Asia News Archive
In the national debate on whether the tactic of torture is warranted for the sake of national security, the experiences of the two former interrogators underscore the argument that torture is not an effective tool for unsealing secrets and getting at the truth.
Burkle Center Senior Fellow and 39th Foreign Minister of Thailand, Dr. Kantathi Suphamongkhon, explains in a widely circulated op-ed how his country can "reset" its politics.
Sponsored by the new UCLA Indonesian Studies Program, a graduate student conference promotes activism and collaborative scholarship about the world's fourth-largest nation.
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan founder of the global Green Belt Movement, told a Burkle Center audience that Africans "are literally slaves" to Western nations that profit from excessive interest payments on aid. Event coverage and video are available from Zocalo Public Square.
Excluding ethnic groups from power is a recipe for civil war, say researchers led by Sociology Professor Andreas Wimmer and a former UCLA political scientist.
Gareth Evans, former foreign minister of Australia and author of a landmark report on stopping genocide, ethnic cleansing, war crimes and crimes against humanity, said Tuesday at UCLA that the international community is coming to realize that "the sin is not intervention, the sin is indifference."
Conferences on Women in Conflict Zones, Iranian-American Writers, and Foucault in the Middle East
For the last half-century the United States has undermined itself in Africa by failing to distinguish itself from Europe and the colonial legacy, says Haskell Sears Ward, one of the first to graduate from UCLA with an interdisciplinary master's degree in African studies.
UCLA is expanding its studies of and ties with Mexico with the creation of a dedicated center under the Latin American Institute and new programs of scholarly collaboration and exchange. At the inaugural event for the Center for Mexican Studies, speakers honored decades of service by UCLA's "dean of Mexican studies," Professor James Wilkie.
Haskell Sears Ward, an expert on development and one of the first UCLA graduate students in African Studies, will focus his Thursday afternoon talk on what Africa and the United States have meant to one another for the past 50 years.
The family of a famous Bruin peacemaker, assassinated 25 years ago while serving as president of the American University of Beirut, has remembered him by seeking truth about his killers and reconciliation between nations.
Now in its third year, the Korean Studies in the Americas program brings students to UCLA from four Latin American countries, supports collaboration among faculty, and sends American Koreanist scholars north and south for lectures. Funded by the Seoul-based Academy of Korean Studies, the UCLA-administered program has begun to snowball, attracting interest in the form of travel grants for Latin American students and faculty members visiting Korea and the United States.
Delivering the inaugural lecture for the UCLA Center for Chinese Studies speaker series "Beyond the Headlines: China and the Global Future," Wang Gungwu of the National University of Singapore shows how China's image of and role in globalization have changed as the country has become less closed off and more of an active participant in world affairs.
Visiting professor Jurgen Kocka, a modern social historian at the Free University of Berlin, gave a lecture that kicks off more than a year of talks, conferences and film screenings organized by the Center for European and Eurasian Studies. An international conference about 1989's events and a film series are set for November.
The U.S. risks being left without any influence on major international legal issues, writes the director of the UCLA Law School's Human Rights Program and its Sanela Diana Jenkins International Justice Clinic in The Los Angeles Times.
In a lecture addressed to an audience of nearly 200 in Dodd Hall on March 2nd, Tim Weiner, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times and author of "Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA (Anchor Books), discussed his deeply researched book, which won the 2007 National Book Award for nonfiction. The event was organized by the Burkle Center for International Relations.
Francisco Santos Calderon, a former journalist and a victim of kidnapping himself by the Medellin drug cartel, came to campus with a message: cocaine use is killing Colombia's tropical rainforests, poisoning its rivers and land with toxic chemicals used in production of the drug, and ravaging a fragile ecosystem that sustains species of birds, amphibians, reptiles and plants that can be found nowhere else on this planet.
Haris Silajdzic, one of the ethnically divided nation's top leaders, said that 13 years after war the most important provisions of the U.S.-brokered Dayton Accords that brought peace to the region still have not been implemented.
Logic and principles of geography point to Parachinar, Pakistan, as a likely hideout and particularly to three structures there, according to a new study.
Sociology Professor Michael Mann and Gen. Wesley K. Clark (ret.), a senior fellow at the Burkle Center, engaged in a lively and insightful discussion on the topic of Perpetual War at a Feb. 9 event co-sponsored by the Burkle Center and the Center for Social Theory and Comparative History.
In a public talk Louis Mazel, director of the U.S. Department of State Office of African Regional and Security Affairs, discusses current and potential security issues across the continent, including the uncertain future of South Sudan.
Calla Wiemer is a visiting scholar at the UCLA Center for Chinese Studies, a research associate at the National University of Singapore East Asian Institute and a consultant to the Asian Development Bank. This op-ed was recently published in the Wall Street Journal Asia.
Several speakers at a conference on U.S.-China relations, cosponsored by the UCLA Center for Chinese Studies and the Burkle Center, observed that economic interdependence underlies good diplomatic relations between the two powers and argued that new U.S. trade restrictions on China would be counterproductive.
Speakers at an on-campus conference discuss economic, other aspects of US-China relationship.
The Southern California portion of the tour was coordinated by the UCLA Confucius Institute and Star Education, a nonprofit organization.
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