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About the Burkle Center


Director and Staff

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Alexandra Lieben
Deputy Director

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Odessa Aguirre
Program Manager

Fellows

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Haroon Azar
Senior Fellow

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Wesley Clark
Senior Fellow

Faculty Advisory Board

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Leslie Johns
Associate Professor

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Dalia Dassa Kaye
Faculty Advisor

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Edward Leamer
Distinguished Professor

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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
Professor

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Robert Trager
Associate Professor

2021-22 Interns

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Shannon Courtney
Undergraduate Intern

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Nicole Demurjian
Undergraduate Intern

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Gabe Feiner
Undergraduate Intern

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Renata Shammo
Undergraduate Intern

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Lauryn Wang
Undergraduate Intern

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Sophie Zane
Undergraduate Intern

The Generation Editorial Team

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Katherine Jones
The Generation Editor-in-Chief

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Andreas Papoutsis
The Generation Print Director

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Joshua Potter
The Generation Staff Writer

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Samriddhi Sapkota
The Generation Staff Writer

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Manon Snyder
The Generation Staff Writer

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Annabelle Werner
The Generation Managing Editor

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

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.

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.); 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.