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Decay of liberal democracy a global phenomenon, says CNN's Fareed Zakaria

Delivering the 2017–18 Annual Daniel Pearl Memorial lecture, Zakaria warned of the dangers of "illiberal democracies."

Friday, March 02, 2018


New sanctions coming against Russia, says U.S. treasury secretary

Steven Mnuchin delivered the 2018 Arnold C. Harberger Distinguished Lecture on Economic Development at the Burkle Center on Feb. 26.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018


Edward Lansdale as an early proponent of counterinsurgency strategy

Speaking at UCLA on February 8, Max Boot argued that Edward Lansdale's approach to advancing U.S. interests in the Philippines and Vietnam in the early years of the Cold War offered a promising strategy for the “war on terror.”

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


PODCAST & EVENT SUMMARY: Steven A. Cook, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations

On Oct. 5, Steven A. Cook, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, discussed the failures and impacts of the Arab Spring in a talk about his new book “False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle East.”

Thursday, November 02, 2017


EVENT SUMMARY & PODCAST: Leila Janah, Founder and CEO of Samasource and LXMI

On Oct. 4, Leila Janah, founder and CEO of Samasource and LXMI, discussed her two ventures and new book, “Give Work.” She supports a new solution to solving extreme poverty: give work, not aid.

Thursday, November 02, 2017


U.S. quits UNESCO, the U.N.'s educational and cultural agency. Israel immediately follows suit

“This is, in a sense, the end point of a road that we've been on for some time, that is an uneasy relationship with UNESCO and especially an uneasy relationship around how it connects to the Israel-Palestine conflict,” said Kal Raustiala, a law professor and director of the Burkle Center for International Relations at UCLA. “Obviously we're a huge part of UNESCO's contributions, and symbolically it's unfortunate,” Raustiala said. “UNESCO is a politicized organization like any U.N. agency. But I think this feeds the perception that it is especially ideological. It's not going to derail UNESCO entirely, but it's meaningful because we are a huge contributor of funds and of legitimacy.”

Friday, October 13, 2017


The U.N. pledged to improve the lives of the world's most needy. Enacting that plan is another matter

“The SDGs are very ambitious,” said Kal Raustiala, a law professor and director of the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations. “One of the criticisms is that there are so many goals … with everything being a priority and therefore arguably nothing being a priority. So implementing them in full is hard to imagine” said Raustiala in the Los Angeles Times on September 17, 2017.

Monday, September 18, 2017


Ambassador Emerson discusses U.S.-German relations

On May 10, former U.S. Ambassador to Germany John Emerson (2013-17) delivered the 2017 Bernard Brodie Lecture at the Burkle Center. He highlighted the enduring importance of U.S.-European partnership and the critical need to address economic equity on both sides of the Atlantic.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


UCLA Burkle Center launches new Initiative on Security and Religious Freedom

This new initiative, which seeks to operate across the UC system, will promote research on innovative solutions to security challenges while preserving civil rights and civil liberties.

Monday, May 15, 2017


Autocratic parallels between Putin and Trump

Although Putin is not a perfect comparison for the U.S. president, examining the two leaders' shared autocratic traits is useful for understanding "who we are dealing with" in Trump, said writer-journalist Masha Gessen at a recent UCLA event.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


UCLA human rights conference confronts genocide and its aftermath

Genocide, the risks to civilians in war zones and the unforeseen effects of the security state were examined at a UCLA School of Law symposium on April 17.

Friday, April 21, 2017


Brexit negotiations to be tough

“There is no precedent for this. It's hard not to imagine that this wouldn't be one of the most protracted and difficult negotiations in European history. This is going to be really, really quite complex,” said Kal Raustiala, director of the Burkle Center for International Relations and professor of law at UCLA, in the Los Angeles Times on March 29, 2017.

Thursday, March 30, 2017


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