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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Los Angeles Times highlights Korean documentary

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.

A Deal with Iran is Possible, Peace is Not

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.

U.S. drone signature strikes: An often illegal “killing machine”

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.

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

The Crisis in Syria

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.

How to tackle Iran: CNN Op-Ed by Burkle Center 2011-12 Visiting Fellow Dalia Dassa Kaye

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.

Burkle Center Director Kal Raustiala discusses Julian Assange's asylum with The New Republic

Kal Raustiala offers his expertise on the possible implications of breaking the international agreement of the Vienna Convention in order to extradite Julian Assange.

UCLA grad returns to share experience on the ground in Afghanistan

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.

Janet Napolitano, US Secretary of Homeland Security

A lecture by Janet Napolitano, US Secretary of Homeland Security and the former governor of Arizona.

Homeland Security chief speaks about challenges facing U.S., global cooperation

Janet Napolitano stops at UCLA to discuss national homeland security issues

Head of Homeland Security Set to Speak at UCLA

Janet Napolitano will give a public talk on April 16

UCLA law students locate compound of Congolese militia leader wanted by the ICC

Bosco Ntaganda unexpectedly spotted in the town of Goma

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