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July 15, 2019. “Even pretty repressive dictators claim to be democratic,” said UCLA Professor Daniel Treisman, to the New York Times. Holding an election while barring opposition figures “doesn't delegitimize the election as much as it might seem,” he said.
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Jun 25, 2019. Ben Radd, research fellow at the UCLA Center for Middle East Development, was interviewed on the Peter Tilden Show (KABC). “What boxes in the Iranian government is the fact that one of the pillars of the 1979 Revolution is a very harsh, anti-American posture," he said, "For them to embrace, or in any way be seen as dealing with the Americans from a position of weakness, undermines that pillar.... What the United States needs to do is allow them to come to the table by giving a concession." (Listen to the interview here.)
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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.
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Jan 25., 2019. Writing in Common Dreams with Renee Luthra and Thomas Soehl, Roger Waldinger (director, Center for the Study of International Migration) argues, "In impeding naturalization, the Trump administration is forsaking long-term benefits for arguable short-term gains, and policymakers shouldn't play along. As our work shows, the United States would do better if it kept with the American tradition of naturalization..."
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Jan. 12, 2019. "There is no need for doubtful references to history, it's the present and the future of our democracy which the gilets jaunes movement is questioning," writes Center for European & Russian Studies Laure Murat in the French newspaper Liberation. (In French)