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UCLA faculty lead initiative to support Afghan scholars in danger

In an effort to bring Afghan scholars to UCLA, the Center for Near Eastern Studies is working to raise funds to support several visiting Afghan scholar positions on campus.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021


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Ruth Pearl, mother of slain journalist who turned her grief into activism, dies at 85

Los Angeles Times - Ruth Pearl, the mother of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl who turned the profound and lasting agony of losing a son into a life of activism, outreach and bridging cultural divides, has died at her home in Los Angeles.

Friday, July 30, 2021


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Why A Garcetti Assignment To India Is Considered A Critical One

LAist - Burkle Center Director Kal Raustiala weighs in on why Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's nomination to be Ambassador to India is important.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021


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Can The United States Usefully Engage With Vladimir Putin's Russia?

NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to retired Army General Wesley Clark, a former NATO commander and current Burkle Center senior fellow, about President Biden's meeting with Russian President Putin, and about the challenges facing Biden and NATO.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021


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LA mayor's office sponsors international career panels

UCLA and several other universities worked with the LA Mayor's Office of International Affairs to organize and host the series.

Thursday, April 8, 2021


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International system, U.S. fail to hold MBS accountable for murder of Khashoggi

Human rights experts David Kaye and Agnès Callamard discussed the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the lack of established international mechanisms to address the targeted assassination of dissidents by sovereign states.

Friday, April 2, 2021


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U.N.'s Khashoggi Investigator Describes ‘Brazen' Saudi Threat

New York Times - Agnès Callamard, who wrote of a cover-up in the 2018 killing of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, called out “bully boy” tactics and intimidation in international diplomacy.

Friday, March 26, 2021


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Biden Is Discovering His Presidential Power by Striking in Syria. How Far Can He Take It?

Haaretz Newspaper - When can the U.S. strike overseas? How much power does a president have in making these decisions? And how should the U.S. handle Iran's proxies? Ben Samuels writes about the early crossroads where Biden finds himself.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021


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CNN's Jake Tapper: Journalists must be loyal to the facts

Delivering the 2021 Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture, Tapper said journalists nned to be clear-eyed and precise with the public to counter the perpetuation of lies in the national discourse.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021


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Jake Tapper at Daniel Pearl Lecture: Press Must Stand as ‘Lighthouse in a Fog'

Jewish Journal - Tom Tugend writes about the 2020-21 Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture with CNN's Jake Tapper.

Thursday, February 4, 2021


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U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan is starting to feel like abandonment

The Pacific Council Magazine - Haroon Azar, Senior Fellow and the Program Director of the Burkle Center Initiative on Security and Religious Freedom, examines the effects of Operation Enduring Freedom and the current role of the U.S. in Afghanistan.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020


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Why it's so difficult to address climate change

A new undergraduate course in fall quarter 2020, “The Political Economy of Climate Change,” will examine the challenges of mitigating climate change.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020


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Fear of authoritarian regimes pushes Hollywood to self-censor

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."

Thursday, August 6, 2020


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C-Span: Ben Rhodes on Foreign Policy

Former Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes joined the UCLA Center for International Relations for a broad discussion on foreign policy and national security.

Monday, July 27, 2020


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U.S. foreign policy faltering in the wake of post–9/11 priorities, Trump and Covid-19

Two seasoned U.S. foreign policy hands, speaking at separate Burkle Center events, presented overviews of U.S. foreign policy.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020


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