debacle: 'This is Irrational Even from Trump's Point of View',” Sputnik News, 7 December 2017,


 Podcast Interview: “Trump's Middle East policy is to look at what Obama did and do the opposite,” Radio Sputnik, 7 December 2017, https://soundcloud.com/radiosputnik/trumps-middle-east-policy-is-to-look-at-what-obama-did-and-do-the-opposite-dr-james-l-gelvin.

 Podcast: “The New Middle East: What Everyone Needs to Know,” UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies et al., 17 November 2017, http://www.international.ucla.edu/cnes/article/185543.

 Online Commentary: “What Draws ‘Lone Wolves’ to the Islamic State?” The Conversation, 1 November 2017, https://theconversation.com/what-draws-lone-wolves-to-the-islamic-state-86746.

            Reposted by: San Francisco Chronicle/SF Gate, Skagit (WA) Valley Herald; Los Angeles Times; Business Insider; Eyewitness News (South Africa); Flipboard; Global Security Newswire; wionews (India); Daily Mail (UK); Mogaz News (Cairo); Arizona Daily Star (tucson.com); Epoch Times; New Haven Register; Joburg Post (South Africa; International Business Times; SabrangIndia; The Wire (India; The News Minute (Bangalore, India; PBS Newshour; All4Women (South Africa; Small Wars Journal; EuroZprávy.cz (Czech Republic); The Independent (Singapore); Qrius (The Indian Economist); Before Its News.

 Online Commentary: “Suudî Paranoyasının Yakın Tarihteki Kökleri (“The Roots of Saudi Arabia’s Current Paranoia),” Derin Tarih, November 2017, http://www.derintarih.com/gundem/suudi-paranoyasinin-yakin-tarihteki-kokleri/.

 Videocast: “The Middle East: Where is the Road Leading?” Plato Society, Los Angeles, 20 October 2017, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKjljLWp0BM.

 Online Commentary: “Why is Saudi Arabia Suddenly so Paranoid?” The Conversation, 19 October 2017, https://theconversation.com/why-is-saudi-arabia-suddenly-so-paranoid-85784.

            Reposted by: Chicago Tribune; The Review (Saudi-US Trade Group); International Policy Digest; LaCrosse Tribune (WI);  Business Standard (India); Flipboard; Informed Comment; Lee Enterprises; Houston Chronicle; Rapid City Journal (SD); Idaho Press Tribune; Montana Standard; Arizona Daily Star (Tucson); World News Report; Global Security Review; Epoch Times (S.E. Asia Edition); Times of Saudia; Salon.com; The Reader (Redlands, CA; Dubai Forum.

 Podcast: “What’s Going on in the Middle East Right Now.  With Dr. James Gelvin,” Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness, 11 October 2017, http://gettingcurious.libsyn.com/whats-going-on-in-the-middle-east-right-now-with-dr-james-gelvin.

 Online Commentary: “The Roots of Saudi Arabia’s Paranoia,” Bait al-Maqdis (Persian), 9 October 2017, http://media.qudsonline.ir/d/2017/10/08/0/773196.pdf;

 Online Commentary: “Are Islamic State recruits more street gang members than zealots?” The Conversation, 19 August 2017, https://theconversation.com/are-islamic-state-recruits-more-street-gang-members-than-zealots-82730.

            Reposted by: Seattle Post-Intelligencer;  Laredo Morning Times; LaCrosse (WI) Tribune, Skagit Valley (WA) Herald;; Odessa (TX) American; International Policy Digest; San Francisco Chronicle/sfgate.com; Albany (OR) Democrat-Herald; tucsan.com; Idaho Press Tribune; Connecticut Post; terroralert.comGlobal Security News Wire; Greenwich Time; NRT24; The Edwardsville (IL) Intelligencer; New Haven Register; Homeland Security News Wire, 20 August 2017; Business Standard (India); Bozeman Daily Chronicle; Independent Record, Helena (MT); World Economic Forum; Observer (NY); Qrius/Indian Economist; Fanack (Arabic); New Sphere (Japanese); Livedoor News (Japanese), 9 October 2017.

