Faculty in the News

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Nov. 19, 2020, The Washington Post. "Given the Trump administration's departure from decades of U.S. policy toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict... [m]ajor changes in the United States and in Israel-Palestine preclude a return to 'business as usual,'" writes Dov Waxman, director of the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, with co-author Jeremy Pressman. Facts on the ground limit President-Elect Biden's room for maneuver, including the expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and the "prevailing one-state reality in Israel-Palestine."
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Sep. 23, 2020. UCLA historian George Dutton, director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, in an interview with the online mangonsteensmartlets, notes, "I think there was always at least an implicit sense of the Catholic missions as a kind of colonizing project.... The missionary efforts to convert and baptise Vietnamese went hand in hand with a range of cultural changes. This isn't to say that missionaries steamrollered local cultural practices and customs, but they did engage in various forms of iconoclasm and suppression of culture in the name of their faith. " Read the full interview at the link.
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Sep. 22, 2020. "The ideas of the Democratic Presidential nominee will not restore U.S.-Turkish relations. Instead, Biden will exacerbate distrust between two NATO allies, facilitate an increasing tendency toward authoritarianism in Turkey, and push Turkey toward other patrons. It will also damage relations with our other allies in the Middle East," writes Eric Bordenkircher in The National Interest. Bordenkircher is a Research Fellow at the Center for Middle East Development.
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Aug. 4, 2020. Writing in Foreign Affairs ("Hollywood is Running Out of Villains"), UCLA Burkle Center Director Kal Raustiala observes, "Hollywood sanitizes or censors topics that Beijing doesn't like. But the phenomenon is not limited to China, nor is it all about revenue. Studios, writers and producers increasingly fear they will be hacked or harmed if they portray any foreign autocrats in a negative light, be it Russian President Vladimir Putin or North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un."