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Former Thai Foreign Minister Back at UCLA, with Stories to Tell

Kantathi Suphamongkhon, Thailand's UCLA-educated former 39th foreign minister, shares his experiences with students in a lecture delivered as part of International Education Week. Suphamongkhon is a senior fellow at UCLA's Burkle Center and a UC Regents' Professor.

Biwa and the Tale of Heike

Yoko Hiraoka recites portions of the Tale of Heike, accompanying herself on the biwa, and discusses the history of the poem and the instrument alike. Listen to a podcast of her performance and talk.

Lecture Focuses on Buddhism, Tibet

The Center for Buddhist Studies held its third and final event in an initiative to establish a permanent endowed chair in Tibetan Buddhist studies on Monday.

The Gifts of the Tibetans: Sparking New Directions in the Arts and Sciences

In the last of three events aimed at establishing a UCLA endowed chair in Tibetan Buddhist studies, Columbia University's Robert Thurman says that Tibetan perspectives are, or at least ought to be, very much at home in the university. Listen to a podcast of his talk.

Christians in Safavid Iran: Between Tolerance and Oppression

A public lecture by Rudi Matthee, University of Delaware, delivered on October 8, 2007

Studying Modern Middle East History: Trajectories and Challenges

A public lecture by Zachary Lockman, New York University delivered on October 18, 2007

Ambush in War Zone D, Gen. Clark Writes About His Experiences in Vietnam

Washington Monthly, Nov. 2007

Women's Studies Branches Out

The UCLA Graduate Quarterly reports on international directions in women's studies. Three graduate students are profiled.

Myanmar, the Latest Petro Bully

Sky-high oil prices allow the junta, and other bad actors, to thrive and buy political protection, writes Michael L. Ross in The Los Angeles Times. (Photo courtesy of Thompson/Essential Science Information)

6 Who've Cared About Darfur's Victims

Burkle Center Website, Oct. 30, 2007

Muslim Feminist Seeks to Educate Journalists

Zainah Anwar, executive director of Malaysian-based Sisters in Islam, pushes a message of diversity and progressivism within the framework of Islam.

Rethinking Kyoto Art

Art historian Shigemi Inaga discusses the transformation of Japanese art in the first half of the 20th century.

A Time to Lead, for Duty, Honor and Country - Part I

Gen. Wesley K. Clark, (ret.), former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO and Burkle Center Senior Fellow.

A Time to Lead, for Duty, Honor and Country - Part II

Gen. Wesley K. Clark, (ret.), former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO and Burkle Center Senior Fellow.

10 Questions with Saul Friedlander

UCLA History Professor Saul Friedlander, chronicler of the Holocaust, will receive the top award at the Frankfurt Book Fair this month.

Former Cape Verdean President Sees Africa Standing Up

Antonio Mascarenhas Monteiro, who served two five-year terms as Cape Verde's first president elected under a multiparty system, tells a UCLA audience that Africa is no lost cause, but a continent striving towards peace and democracy. He discusses Cape Verde's relations with China and other emerging powers.

Gen. Clark Speaks on Iraq, Book

The Daily Bruin, October 8, 2007

South African Heritages and Their Owners

On a trip to Cape Town, Laura Foster, an attorney and UCLA doctoral student in women's studies, discovers that intellectual property rights are not marginal concerns for marginalized and historically oppressed communities. They're near the center of efforts to reclaim and reaffirm cultures.

Sputnik Launch Turns 50, Russia Yawns

Andrew L. Jenks, an assistant professor of history at California State University, Long Beach, explains that the Sputnik moment was a moment for Americans, not Russians (who also had Yuri Gagarin). And the moment could repeat itself.

Oak to Spearhead English-Language Studies of Korean Christianity

This summer Sung-Deuk Oak, a UCLA faculty member in Asian Languages and Cultures, was chosen to be the first scholar funded under the Dong Soon Im and Mi Ja Im endowment. He'll be charged with telling a remarkable story in the history of religion.

Richard Baum: The Political Impact of China's Information Revolution

Scholar traces the explosion of new media-facilitated forums and examines how the government seeks, with limited success, to limit open discussion.

The Next War, Wesley K. Clark

Washington Post, Sunday, September 16, 2007

9/11 Didn't Change Much About Intelligence-Gathering, Prof. Amy Zegart

UCLA News, September 6, 2007

Historiography of the Middle East

New lecture series organized by Professor James Gelvin, UCLA

Why Terrorists Aren't Soldiers, Wesley K. Clark and Kal Raustiala

Burkle Center Senior Fellow Wesley K. Clark and Center Director Kal Raustiala argue in The New York Times that the current U.S. practice of declaring terrorists "enemy combatants" at once impairs counterterrorism efforts and endangers civil liberties at home.

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