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From 1961 until 1969, when training shifted overseas, more than one out of 10 Peace Corps volunteers was trained at UCLA, probably more than at any other college campus. UCLA is also alma mater to more than 1,700 Peace Corps volunteers, including 58 Bruins currently serving in 36 countries. A series of campus events March 2-5 will commemorate this tradition and look ahead to the next 50 years.
Kantathi Suphamongkhon, senior fellow at the Burkle Center for International Relations and visiting professor of law and diplomacy at UCLA, served as Thailand’s equivalent to U.S. secretary of state from March 11, 2005 to Sept. 19, 2006. He was the 39th minister of foreign affairs for Thailand until a military coup d’état forced him out of office. The Thai national, who graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in political science in 1976, has taught here since 2007.
Ambassador Dino Patti Djalal, Jakarta's top envoy to the United States, met with UCLA officials last week on campus and at the Indonesian Consulate to discuss educational collaboration and exchange between the two countries.
But if the U.S. government returns to old ways of hoarding secrets, it could inflict more damage on itself than the WikiLeaks disclosures have, according to Burkle Center Fellow Amy Zegart. She joined a panel discussion with UCLA's Robert Trager and Dalia Dassa Kaye of the RAND Corporation, with Burkle Center Director Kal Raustiala as moderator.
Michael D. Intriligator is a professor of economics, political science and public policy at UCLA. Nake M. Kamrany is a senior lecturer of economics and director of the Program in Law and Economics, Department of Economics, at the University of Southern California. This piece, which originally ran in the Huffington Post on Nov. 23, is a synopsis of the authors' presentation to the Global Security Seminar at UCLA.
Ambassador Maen Rashid Areikat, who leads the Palestine Liberation Organization's diplomatic mission to the United States, told a UCLA audience that the PLO is firmly committed to the establishment of a Palestinian state within the framework of negotiations with Israel, while acknowledging that the negotiations may fail.
Adm. Michael G. Mullen, chair of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, engaged in a wide-ranging conversation with journalist Renee Montagne for the Bernard Brodie Distinguished Lecture on Conditions of Peace, an annual event sponsored by the Burkle Center.
President's principal military advisor discusses politics, strategy and warfare, reports the Daily Bruin student newspaper.
As the Center inaugurates the Hans H. Baerwald Graduate Fellowship in Japanese Studies, a veteran journalist and former UCLA Terasaki Chair in U.S.-Japan relations delivers a keynote on tensions in the alliance between the countries.
Intisar Rabb of Boston College says that the international human rights movement won't be the force that moderates harsh judicial sentences under Sharia law.
Three survivors of state torture – an Argentine architect and activist, a Chilean artist, and an Iranian journalist and author – tell their stories on campus this month. In an installation on display Oct. 25-27 in Broad Art Center, Victor Videla Godoy will recreate his prison cell, this time lined with his remarkable, rediscovered correspondence with his mother.
More than 50 years after they graduated, UCLA Fulbright coordinator Ann Kerr-Adams has interviewed six of her American University of Beirut classmates to discover the lives they have built in the Middle East.
In a panel discussion with UCLA faculty members, Tim Sebastian, founder of "The Doha Debates," says that Arab governments will lose control over what is said and written in their countries within a generation.
The thorny topic of the crime of aggression, to come under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, made for lively discussion Sept. 27 between David Scheffer, the first U.S. ambassador-at-large for war crimes, and Gen. Wesley K. Clark, the retired general and Burkle Center senior fellow.
The leaders witnessed the signing of memorandums of understanding between universities in California, including UCLA, and Chile.
As interim associate vice provost, Sociology Professor Roger Waldinger will oversee changes in the International Institute's degree programs, lead a faculty search, and work with center directors on Institute-wide projects. Professor Waldinger also coordinates the interdisciplinary UCLA Migration Study Group.
Sudan's civil war killed more than 2 million people and, in a well-known episode, sent 20,000 boys in the country's South on a 1,000-mile march to Ethiopia and Kenya. Beset by thirst, hunger, wild animals and bombing attacks, fewer than half of them survived. John Dau, one of about 4,000 so-called Lost Boys of Sudan who were helped to relocate to the United States, told his story at the law school.
Commemorating the atomic bombings on Japan in 1945 and joining in the call for a world without nuclear weapons were, on Wednesday in Haines Hall, a local grandmother who survived the Hiroshima attack, a Japanese-born artist, a UCLA anthropologist and, by Internet link, local officials from Hiroshima and Manchester, UK, who lead international anti-nuclear organizations.
Grace Yoo and Wendy Zheng will finish interdisciplinary UCLA bachelor's and master's degrees under the fellowships, which provide additional support for graduate school and domestic and overseas internships with the State Department.
Burkle Center Fellow Prof. Amy Zegart comments on the effectiveness of Presidential Commissions, their political value to Congress and to erstwhile critic President Obama and how rarely their recommendations impact policy.
Professor Bhagwan Chowdhry has an idea that could change the world. The bank accounts he proposes would provide an incentive to register births and a way to save money for children. In the wake of a natural disaster or emergency, governments and charitable and relief organizations could transfer money electronically to those in need in the most efficient way possible.
Research by the UCLA atmospheric chemist considers whether tinkering with the stratosphere to slow down global warming is feasible, let alone advisable.
Drug-economy experts to discuss findings in Washington, D.C., July 6.
At the 5th annual conference on "Enriching the Middle East's Economic Future," held in conjunction with the Doha Forum, distinguished participants search for practical solutions to regional issues. The three-day event has been organized by the UCLA Center for Middle East Development.
The fundamental question of whether China is on the path to becoming a responsible stakeholder in world affairs or acting as a revisionist superpower was put to a prestigious group of China scholars from universities and think tanks across the country. Watch video of the keynote address by John Podesta, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress.
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