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Commencement Celebration 2003

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LA Times Reports Seidler-Feller/Shawki El-Zatmah Class at UCLA

The June 4 "Los Angeles Times" carries a report on the UCLA class being co-taught by Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller and Palestinian graduate student Shawki El-Zatmah.

Daily Bruin Account of Shai Feldman Talk on "The Middle East and Israel after the War with Iraq"

Current lineup in Middle East opens "window of opportunity" for peace, prominent Israeli political analyst tells UCLA audience.

The Subtle Racism of Latin America

Carlos Moore sees a disguised racism permeating Latin American society, invented by Arabs in the Iberian Peninsula.

Rabbi, Palestinian Teach for Peace

UCLA Today features class co-taught by Palestinian doctoral candiate Shawki El-Zatmah, a Palestinian, and Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller. The class is sponsored by the Burkle Center for International Relations.

Arab Distrust of America Clouds Prospect for a Stable Middle East

Shibley Telhami, senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, reports that only 3% of Saudis are even "somewhat favorable" to the U.S. The Bush administration's prioritizing security over democracy in the region deepens rifts between people and governments.

Chinese Studies Database Established

New database allows users to locate information on Chinese studies programs & Chinese language collections at institutions of higher learning in North America and Europe

The United States Is Marginalizing Itself in Northeast Asia

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for China Susan Shirk warns that growing nationalism in South Korea and Japan will exacerbate the Bush administration's inept diplomacy in the North Korean nuclear crisis. She examines possible multilateral options for the region.

Preservation Efforts in the Philippines: UC students work outside the classroom with NGOs

Exciting internships for U.C. students studying in the Philippines.

The Islamist Challenge in Kosova

Will Kosova's rural Muslim population become Europe's own Taliban? The danger is real, according to Isa Blumi, doctoral candidate in history and Middle Eastern Studies at New York University. He offered a first-hand view of the current situation in post-conflict Kosova and the politics of international intervention.

Vietnam: First Impressions of U.C. Students

Fifteen UC students attended the fall semester of the Education Abroad Program in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2002. Below are some of their impressions, captured during the first two weeks of the program.

The Soviet Famine of 1931-33: Politically Motivated or Ecological Disaster?

Stephen Wheatcroft, Professor of History, University of Melbourne, Australia, presented new information on the famine based on extensive archival data now available on the tragedy of the Soviet countryside, in a talk sponsored by the Center for European & Eurasian Studies on May 5, 2003.

Information about SARS

Links to sites of reliable information -- Last updated May 12

The Siege of Budapest: the Nadir in Hungarian History.

Istvan Deak, Seth Low Professor Emeritus of History, Columbia University, in a talk sponsored by the Center for European & Eurasian Studies, presented a rich and detailed first-hand account of the siege of Budapest in November 1944-February 1945 and discussed the fate of the Jewish population of Hungary and the only major ghetto to survive World War II.

U.S. Department of Education supports UCLA Asian Studies with $840,000 in Graduate Student Fellowships

The Asia Institute's East Asia consortium with USC and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies consortium with UC Berkeley receive grants to fund Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships in 8 languages.

Six International Institute Centers Awarded $4.3 Million in Department of Education Language and Area Studies Fellowships

UCLA International Institute applicants for Africa, Latin America, Europe, Near East, East Asia and Southeast Asia have been awarded a total of $1.4 million per year for three years to support graduate students in foreign language training and area studies.

International Institute Honors Outstanding Staff

Career staff and student workers honored with cash awards at April 10 reception.

Bush Administration Risks Second Korean War, Historian Warns

Distinguished historian of Korea James Palais tells UCLA audience that Washington misreads North Korea's intentions and endangers Koreans in South as well as North.

The Arab World after the Iraq War

Jerry Green, Middle East specialist for RAND, takes up weapons of mass destruction in Syria, Ahmad Chalabi, nation-building in Afghanistan, and the effects on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

U.S. Victory in Iraq Opens Possibility of Palestinian-Israeli Settlement

Martin Indyk, leading Middle East specialist for the Clinton government, in UCLA address sees opportunity for George Bush following defeat of Saddam Hussein.

Legal and political experts to discuss Terrorism and Civil Rights in Europe and the US on April 4th.

On Friday April 4th, the Center for European and Eurasian Studies and the UCLA School of Law invite the public to attend a symposium with legal and political specialists who will discuss responses to terrorism by the United States and European nations and the effect on civil rights.

Terrorism vs. Civil Rights: A debate

On Friday April 4th, the Center for European and Eurasian Studies and the UCLA School of Law Program in Public Interest Law sponsored a symposium. Law and politics specialists compared how civil rights are effected when a country is confronted with terrorism.

The Crisis in Argentina

Atilio Boron blames slavish adherence to IMF policies for Argentina's economic disaster.

Two Talks Wednesday, April 9: Chancellor Carnesale on National Security, Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel on Middle East

UCLA Chancellor Albert Carnesale to speak on "National Security -- Evolution or Revolution? at noon in Dodd 147. Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk on "Making War and Peace in the Middle East" at 4:00 pm in Schoenberg Hall.

America and the World: What Has Changed Since 9/11?

Vice Provost Geoffrey Garrett explores the post-9/11 world in first of Burkle Center public class series.

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