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At a recent seminar convened by the Burkle Center for International Relations, a panel of experts considered the state of the Syrian civil war. Their general outlook was pessimistic, despite the recent real achievement of the chemical arms agreement concluded with the Syrian government.
The Burkle Center funds faculty research working groups and faculty research projects led by UCLA faculty in support of the study and analysis of significant questions of international policy and politics.
The event featured Former Israeli Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben Ami as the keynote speaker.
Ambassador Ryan Crocker repeatedly counseled the United States to practice “strategic patience” over the long term in its pursuit of stability in the Middle East at a lecture at UCLA.
The directors of the documentary film "Memory of Forgotten War" were interviewed in the Los Angeles Times prior to the screening of their film at the UCLA James Bridges Theater on May 8. The film was one of two documentaries that opened the "Ending the Korean War" conference organized by the UCLA Center for Korean Studies, May 8–10.
Legal scholar Kevin Jon Heller examines the legal and evidentiary justifications for U.S. "signature" strikes—drone attacks that target unknown individuals based on a behavioral pattern—and finds that both frequently fail to meet the requirements of international humanitarian law.
The foreign policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran is not irrational—the current regime needs conflict with the United States to perpetuate itself in power, said Professor Mansour Farhang. He advised the United States to reach an implicit understanding with the regime that Iran will not develop nuclear weapons.
Key policy makers and scholars discuss causes and consequences of drug-related violence in Latin America
WATCH: Video footage from two-day conference on organized crime, corruption and drug trafficking in Latin America.
Burkle Center Fellow Tony Camerino lends expertise to NPR's Article "Report On CIA Interrogation Tactics Revives Torture Debate"
Burkle Center Fellow Tony Camerino comments on the use and utility of coercive interrogation.
Burkle Center Director Kal Raustiala discusses a recent border patrol shooting at the Mexican border
Kal Raustiala offers his opinion on the delicate diplomatic relations between the US and Mexico in light of recent border violence.
Cambodia-Thailand Relations: The Questions of the Preah Vihear Temple and a Clash of Two Nationalisms
Podcast of talk by Professor Charnvit Kasetsiri, Department of History, Thammasat University
A panel discussion regarding the current crisis in Syria with panelists UCLA Law professor Asli Bali, RAND Political Scientist Dalia Dassa Kaye and UCLA Political Science professor Daniel Treisman. This panel was moderated by UCLA Burkle Center Director Kal Raustiala.
Instead of committing the United States to take military action against Iran, Dalia Dassa Kaye suggests that a better option would be convincing more Israeli leaders and people that a military attack is still a bad idea if the goal is to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power.
Kal Raustiala offers his expertise on the possible implications of breaking the international agreement of the Vienna Convention in order to extradite Julian Assange.
After four years with the U.S. Foreign Service, Erin Rattazzi, BA '02, advises students to take advantage of every possible opportunity to learn more about the world and their place in it.
Osama bin Laden Was Not Caught Because of Torture but in Spite of It: Daily Beast Op-Ed by Burkle Center Fellow Matthew Alexander
In a Daily Beast op-ed, Matthew Alexander argues that contrary to the claims by the man who ran the CIA’s torture program, attempts to find and kill Osama bin Laden were hindered by waterboarding and other torture techniques.
A lecture by Janet Napolitano, US Secretary of Homeland Security and the former governor of Arizona.
Janet Napolitano stops at UCLA to discuss national homeland security issues
Bosco Ntaganda unexpectedly spotted in the town of Goma
Janet Napolitano will give a public talk on April 16
General Wesley Clark writes that we need to carefully consider U.S. interests before we call for military intervention in response to the Syrian crisis.
Famed peacemaker discusses world disputes, recent Mideast events
Hadag Nahash discusses music and politics with UCLA audience.
A talk by Mitchell Silber from the New York City Police Department Intelligence Division about his new book, "The Al Qaeda Factor: Plots Against the West." This talk was co-sponsored by the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.
Burkle Center Director Kal Raustiala argues that a draft order likely violates the right to counsel and threatens to jeopardize the progress made in reversing Gitmo's legacy as a 'legal black hole,'.
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