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May 10, 2021. Wiriting on the blog site of Oxford University Press, UCLA sociologist Cecilia Menjívar, member of the Center for the Study of International Migration, notes, "To the extent that there are migration-related crises, these are located elsewhere and have been created over decades by government policies in which the United States has played a critical role... [Policies] in Central America, instigated by the US government, have wholly militarized the countries where many immigrants originate, historically and contempora-neously... This tripartite militarization strategy—at origin, transit, and destination—has created some of the most violent country conditions in the world from which Central Americans flee today."
Also see Menjívar's interview with Mother Jones and a recent New York Times Magazine article on the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program that cites her research.
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Apr 26, 2021. Ann Karagozian, director of The Promise Armenian Institute and distinguished professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at UCLA, was interviewed by Los Angeles NPR station KCRW about the meaning of Biden's recognition of the Armenian Genocide. Listen to the "Press Play with Madeleine Brand" interview.
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March 10, 2021. Asked by Israeli daily Ha'aretz to comment on President Biden's recent airstrikes on Syria, Kal Raustiala responded, “[T]he issue becomes: Are you invited by the state involved? It's fine if you're invited to do that by the sovereign, or if you have a [UN] Security Council resolution, or you're engaged in self-defense.” Raustiala, director of the Burkle Center for International Relations and professor of law at UCLA, added, “A country like the United States typically wants to stop the attack, and make sure it never happens again, but some people are uncomfortable with that.”
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CMED Research Fellow Dr. Ben Radd spoke on KPCC's "AirTalk" about US plans to rejoin the JCPOA in the current international setting. While many Arab nations are more closely aligned against Iran than several years ago, Radd pointed out, "The Europeans... are eager to get Iran back into compliance. They were very much opposed to the US withdrawing and also [against] attempts last year by then Secretary of State Pompeo to reimpose United Nations sanctions against Iran."
See Dr. Radd's comments on the evolving American-Saudi relationship on BCC World News.