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About the Burkle Center

Director and Staff

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Alexandra Lieben
Deputy Director

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Samantha Sorin
Program Manager


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Haroon Azar
Senior Fellow

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Jerrold Green
Senior Fellow

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Dalia Dassa Kaye
Senior Fellow and Director, Initiative for Regional Security Architectures

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Benjamin Radd
Senior Fellow

Faculty Advisory Board

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John Agnew
Distinguished Professor

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Edward Leamer
Distinguished Professor Emeritus

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Maggie Peters
Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Chair of the Global Studies

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Etel Solingen
Tierney Chair in Peace and Conflict Studies; Chair of Burkle Center Faculty Advisory Board

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Arthur Stein

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Alex L. Wang
Professor; Co-Director, Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

2023-24 Interns

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Lauren Akason
Undergraduate Intern

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Rita Dahi
Undergraduate Intern

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Grace Funk
Undergraduate Intern

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Jack Garland
Undergraduate Intern

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Guinivere Kimber
Undergraduate Intern

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Mohamed Mido
Undergraduate Intern

The Generation Editorial Team

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Seher Alvi
The Generation Co-Editor-in-Chief

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Grace Funk
The Generation Print-Editor

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Nathan Akiyoshi
The Generation Staff Writer

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Ben Chlarson
The Generation Staff Writer

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Jack Hill
The Generation Staff Writer

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Nina Parsee
The Generation Staff Writer

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Max Schaked
The Generation Staff Writer

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Lillian Shen
The Generation Staff Writer

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Dylan Tzung
The Generation Staff Writer

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, 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.