 Commentary: “James Gelvin: ‘Katar Krizinin Sebebi ABD’yi Avucunun İçine Alan Suudi Arabistan’dır’” (“James Gelvin: ‘Saudi Arabia, of which the United States is Hostage, is the Cause of the Qatar Crisis’”), Derin Tarih, July 2017, http://www.derintarih.com/ozel-dosya/james-gelvin-katar-krizinin-sebebi-abdyi-avucunun-icine-alan-suudi-arabistandir/.

 Online Commentary: “What Caused the Saudi-Qatari Cold War? (Farsi), Hadi Science and Research Foundation, 26 June 2017, http://www.haadi.ir/Modules/Content/Other/Print.aspx?id=702.

            Reposted by: ostadnews.ir; Fars News; Saheb Khabar; tgnews.ir; dolatebehar.com; khabarfarsi.com; rookard24.com; betanews.ir; khabarnewe3.ir; bebinak; Majallat Irani; jahannews.com; ghatreh.com; shamsabadnews.com; Islam Times (Farsi Edition).

 Online Commentary: “The Trump Doctrine in the Middle East is to Follow Saudi Arabia’s Lead,” History News Network, 25 June 2017, http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/166245.

            Reposted by: rawstory.com; wopular.com; oianews.com.

 Online Interview: “Η ειρήνη αργεί στην Παλαιστίνη” (“Peace is Slow to Come to Palestine”), To Vima (Athens, Greece), 20 June 2017, http://www.tovima.gr/world/article/?aid=878109&wordsinarticle=%CE%A8%CF%85%CF%87%CE%B1%CF%81%CE%B7%3b%CE%B5%CE%B9%CF%81%CE%AE%CE%BD%CE%B7

 Videocast: “Obama’s Legacy in the Middle East,” Center for Middle East Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 25 May 2017, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQeXmPbm7mk.

 Radio Interview: Wisconsin Public Radio, 23 May 2017, https://www.wpr.org/listen/1108206.

 Online Commentary: “The Real Middle East Crisis,” History News Network, 21 May 2017, http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/165865.

            Reposted by: Chicago Sun-Times, 26 May 2017, http://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/the-real-crisis-in-the-middle-east/.

 Online Interview: “Uma saída negociada entre israelenses e palestinos não parece estar próxima  (“A Negotiated Settlement between the Israelis and Palestinians is not Near),” Epoca (São Paulo, Brazil), May 16, 2017, http://epoca.globo.com/mundo/noticia/2017/05/uma-saida-negociada-entre-israelenses-e-palestinos-nao-parece-estar-proxima.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=post.

Online Commentary: “Understanding Donald Trump’s Policy in the Middle East (Farsi),” Beshirat (Tehran), http://basirat.ir/en/news/1932/understanding-donald-trump%E2%80%99s-policy-in-the-middle-east.

Radio Interview: “ISIS Scenarios,” The Matt Townsend Show, BYUradio, 22 February 2017, https://www.byuradio.org/episode/dfd6e6db-33d3-4055-95bd-66cb0df53de8/the-matt-townsend-show-isis-scenarios-power-of-meaning-inspired-successful-children.

Online Commentary: “An Interview with James Gelvin, author of The Israel-Palestine Conflict,” Cambridge Academic Books, 8 February 2017, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlJmBjKxyro.

Editor, “Teaching the Introductory Middle East Survey Course,” Special Issue: Review of Middle Eastern Studies 51 (February 2017).

 Author, “What is the Future of the Middle East Survey Course,” Review of Middle Eastern Studies 51 (February 2017), https://doi.org/10.1017/rms.2017.47.

 Op-Ed: “Assad Has Won in Syria.  But Syria Hardly Exists,” The New York Times (co-authored with David W. Lesch), 11 January 2017, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/11/opinion/assad-has-won-in-syria-but-syria-hardly-exists.html?ref=opinion.

