What is the Strategic Purpose of the US on the World Stage?

A one-day symposium that examines the political, economic, and militaristic relationships between the United States and other countries.

Saturday, December 02, 2006
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
UCLA Bradley Hall
International Rooms
Los Angeles, CA 90095


The symposium seeks to answer this question of strategic purpose by critically examining geopolitical trends and compelling policy problems and opportunities facing the United States in the first decade of the 21st century. The morning session covers the U.S. perspective across the spectrum. Scholars from across the political divide engage in a lively interaction. The afternoon session addresses global perspective across the topography, exploring the views of the global community. The symposium is hosted by the Humanities and Social Sciences division of UCLA Extension, the continuing education arm of UCLA.

Program Schedule

10:00 -12:00 pm

Session A: U.S. Perspective: Across the Spectrum: Scholars from Across the Political Divide Engage in Lively Interaction

  • Facilitator: Ian Masters (KPFK)
  • Josef Joffe on U.S. Positions on Foreign Policy (Die Zeit)
  • Daniel Caldwell on U.S. National Security Policy (Pepperdine University)
  • Marc Trachtenberg on U.S. Foreign and Security Policy (UCLA)
  • Bennett Ramberg on U.S. Positions in Foreign Policy (Center for Government and Public Policy Analysis)
  • Judith Stiehm on Gender and the Military (Florida Interntaional University)

KEYNOTE: Alvin Toffler, distinguished author of Future Shock and, most recently, Revolutionary Wealth, in conversation with Michael Intriligator (UCLA)

2:00-4:00 pm

Session B: Global Perspective: Across the Topography: Explores the Views of the Global Community—Including Latin America, China, Europe, and the Middle East

  • Facilitator: Kitty Felde (KPCC)
  • Ambassador Derek Shearer on U.S. Foreign Policy (Occidental College)
  • Susan Shirk on China (UCSD)
  • Richard Sklar on Africa (UCLA)
  • Michael Siler on Third World (CSU Los Angeles)
  • Abraham Wagner on the Middle East (Columbia University)

Cost : $75, $25 with Student ID

Alexandra Nicolas
(310) 825-2272

Sponsor(s): Burkle Center for International Relations, UCLA International Institute, UCLA Extension