President Obama's decision to give Syrian rebels lethal aid, though it might eventually contribute to the overthrow of Mr. Assad, opens an opportunity for concerted diplomacy to end the bloodshed.
The United States and China Need to Overcome Mutual Misunderstandings: Washington Post Op-Ed by Burkle Center Fellow General Wesley Clark
General Clark argues that the US and China need to develop a deeper understanding of each other and form greater cooperation.
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.
The UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012-13 Alice Belkin Memorial Scholarship.
Torment, torture and terror: A report concludes that the US tortured detainees, so how will its findings affect the US counter-terrorism policy?
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.
Burkle Center Director Kal Raustiala is quoted in The Guardian's article "Charles Krauthammer's false statement about the US Constitution."
"White Paper Suggests U.S. Could Launch Drones Into U.S. Cities" by Burkle Center Director Kal Raustiala
The US government declares that suspected terrorists who are US citizens are not constitutionally protected from intentional killings by drones while abroad. But Kal Raustiala argues that the government's newly released "white paper" does not draw a clear distinction between the legality of killing Americans abroad versus on US soil.
Diplomats Urge Caution on North Korea Nuke Tests: Burkle Center Senior Fellow Kantathi Suphamongkhon Offers His Insight into North Korea
Former diplomats say Pyongyang is using planned nuclear tests to wring concessions and aid from the US.
Huffington Post Op-Ed by Burkle Center Director Kal Raustiala: Are We Really Pulling Out of Afghanistan?
Burkle Center Director Kal Raustiala discusses the controversy surrounding legal immunity, and how it will affect the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.
Senate Intelligence Report On Interrogations Should Be Made Public: The Hill's Congress Blog Op-Ed by Burkle Center Fellow Tony Camerino
Burkle Center Fellow Tony Camerino discusses the recent movie "Zero Dark Thirty" and argues that it’s time for Americans to know the truth about the real consequences of the CIA’s torture program.
Richard D. Baum, a distinguished professor of political science at UCLA, an influential authority on contemporary Chinese politics and a high-level U.S. policy adviser, died Dec. 14 at his home in Westwood, California, after a battle with cancer. He was 72.
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 use and utility of coercive interrogation.
Senior Fellow Kantathi Suphamongkhon discusses a series of Asian issues in light of President Obama's trip to Southeast Asia following his re-election.
Burkle Center Director Kal Raustiala discusses a recent border patrol shooting at the Mexican border
Experts say there’s little that can be done to stop the violence, given the delicacies of diplomatic relations between the two countries and the fact that no international law specifically covers such instances.
Obama’s second term may mean stronger hand in foreign policy: Daily Bruin Op-Ed by Burkle Center Director Kal Raustiala
As in domestic policy, of course, the president does not hold all the foreign policy cards. But areas such as these are largely in the hands of the president, and we can expect Obama, having completed his last electoral campaign, to be more active, more engaged and perhaps more daring in the four years to come.
Instead of committing the United States to take military action against Iran, 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.
How to arrest Julian Assange without violating international law: op-ed by Senior Fellow Kantathi Suphamongkhon
British authorities forcefully entering the Embassy of Ecuador in London where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has taken refuge would not only be illegal but also set a frightening precedent, putting embassies around the world at risk. Thankfully, Britain has other options.
Breaking the international agreement of the Vienna Convention could have implications that reach beyond London and Assange.
“The Right Way to Help Syria's Rebels”: Los Angeles Times op-ed co-authored by 2011-12 Visiting Fellow Dalia Dassa Kaye
The United States can support the insurgents without providing arms.