 Online Commentary: (“Special Report: Professor James Gelvin: What Will Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy in the Middle East Be?”), Fars News Agency (Tehran), 3 December 2016, http://www.ghatreh.com/news/nn34859969/.

 Online Commentary: “What Happens in the Middle East Now?” History News Network, 23 November 2016, http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/164444.

 Podcast interview, “ISIS are Being Pushed Back,“The Daily,” 2SER Radio (Sydney, Australia), http://www.2ser.com/accessibility/item/25989-isis-are-being-pushed-back.  

 Online Interview: “Professor from the University of California in Interview with Tasnim: Saudi Arabia Will not Seek a Compromise in Yemen”, Tasnim News Agency (Tehran), 2 November 2016, http://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1395/08/13/1228165/.

 Online Commentary, “Is the Islamic State Finished?  Five Possible Scenarios,” The Conversation, 27 October 2016, https://theconversation.com/is-the-islamic-state-finished-five-possible-scenarios-67676.

            Reposted by: Associated Press, Newsweek.com, HoustonChronicle.com, SanAntonioExpress-News.com, AlbanyTimes-Union.com, seattlepi.com (Seattle Post Intelligencer), SanFranciscoChronicle.com, Thebaghdadpost.com, EpochTimes.com, I nformedComment.com, Australian Outlook, HomelandSecurityNewsWire.com, StamfordAdvocate.com (CT), DanburyNewsTimes.com (CT), BusinessInsider.com, EconoTimes.com, ConnecticutPost.com, GreenwichTime.com, Inkl.com, Warincontext.org.

            Translated and Reposted as “¿Qué pasará con el EI cuando sus territorios sean recapturados?Newsweek en Español, http://nwnoticias.com/#!/noticias/que-pasara-con-el-ei-cuando-sus-territorios-sean-recapturados.

            Translated and Reposted as “Wat gebeurt er met IS wanneer hun terrein heroverd wordt? Vijf mogelijke scenario's,” Het Laatste Nieuws (Brussels), http://www.hln.be/hln/nl/33982/Islamitische-Staat/article/detail/2955932/2016/11/02/Wat-gebeurt-er-met-IS-wanneer-hun-terrein-heroverd-wordt-Vijf-mogelijke-scenario-s.dhtml.

            Translated and Reposted as 关于ISIS的未来 这里有五种结局

企图实现不可能实现目标的高风险运动本身就难以长久。ISIS兴许亦是如此, jiemian.com (China), http://www.jiemian.com/article/932053.html.

                   Translation Reposted by http://www.dooo.cc, http://pit.ifeng.com, www.xici.net, http://observe.chinaiiss.com, http://www.weidu8.net, http://www.haijiangzx.com.

            Translated and Reposted as ISISは壊滅する, Newsweek Japan, http://www.newsweekjapan.jp/stories/world/2016/11/isis-90.php.

 Podcast, “ISIS, Terror, and the Future of the Middle East,” Emeriti Association of UCLA/Retirees’ Association of UCLA, June 2016, https://player.fm/series/internet-archive-mediatype-audio/ucla-prof-james-l-gelvin-on-isis-terror-and-syria.

 Online Interview: “America and the West Have Embraced the War on Terrorism (Farsi),” Tasnim News Agency (Tehran), 15 May 2016,

      Reposted as “Terrorism is Ineffective and Obama is Trying to Explain This to the American People”, Majalla Khabarjo, http://macho.ir/news/47484/, 13 June 2016.

 Online Commentary: “Obsession with Sykes-Picot says more about what we think of Arabs than history,” The Conversation, 12 May 2016, https://theconversation.com/obsession-with-sykes-picot-says-more-about-what-we-think-of-arabs-than-history-58775.

            Reposted by: SudOuest.com, NewZealandHerald.com, MercatorNet.com, InformedComment.com.

 Commentary: “Sykes-Picot Agreement: Myth vs. Reality,” Arab Daily News, 21 March 2016, http://thearabdailynews.com/2016/03/21/sykes-picot-agreement-myth-vs-reality/.

