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The Universal Aspirations of Egypt's Revolution: Personal Reflections

A lecture by Ahmed Maher, Founder and Chief Coordinator of the April 6 Youth Movement. Part of the panel discussion "Reclaiming the Egyptian Revolution" on November 07, 2013.

Prepare for North Korea to endure, not collapse

North Korea has always been a maverick Marxist-Leninist regime, following a distinctly nationalist path. Having survived both the normalization of U.S.-Chinese relations and the collapse of the USSR, don't expect it to collapse any time soon, said Charles Armstrong, professor of history at Columbia University.

South African archivist notes limits of transitional justice

Verne Harris of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory points out the limits of transitional justice and offers human rights archivists new lines of inquiry for the future.

Playwright, Prisoner, President: Celebrating the Life of Vaclav Havel

Lifelong friends, theatre professionals and fellow countrymen shared warm reminiscences of the late Czech leader and playwright at an opening reception for a UCLA Library exhibit in the Powell Library Rotunda.

U.S. power and human rights violations in Pakistan: An early chapter

Gary Bass examined the role played by President Nixon and Henry Kissinger in Pakistan before and during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 — particularly, their egregious failure to take action against the genocide in East Pakistan.

U.S. immigration policy missing a key element: The human factor

Immigration reform must shift its focus from an argument about defensive measures to one about basic human rights, contends Alvaro Heurta.

Consensus on Syria: No one wants the rebels to win

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 Real Goal of Obama's Syria Policy

The following is a link to an article in "History News Network" by Professor James L. Gelvin (History).

The UCLA Burkle Center is Proud To Announce Its 2013-14 Faculty Grant Recipients

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.

IDP students celebrate academic year-end with research presentations

Two weeks prior to commencement, IDP students came together to share presentations on research and international volunteer work.

The perils of a ‘people’s coup’ in Egypt

Khaled M. Abou El Fadl is the Omar and Azmeralda Alfi Distinguished Professor in Islamic Law at the UCLA School of Law and the author of "The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam From the Extremists." This op-ed was originally published July 7 in The New York Times.

High school students become international diplomats at UCLA for a week

The International Institute's second weeklong UCLA Model United Nations Summer Institute for high school students was held in late June 2013 in locales across the campus, drawing 93 participants.

Nazarian Center Hosts First Israel Studies Conference Held on West Coast

The event featured Former Israeli Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben Ami as the keynote speaker.

Iran: a small window of hope

Professor Nayereh Tohidi, visting scholar at the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, asks whether president-elect Hassan Rowhani will reset Iran's political course in a hopeful direction.

Shlomo Ben-Ami champions pragmatism in Israeli foreign policy

In a speech at the 29th Annual AIS Conference at UCLA on June 24th, former foreign minister of Israel Shlomo Ben-Ami spoke about David Ben-Gurion, the founding of Israel, the impact of the country’s victory in the Six Day War and the changing way in which Israel has been judged by “the tribunal of world public opinion.”

Ten Questions About the Crisis in Syria

The following is the text of an interview conducted by the Hong Kong daily Ming Pao (明報) with Professor James L. Gelvin (History) in late June 2013.

What is Happening in Turkey Now: 2nd Teach-in

Lessons from the “long war” against terror in the Middle East

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.

Noticias Mundo Fox Interview with Gabriel Peterberg (UCLA) on the conflict in Israel and Palestine

Interview with UCLA Professor Gabriel Piterberg on the Israeli Palestinian conflict. The Noticias Mundo Fox segment (in Spanish) took place on November 22, 2012.

Mama Kiota of Niger: Feminism in a rural African Muslim form

Political scientist Pearl T. Robinson describes the work of Mama Kiota as a vital part of the global feminist movement. A female Sufi educational and spiritual leader, Mama Kiota has been working under the radar in her local community in Niger for 40 years, educating and empowering rural African Muslim women.

Two UCLA professors win competitive grant for research on human rights archives

Historian Geoffrey Robinson and archivist Michelle Caswell will use a at $40,000 grant from the UC Pacific Research Program to explore the complex set of issues involved in the creation, housing, ownership, and use of archives on human rights abuses and crimes against humanity

Mostafa Sho‘aiyan: The Forgotten Revolutionary and the Possibility of Unified Action

A lecture in Persian by Peyman Vahabzadeh, University of Victoria

In Memoriam: Andrzej Korbonski (1927-2013)

Professor Emeritus of the UCLA Department of Political Science, Andrzej Korbonski was a distinguished Polish-American scholar whose contributions to communist and post-communist studies were internationally recognized.

Continuity and Change in the Cultural Legacy of Qajar Era

A lecture in Persian by Abbas Amanat, Professor of History & International Studies, Yale University. Part of the Bilingual Lecture Series on Iran.

Historical Critique and the Thresholds of Political Voice After the Ottoman Empire

A CPSC lecture by Kabir Tambar, Stanford University, Anthropology.

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