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Journalism as a crime

Northern California native and Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian discussed his 18-month ordeal as an Iranian prisoner and American bargaining chip.

Monday, June 3, 2019


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News media need to look to their own house in Trump era, says Bob Woodward

Veteran journalist Bob Woodward urged the news media to re-commit to foundational reporting at an annual lecture honoring the memory and legacy of fellow journalist Daniel Pearl.

Friday, April 5, 2019


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Authoritarianism and the limits of U.S. foreign policy

Kal Raustiala, director of the Burkle Center for International Relations, participated in a Zócalo Public Square/ UCLA Downtown LA event on Jan. 30, 2019. “Trump has a great affection for authoritarians around the world...,” said Raustiala. "But there are restraints on that power." Read the full story on the Zócalo website.

Friday, February 1, 2019


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Autocrats are on the rise and democracy faces multiple threats

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA, 28th district), right, delivered the Bernard Brodie Distinguished Lecture on the Conditions of Peace at the Burkle Center on May 31.

Monday, June 4, 2018


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Reel vs. Real: Espionage on “The Americans” and real-life CIA operations

The cast of FX's “The Americans” joined former CIA officers to reveal how sex, blackmail and violence are more characteristic of television than genuine intelligence operations at a recent Burkle Center for International Relations event.

Friday, June 1, 2018


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Rohingya crisis -- Genocide in real time demands a response

Urgent action is needed to stop or slow the violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar and to greatly increase humanitarian assistance to refugees in Bangladesh, concluded speakers at a recent Center for Southeast Asian Studies panel.

Thursday, May 17, 2018


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CSEAS hosts panel discussing Rohingya crisis in Myanmar

The panel of experts in human rights, international law, and mass violence explores the various debates around the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people in Myanmar.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018


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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 2, 2018


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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


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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


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EVENT SUMMARY: Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D, CA-33) on the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017

On October 30, Congressman Ted W. Lieu spoke about legislation he recently introduced: "Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017". The bill aims to require the president to obtain congressional approval before launching a nuclear strike.

Friday, December 1, 2017


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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 2, 2017


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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 2, 2017


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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


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