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U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Carlos Pascual discussed strategies for ending the impunity of drug cartels and stemming the flow of guns and drugs across the border. His visit to campus was organized by the UCLA Center for Mexican Studies, the Latin American Institute, and the International Institute.
In an event co-presented with Zócalo Public Square, Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs and author of the new book "How Wars End," chatted with Burkle Center Director Kal Raustiala about why the United States begins its wars and how we can better plan for peace. A link to the video of the event can be found at the bottom of this article.
Three survivors of state torture – an Argentine architect and activist, a Chilean artist, and an Iranian journalist and author – tell their stories on campus this month. In an installation on display Oct. 25-27 in Broad Art Center, Victor Videla Godoy will recreate his prison cell, this time lined with his remarkable, rediscovered correspondence with his mother.
At an Oct. 4 luncheon hosted by California Secretary of Education Bonnie Reiss and Chancellor Gene Block, the leaders of the Qatar National Food Security Programme explain their vision for a sustainable food supply to potential partners in academia and industry.
The thorny topic of the crime of aggression, to come under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, made for lively discussion Sept. 27 between David Scheffer, the first U.S. ambassador-at-large for war crimes, and Gen. Wesley K. Clark, the retired general and Burkle Center senior fellow.
Sudan's civil war killed more than 2 million people and, in a well-known episode, sent 20,000 boys in the country's South on a 1,000-mile march to Ethiopia and Kenya. Beset by thirst, hunger, wild animals and bombing attacks, fewer than half of them survived. John Dau, one of about 4,000 so-called Lost Boys of Sudan who were helped to relocate to the United States, told his story at the law school.
Diamond's 2005 book and now a National Geographic documentary, "Collapse" juxtaposes America's future with the demise of the Roman Empire and other failed civilizations as a warning that we are hurtling down the same path.
Carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere has locked the world into at least a 3.6-degree Fahrenheit global temperature increase that will last for millennia, according to a new report released by the National Research Council. Marilyn Raphael, a UCLA geography profesor and member of the report committee, urges action and not despair.
Matthew E. Kahn, an environmental economist, takes a pessimistic view of climate change--that it's too late to avoid rising sea levels and hotter summers--but believes cities can cope with the changes.
Commemorating the atomic bombings on Japan in 1945 and joining in the call for a world without nuclear weapons were, on Wednesday in Haines Hall, a local grandmother who survived the Hiroshima attack, a Japanese-born artist, a UCLA anthropologist and, by Internet link, local officials from Hiroshima and Manchester, UK, who lead international anti-nuclear organizations.
Twenty-one representatives of the student-founded UC Haiti Initiative will travel to the island nation for a 10-day fact-finding visit. The group, which includes 13 students, will visit Port-au-Prince, Jacmel, Mirebalais and Leogane, the epicenter of the 7.0 temblor that struck on Jan. 12, in search of specific recovery projects that can be sustained by the people themselves.
To take place on campus as well as on the Internet, an hourlong event on Wednesday, August 4, will mark the 65th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and connect UCLA with participants in Japan, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom.
Ann Carlson is professor of law and faculty director of the Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment at the UCLA School of Law. Her op-ed orginially appeared on the joint UCLA and UC Berkeley law schools' environmental law blog, Legal Planet, on Friday, July 16, 2010.
Since a trip the World Arts & Cultures professor made to India in 2004, "Make Art/Stop AIDS" has grown into a project of international stature, with a worldwide network of artists intervening in the AIDS epidemic.
Professor Bhagwan Chowdhry has an idea that could change the world. The bank accounts he proposes would provide an incentive to register births and a way to save money for children. In the wake of a natural disaster or emergency, governments and charitable and relief organizations could transfer money electronically to those in need in the most efficient way possible.
After spending their first four weeks studying in Dakar, 19 students will go to eco-villages in the Senegal River Valley to explore community development projects in public health, women's micro-financing, solar electricity and organic gardening.
Research by the UCLA atmospheric chemist considers whether tinkering with the stratosphere to slow down global warming is feasible, let alone advisable.
Drug-economy experts to discuss findings in Washington, D.C., July 6.
The Daily Bruin student newspaper reports on one students long journey to bring a school to ethnic Karen refugees in Burma.
The fundamental question of whether China is on the path to becoming a responsible stakeholder in world affairs or acting as a revisionist superpower was put to a prestigious group of China scholars from universities and think tanks across the country. Watch video of the keynote address by John Podesta, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress.
UCLA alumnus Brian Rishwain gave two $2,500 awards to urban planning doctoral students Ava Bromberg and John Scott-Railton, who brought an innovative, entrepreneurial spirit to social justice work. Scott-Railton is working in poor slums in Senegal to help the residents counteract devastating floods.
At a symposium on the anti-nuclear weapons movement, director M.T. Silvia screens and discusses a new film about her mother's role at a Nevada testing site and the story of a Hiroshima survivor; and Steve Leeper, chairman of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, urges action by nonproliferation treaty signatories on disarmament.
The UCLA Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law will devote one of its annual issues to papers emerging from the April 16 meeting on "Critical Perspectives on the Criminalization of Islamic Philanthropy in the War on Terror."
On Saturday, April 24, at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on campus, UCLA Professor Geoffrey Robinson will participate in a discussion of "History: Rising Above Oppression." Robinson is the author of "If You Leave Us Here, We Will Die: How Genocide Was Stopped in East Timor" (Princeton University Press, 2010). The discussion will take place at 11 a.m. in Haines 39.
Ali F. Igmen, a historian at CSU Long Beach who specializes in Central Asia and Kyrgyzstan, recalls the disappointments of the country's 2005 revolution in assessing the events of this week.
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