The symposium brought researchers from UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior together with eminent Buddhist scholars for a two-hour conversation about their distinctive yet complementary understandings of compassion, creativity, mental flexibility and attention, as well as the role mindfulness meditation may play in cultivating these qualities.
Matthew Alexander on MSNBC's Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell on The Legacy of Enhanced Interrogation
Alexander discusses the long-term costs of enhanced interrogation use and its impact on the lives of American service members at home and abroad.
If you want to improve HIV testing rates in remote rural areas, get the community involved, says UCLA's Thomas Coates, who has directed a new study examining HIV testing programs in communities in Africa and Southeast Asia.
Burkle Center Fellow Matthew Alexander's Foreign Policy Reflection on the Logic of Torture After Osama bin Laden's Death.
Matthew Alexander claims that the United States didn't need to waterboard anyone to get information about Osama bin Laden and discusses the negative effects of torture as a form of interrogation.
Burkle Fellow Matthew Alexander on The Ed Show Discussing Cooperation with Pakistan and Interrogation in the War on Terror.
Matthew Alexander analyzes possible trends in partnership and intelligence emerging out of the death of Osama bin Laden and comments on the legacy of torture and its effects on the international War on Terror.
Three faculty experts agree the death of Osama bin Laden is significant but should have little effect on Al-Qaeda. The network was in decline before bin Laden was killed, and its loose organization makes the central leader less important.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama was unable to attend this May 2, 2011, symposium as planned, due to ill health. In his stead, Geshe Thupten Jinpa, a principal English translator for His Holiness and Ph.D. in Religious Studies (Cambridge University) and Robert Thurman, Je Tsongkhapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, joined the discussion with four UCLA neuroscientists.
Fellowships that enable students to learn languages and study overseas are in jeopardy of being cut by 40 percent, along with the budgets of National Resource Centers and other units at UCLA involved in community outreach and teaching about the world.
Matthew Alexander discusses the information on Guantánamo released by WikiLeaks' newest document dump and its reminder that the United States' least worst place is now its most intractable legal problem.
Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate and Columbia Economics Professor, delivers the 2011 Arnold C. Harberger Distinguished Lecture entitled: "America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy.”
Joseph Stiglitz of Columbia University delivered the Arnold C. Harberger Distinguished Lecture, presented annually by the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations, on April 21 to a standing-room-only audience at the Anderson School's Korn Convocation Hall.
Economists and policy-makers need to rethink the long-term development of the nation's economy rather than design temporary solutions to crises, said the Columbia University economist, reports The Daily Bruin.
The 2011 Arnold C. Harberger Distinguished Lecture delivered by Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate & Professor of Economics, Columbia University.
Two skeptics of the no-fly zone mission in Libya, Burkle Center Senior Fellow Gen. (ret.) Wesley K. Clark and Acting Professor of Law Asli Bali, identified a range of mixed motives behind the move to intervene and speculated on what will happen next.
In international politics "friends'' co-ally. But friendship is relational and contextual. Countries are more likely to act on common interests on a given dimension if few other actors share that identity. In contrast, new cleavages are likely to emerge as an identity becomes ubiquitous.
Political economist Elinor Ostrom is the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in economics and the only UCLA alumna and former staff member ever to capture the vaunted award. Among other topics in this interview, she touches on research in Nepal in the 1970s.
A lecture by Hilton Obenzinger, Stanford University
The esteemed postcolonial feminist historian's talk this winter, entitled "Once Upon a Time in the Present," proposed an alternate ontological and epistemological orientation.
Drawn to the university honors program by the caliber of its students, Christopher taught a small, student-focused seminar that discussed international hot spots and possible policy solutions.
Who May Be Killed? Anwar al-Awlaki as a Case Study in the International Legal Regulation of Lethal Force
A lecture by Robert Chesney, Charles I. Francis Professor in Law, University of Texas School of Law. This event was co-sponsored by the International Human Rights Law Program at the UCLA Law School.
A new report from the National Research Council recommends that the U.S. intelligence community adopt methods, theories, and findings from the behavioral and social sciences as a way to improve its analyses. To that end, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) should lead a new initiative to make these approaches part of the intelligence community’s analytical work, hiring and training, and collaborations.
Senior Burkle Center Fellow Gen. Wesley Clark (ret.) debates when to intervene in Libya on NPR's All Things Considered
Burkle Center Senior Fellow, Gen. Wesley K. Clark (ret.), discusses the debate over when to intervene in Libya with Anne-Marie Slaughter, former Director of Policy Planning, U.S. State Department. Aired on NPR's All Things Considered with Robert Siegel on March 18, 2011.
Gen. Wesley Clark discusses the United Nations Security Council's decision to approve a no-fly zone over Libya, and says that the coalition needs to know how military action will impact the ultimate political goal in Libya. Aired on CNN Newsroom on March 18, 2011.
From March 20 through Aug. 14 at the Fowler Museum, "Jam Session: America's Jazz Ambassadors Embrace the World” will illustrate how some of our most famous musicians taught the world about the United States while learning about their host nations as well.
Matthew Alexander, an 18-year Air Force and Air Force Reserves veteran and author of books about effective, non-coercive interrogation methods, is bringing his on-the-ground perspective about counterterrorism policies to UCLA as a Burkle Center fellow.
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