Asia News Archive
Shaukat Aziz, who served Pakistan for eight years as finance minister and prime minister, argues in a talk at UCLA that global and regional powers will need to meet with all Afghan factions, the Taliban included, and offer a Marshall Plan for Afghanistan in order to put the country on the right track.
Daniel Foote, Chair in Sociology of Law at the University of Tokyo, is the sixth scholar to hold this one-year appointment at UCLA.
Amy Zegart discusses with other panelists on KCRW's "To the Point" about prisoner abuse, national security interests and President Obama's new Interagency Interrogation Group led by the FBI.
UCLA's Iranian American faculty members see Iran in a transitional period, with a public willing to withstand violence and intimidation to push for some level of reform.
Kal Raustiala examines territoriality in American law and foreign policy. In the course of his timely and engaging narrative he changes the reader's perceptions of American territory, American law, and the evolving nature of American power.
Bestselling author, columnist, and UC Riverside faculty member Reza Aslan has advice for the Obama administration on defeating transnational Muslim utopian radicals, or jihadists. Start, he says, by getting used to the idea of Islamists in politics.
Burkle Center Director Kal Raustiala is quoted in a recent MSNBC article by Tom Curry on a ruling by Judge Bates which forces President Obama to confront the issue of the Afghan prison.
In his contribution to an EU-backed project to study the impact of the European Court of Human Rights on selected countries, visiting professor Haldun Gulalp of Turkey's Yildiz Technical University observes the court preferring some models of church- and mosque-state relations to others. In "freedom of religion" cases, France and Turkey fare better than Greece and Bulgaria.
In this op-ed recently published by The Huffington Post, he discusses the future of Guantanamo and the new Guantanamo - Bagram Air Base.
This op-ed, addressing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's charge that the CIA and the Bush Administration misled Congress in its briefings about interrogations of terrorist suspects, was published recently by NationalJournal.com.
The lecture series, established at UCLA in 2002, features scholars, journalists and policymakers who have contributed original analyses or constructive approaches to problems of international concern. Cooper spoke to a crowd of 900 on Sunday.
Though he never met Pearl, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper said, he keeps a picture of him and another fallen journalist on his bulletin board at work as a source of inspiration. The Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture is cosponsored by the Burkle Center.
Long-time former UCLA Center for Japanese Studies Director Fred Notehelfer receives the Order of the Rising Sun, one of the Japanese government's most prestigious decorations. The Daily Bruin looks at his legacy at UCLA.
The top representatives from Japan and the Republic of Korea in Southern California visited campus on Monday for a discussion sponsored by the Graduate Student International Affairs Association at UCLA and cosponsored by the Asia Institute and the Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies.
At a conference that considered the impact of the French philosopher Michel Foucault on Middle East studies, visiting historian Janet Afary explains that the story of Iranian women since the Revolution is not entirely one of repression.
Dr. Edmund Keller participated in the seventh annual Princeton Colloquium on Public and International Affairs, held on April 17-18, 2009 at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Keynotes and featured presenters explored the positive and negative effects of globalization.
One of the standing committees on South Korea's Truth and Reconciliation Commission documents Korean War deaths including mass killings of some 100,000 South Koreans by their own military, police and allies. Dong-Choon Kim of Sung Kong Hoe University discussed the work of the committee he leads earlier this quarter at UCLA.
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.
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