Mission Statement

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 advisor 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.