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Warren Christopher Teaches UCLA Class on International Hot Spots

Warren Christopher Teaches UCLA Class on International Hot Spots

Warren Christopher, former U.S. Secretary of State, has returned to the classroom to give UCLA undergraduates the benefit of his unparalleled experience in international affairs.

By Steve Gamer

In a special ten-session course for UCLA's undergraduate Honors Collegium for the Winter 2003 quarter, supported by the Ronald W. Burkle Center for International Relations, Warren Christopher is exploring the explosive confrontation points in current global affairs. The seminar is limited to 18 upper division students. Christopher says the goal of the course is to “create a forum for intelligent and informed debate and to hone students' research and presentation skills.” Session topics include Iraq; North and South Korea; Israel and the Palestinians; India and Pakistan; and Colombia.
The classes are very participatory with each session including one student setting the scene, another student presenting the argument from one side (e.g., India) and a third student presenting a contrasting point of view (e.g., Pakistan). Following initial presentations, Christopher moderates and guides discussion for the whole group. At the end of the quarter, students will turn their presentations into written advocacy papers.

Warren Christopher has an extraordinary record for distinguished public service. After graduating from Stanford Law School, he served as law clerk to Justice William O. Douglas of the U.S. Supreme Court and subsequently as the Deputy Attorney General of the United States in the Johnson administration. He then served as Deputy Secretary of State of the United States for President Jimmy Carter and was awarded the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, for his role in negotiating the release of 52 American hostages from Iran in 1980. After rejoining the law firm of O'Melveny and Myers, Mr. Christopher went on to chair the Independent Commission on the Los Angeles Police Department in the aftermath of the Rodney King incident. In 1993, he was sworn in as the 63rd Secretary of State, and served until 1997. His activities since his return to his law firm have involved consultations on a wide variety of international matters, as well as service on many boards and civic authorities. He has authored two books: In the Stream of History: Shaping Foreign Policy for a New Era (Stanford University Press, 1998), and Chances of a Lifetime (Scribner, 2001).

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