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Burkle Center fellow Asma Uddin delivers lecture on religion and personal freedom

Asma Uddin, a fellow of the Burkle Center Initiative on Security and Religious Freedom, spoke at the University of Virginia about the balance between religious pluralism and personal freedom.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Autocrats are on the rise and democracy faces multiple threats

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA, 28th district), right, delivered the Bernard Brodie Distinguished Lecture on the Conditions of Peace at the Burkle Center on May 31.

Monday, June 04, 2018

Rohingya crisis -- Genocide in real time demands a response

Urgent action is needed to stop or slow the violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar and to greatly increase humanitarian assistance to refugees in Bangladesh, concluded speakers at a recent Center for Southeast Asian Studies panel.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Decay of liberal democracy a global phenomenon, says CNN's Fareed Zakaria

Delivering the 2017–18 Annual Daniel Pearl Memorial lecture, Zakaria warned of the dangers of "illiberal democracies."

Friday, March 02, 2018

New sanctions coming against Russia, says U.S. treasury secretary

Steven Mnuchin delivered the 2018 Arnold C. Harberger Distinguished Lecture on Economic Development at the Burkle Center on Feb. 26.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Edward Lansdale as an early proponent of counterinsurgency strategy

Speaking at UCLA on February 8, Max Boot argued that Edward Lansdale's approach to advancing U.S. interests in the Philippines and Vietnam in the early years of the Cold War offered a promising strategy for the “war on terror.”

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

EVENT SUMMARY: Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D, CA-33) on the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017

On October 30, Congressman Ted W. Lieu spoke about legislation he recently introduced: "Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017". The bill aims to require the president to obtain congressional approval before launching a nuclear strike.

Friday, December 01, 2017

PODCAST & EVENT SUMMARY: Steven A. Cook, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations

On Oct. 5, Steven A. Cook, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, discussed the failures and impacts of the Arab Spring in a talk about his new book “False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle East.”

Thursday, November 02, 2017

EVENT SUMMARY & PODCAST: Leila Janah, Founder and CEO of Samasource and LXMI

On Oct. 4, Leila Janah, founder and CEO of Samasource and LXMI, discussed her two ventures and new book, “Give Work.” She supports a new solution to solving extreme poverty: give work, not aid.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

U.S. quits UNESCO, the U.N.'s educational and cultural agency. Israel immediately follows suit

“This is, in a sense, the end point of a road that we've been on for some time, that is an uneasy relationship with UNESCO and especially an uneasy relationship around how it connects to the Israel-Palestine conflict,” said Kal Raustiala, a law professor and director of the Burkle Center for International Relations at UCLA. “Obviously we're a huge part of UNESCO's contributions, and symbolically it's unfortunate,” Raustiala said. “UNESCO is a politicized organization like any U.N. agency. But I think this feeds the perception that it is especially ideological. It's not going to derail UNESCO entirely, but it's meaningful because we are a huge contributor of funds and of legitimacy.”

Friday, October 13, 2017

The U.N. pledged to improve the lives of the world's most needy. Enacting that plan is another matter

“The SDGs are very ambitious,” said Kal Raustiala, a law professor and director of the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations. “One of the criticisms is that there are so many goals … with everything being a priority and therefore arguably nothing being a priority. So implementing them in full is hard to imagine” said Raustiala in the Los Angeles Times on September 17, 2017.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Ambassador Emerson discusses U.S.-German relations

On May 10, former U.S. Ambassador to Germany John Emerson (2013-17) delivered the 2017 Bernard Brodie Lecture at the Burkle Center. He highlighted the enduring importance of U.S.-European partnership and the critical need to address economic equity on both sides of the Atlantic.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

UCLA Burkle Center launches new Initiative on Security and Religious Freedom

This new initiative, which seeks to operate across the UC system, will promote research on innovative solutions to security challenges while preserving civil rights and civil liberties.

Monday, May 15, 2017

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