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Terasaki Center looks to the future of Japanese studies

International collaboration and funding arise as main issues for scholars at the Annual Forum.

Sending UCLA students into the world

A recent luncheon brought together UCLA alumnus and donor Terry Kramer with UCLA students who have received a Kramer scholarship in the past calendar year to travel and study abroad for the first time.

Summer 2013 - High School Teacher Workshop: Afghanistan

A three-day summer program for high school teachers, July 29-31, 2013.

In Memoriam: Andrzej Korbonski (1927-2013)

Professor Emeritus of the UCLA Department of Political Science, Andrzej Korbonski was a distinguished Polish-American scholar whose contributions to communist and post-communist studies were internationally recognized.

Senior UN leader to speak at International Institute commencement in June


The China-Taiwan cross-strait relationship: Stable, but fragile

In the past five years, China and Taiwan have succeeded in stabilizing their relationship to the benefit of both. Most progress has been in the economic and cultural spheres, with political issues left aside for the moment. A recent Center for Chinese Studies conference examined how China, Taiwan and the United States view the increasingly complex trilateral relationship.

The European Union in the world: The value of soft power

Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, spoke about EU foreign policy at the UCLA Faculty Center on May 6. The meeting was organized by the Center for European and Eurasian Studies and moderated by Terry McCarthy, president and CEO of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council.

Los Angeles Times highlights Korean documentary

The directors of the documentary film "Memory of Forgotten War" were interviewed in the Los Angeles Times prior to the screening of their film at the UCLA James Bridges Theater on May 8. The film was one of two documentaries that opened the "Ending the Korean War" conference organized by the UCLA Center for Korean Studies, May 8–10.

The “Gaza Doctor” Abuelaish: Feminism Will Deliver Peace to the Middle East

On April 18, 2013, the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies hosted Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, acclaimed physician, author and humanitarian, in a public talk entitled “Perspectives on Peace, Health & Hope: A Gaza Doctor's Journey from Personal Tragedy to a Search for Peace and Human Dignity”.

In Memoriam: Stanley Dashew

Stanley A. Dashew, was instrumental in the founding of the Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars at UCLA.

Two UCLA faculty awarded Guggenheim Fellowships


People need a platform of rights that cannot be taken away

Journalist, businesswoman and humanitarian Princess Basmah bint Saud spoke about her proposed "Fourth Way" at lecture sponsored by the UCLA Center for Middle East Development.

Russia: A country too modern for its politics — A conversation with Daniel Treisman

Interviewed about contemporary Russian politics, UCLA Professor of Political Science Daniel Treisman says that economic modernization has already created classes of people impatient with Putin's paternalistic regime. These groups are not just in the big cities; discontent with the state's failure to deliver basic services is also palpable in the provinces.

Community language schools: A rich and diverse resource flying under the radar

The UCLA conference brought together teachers and administrators of community language schools with local faculty and graduate student researchers. Some 10,000 community schools exist in the U.S.

Congratulations to the 2012-13 Alice Belkin Memorial Scholarship Recipients

The UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012-13 Alice Belkin Memorial Scholarship.

Nile Green, director of the Program on Central Asia, wins second book prize


Introducing young students to Arabic, Persian and Turkish

The UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies is launching the “Listen to Learn” website to introduce American students to critical Middle Eastern languages.

Burkle Center Fellow Tony Camerino quoted in Al Jazeera article on the US and its use of torture

Tony Camerino shares his expertise on the U.S. Constitution Project report about the use of torture by the U.S. government in interrogation and detention programs after 9/11.

Scholar to bring to life migrants’ perilous crossings

This profile of African Studies Center Director Françoise Lionnet looks at her upcoming presentation on historical and present-day migration and draws attention to the current phenomenon of African "boat people" — individuals from northern and western Africa in search of a better life who try to make the dangerous trip between the two continents in small boats. Lionnet delivers UCLA’s 114th Faculty Research Lecture in Schoenberg Hall on April 15, 2013, at 3 pm.

Stalin: Meticulous with His Word, Shaper of Faulty Information Systems

Historians Sarah Davies and James Harris spoke about their recent research in Stalin’s personal archive, discussing how the Soviet dictator used words and the way in which he processed incoming information, respectively.

The Complicated Lives of Gay Men in South Korea

According to anthropologist John Cho, single gay men in South Korea retreated from gay life in the wake of the 1997 Asian banking crisis and began to concentrate on making money, while married gay men became much more active in the gay community.

A Deal with Iran is Possible, Peace is Not

The foreign policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran is not irrational—the current regime needs conflict with the United States to perpetuate itself in power, said Professor Mansour Farhang. He advised the United States to reach an implicit understanding with the regime that Iran will not develop nuclear weapons.

U.S. drone signature strikes: An often illegal “killing machine”

Legal scholar Kevin Jon Heller examines the legal and evidentiary justifications for U.S. "signature" strikes—drone attacks that target unknown individuals based on a behavioral pattern—and finds that both frequently fail to meet the requirements of international humanitarian law.

Key policy makers and scholars discuss causes and consequences of drug-related violence in Latin America

WATCH: Video footage from two-day conference on organized crime, corruption and drug trafficking in Latin America.

Profile of Nile Green

This engaging portrait of UCLA History Professor Nile Green, who is the director of the Program on Central Asia, was published in the Winter 2013 edition of "The UCLA College Report," a publication of the College of Letters and Science.

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