About the Burkle Center

Director and Staff

Kal Raustiala
Director, Burkle Center for International Relations; Faculty Director, International Education Office

Alexandra Lieben
Deputy Director

Brian Gott
Program Director
Burkle Global Impact Initiative (BGI)

Kay Chun
Program Manager

Laura Duncan
Program Coordinator

Lorri Tisdale
Budget Manager


Mike Shuster
Senior Fellow

Faculty Advisory Board

Leslie Johns
Assistant Professor

Edward Leamer
Distinguished Professor

Etel Solingen
Tierney Chair in Peace Studies
Chair, Faculty Advisory Board

Arthur Stein

Richard Steinberg
Professor of Law

Robert Trager
Associate Professor

2015-16 Interns

Elizabeth Brickley
Undergraduate Intern

Jacob Finn
Undergraduate Intern

Allan Kew
Undergraduate Intern

Madeleine Kurtz
Undergraduate Intern

Nina Loshkajian
Undergraduate Intern

Clare McCreary
Undergraduate Intern

Royston Ong
Undergraduate Intern

Ravid Reif
Undergraduate Intern

Melissa Young
Undergraduate Intern

The Generation Editorial Team

Our Mission

The Burkle Center fosters research on and promotes discussion of international relations, U.S. foreign policy, and complex issues of global cooperation and conflict. We bring the brightest minds in these fields to UCLA and encourage faculty and students to explore and shape debate.

History and Activities

Created in 1979, the Center sponsors conferences, lectures, and other events that bring world leaders and internationally renowned scholars to UCLA and to the Los Angeles community; runs the Burkle Global Impact Initiative, a program designed to activate the entertainment industry to engage more deeply and effectively with global policy, humanitarian, and advocacy issues; funds research and courses on international affairs; hosts Senior Fellows, including former Supreme Allied Commander of Europe General Wesley K. Clark (ret.) and the 39th Foreign Minister of Thailand, Dr. Kantathi Suphamongkhon; sponsors a renowned and highly competitive internship program; administers fellowships and scholarships; and provides podcasts and videos of Burkle Center events that raise awareness and shape debate about important issues in international relations.

The Burkle Center has hosted visits and lectures by many eminent figures in world affairs, including Nobel Laureates in economics Joseph Stiglitz and Michael Spence; United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter; economist, development expert and adviser to UN Secretary-General Jeffrey Sachs; former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice; former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and current president of the University of California Janet Napolitano; CNN's Anderson Cooper, Christopher Hitchens, and many others.