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United States should engage Hispanics in its foreign policy

In an article in The Huffington Post, UCLA alumnus Josue Lopez Calderon (International Development Studies, 2010), argues that the United States should tap into its own diversity and send Latinos to areas of the world outside of Latin America.

Crisis intensifies in Ukraine

A panel discussion on April 7 addressed the growing crisis in Ukraine and its implications for Europe and the United States.

The Arab Uprising: Results and Prospects

Special Lecture: Gilbert Achcar, Department of Development Studies, SOAS. Sponsored by the Center for Social Theory and Comparative History.

Ukraine in Crisis: Revolution and Russian Intervention

A panel discussion with Robert English, USC, Daniel Treisman, UCLA, and Edward Walker, UC Berkeley.

Celebrating the Legacy of Malcom H. Kerr

The work and life of Malcom H. Kerr, a UCLA professor for 20 years, was celebrated at UCLA on April 8, 2014.

Papers Please

Kal Raustiala is cited in a Foreign Policy article about the United States' refusal to grant a visa to the new Iranian ambassador to the United Nations.

Perseverance is the key in Arab-Israeli talks

In an opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times, UCLA's Steven Spiegel encourages U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to stay the course in negotiations with Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

U.S.-Pakistani relationship plagued by mutual distrust

U.S. Ambassador Cameron Munter says the planned withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan in 2014 offers the United States an opportunity to redefine its policy toward Pakistan.

Nuclear talks with Iran could transform geopolitics in the Middle East

A recent Burkle Center event explored the ramifications of nuclear negotiations with Iran and the challenges that remain ahead.

Panel Discussion around The Making of the Tunisian Revolution: Contexts, Architects, Prospects

With Nouri Gana (UCLA), Amy Kallander (Syracuse University) and Francesco Cavatorta (Universite' Laval, Quebec, Canada)

Confederation: An Off-ramp for the Ukrainian Crisis: Great Debate Op-Ed by Burkle Center Senior Fellow Stephen Krasner


Center for Middle East Development sponsors conference on Palestinian economy

The CMED conference discussed economic developments and investments in the Palestinian territories.

Economic-Political Transition and Popular Resistance in Turkey

A Center for Social Theory and Comparative History colloquium with Cihan Tugal (Sociology, UC Berkeley), Caglar Keyder (Sociology, SUNY Binghamton), Asli Bali (Law, UCLA).

Iran’s Economy: Challenges and Opportunities

A Public Lecture by Hashem Pesaran, USC & University of Cambridge. Part of the UCLA CNES and Program of Iranian Studies Bilingual Lecture Series.

Samantha Power discusses importance of freedom of press in global conflicts

U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN Samantha Power gave the Annual Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture at UCLA on February 23, 2014.

"The Warrior State: Pakistan in the Contemporary World"

T.V. Paul, James McGill Professor of International Relations at McGill University with commentary by Professor Stanley Wolpert, emeritus professor in the UCLA Department of History and a foremost authority on Pakistan and Professor Stephen Krasner, Graham H. Stuart Professor of Political Science at Stanford University and Burkle Center Senior Fellow.

Israel reaffirmed and challenged to renew itself

Ari Shavit called on Israel to return to the imaginative and determined spirit of early Zionism at a Y&S Nazarian Center event on February 12, 2014.

Africans in China represent a new diaspora

Linguist Adams Bodomo described the lives of African migrants in China at a recent African Studies Center event.

Everything You Think You Know About the Egyptian Revolution is Wrong

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

Modern legal profession in China is only 35 years old

The rapidly growing legal profession in China is exerting a profound influence on the country’s economy, society and politics, says Peng Xuefeng, chairman of the Beijing-based Dacheng Law Offices.

Rising tension in the East China Sea

At a recent Burkle Center event, regional experts agreed that China's new air defense zone in the East China Sea signaled deepening mistrust in the region, but disagreed as to whether it represented a strategic move or a foreign policy miscalculation.

Honor and Rights: the Politics of Love in Iran

A lecture by Dr. Ziba Mir-Hosseini, Legal Anthropologist, SOAS, London. Part of the UCLA CNES and Program of Iranian Studies Bilingual Lecture Series.

Imagining a Center for Istanbul/Imagining Istanbul from the Center: Taksim Square and Gezi Park

A lecture by Orhan Esen, Architecture and Urban Planning, Istanbul Bilgi University.

Merrick Posnansky

Merrick Posnansky is Professor Emeritus in the Departments of History and Anthropology, where he has been a faculty member since 1977. After completing his PhD in Archaeology at Nottingham University, he taught in Africa for twenty years, where he worked as Curator of the Uganda Museum, Director of African Studies at the University of Makerere and Professor of Archaeology at the University of Ghana.

The multiple legacies of Edward Said

The impact of Edward Said’s work on the fields of literature, law, politics and history was considered by a recent conference of the Center for Near Eastern Studies.

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