 Tele-conference: “The Future of Syria,” “The Syrian Refugee Crisis and Its Impact on Turkey and the Middle East,” Turkish Heritage Society, Washington, DC, March 2016, http://turkheritage.org/en/events/how-to-manage-the-refugee-crisis_1565.

 Online Commentary: “Understanding Islamic State: where does it come from and what does it want?” The Conversation, 29 January 2016, https://theconversation.com/understanding-islamic-state-where-does-it-come-from-and-what-does-it-want-52155.

            Reposted by: NewZealandHerald.com, MercatorNet.com, RockRiverTimes.com (Rock River, IL).

 “Décrypter Daech (1) : d’où vient-il et que veut-il?” 29 February 2016, https://theconversation.com/decrypter-daech-1-dou-vient-il-et-que-veut-il-55204.

            Reposted by: SudOuest.com, ActualitéHousseniaWriting.com.

 Commentary: “La ceguera de los Saud,” La Razón (Madrid), 4 January 2016, http://www.larazon.es/internacional/la-ceguera-de-los-saud-FH11612362#.Ttt1njwS4uNRDL1.

 Online Commentary: “Could an End to Syria’s Civil War be in Sight?” The Conversation, 17 December 2015, https://theconversation.com/could-an-end-to-syrias-civil-war-be-in-sight-52063.

            Reposted by: InformedComment.com, WarinContextblog.com, Polyconumdrum.com, International Policy Digest.

 Podcast: Getting Curious: “What's the Difference between Sunni and Shia Muslims and Why Don't They Love Each Other?,” 16 December 2015, http://www.maximumfun.org/getting-curious/getting-curious-whats-difference-between-sunni-and-shia-muslims-why-dont-they-love-e.

 Videocast: Forum on Kurds: Crisis in Syria and Iraq, 15 December 2015, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ync6ZjgeCAo.

 Videocast: MESA Special Panel, “Debating Syria’s Future,” 15 December 2015, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBNPJl3LNLo.

 “Preparing and Delivering Conference Papers,” Issues in Middle East Studies 37:2 (November 2015).

Videocast: “The Syria Crisis,” Pacifica Institute, Los Angeles, CA, 15 October 2015, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqVxsKPB05g.

 Videocast: “James Gelvin addresses The Plato Society on the Rise and Fall of the Islamic State,” 21 May 2015,  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXG9mRhuaBg.

 Podcast: Book Talk: “The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know, 2nd ed., 20 May 2015, http://www.international.ucla.edu/media/podcasts/TheArabUprisings-hf-1av.mp3.

 Online Commentary: “Six Predictions about What Will Happen in Syria,” History News Network, 17 May 2015,  http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/159417.

 Radio Interview: “Counterpoint: James Gelvin on The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know,” WKNO (Memphis), 15 May 2015, http://wknofm.org/post/james-gelvin-arab-uprisings-what-everyone-needs-know.

 Videocast: “The Past and the Future of the Middle East,” Panel: “Why History Matters and the Future of History,” Department of History, UCLA and Center for Near Eastern Studies, UCLA, 2 April 2015, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHALhftiNrs.

Videocast: “The Legacy of World War I in the Middle East,” Alden-Berg Lecture: “Legacies of World War I, UCLA History Department, 9 March 2015, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uL7NaJncaOQ.

 Online Commentary: “Don’t Blame Sykes-Picot,” OUPblog, 7 February 2015, http://blog.oup.com/2015/02/dont-blame-sykes-picot/.

Reposted by: History News Network, http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/158462.

 Podcast: “The Rise and Fall of the Islamic State,” Panel: “The Islamic State and the Yazidi Genocide,” UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, 4 February 2015, http://www.international.ucla.edu/media/podcasts/The-Islamic-State-and-Yazidi-Genocide-3-ei-lhu.mp3.


Social and cultural history of the modern Middle East, particularly Greater Syria (the area of present-day Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian territories) during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; contemporary history of the Arab world.

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