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WSJ columnist delivers searing critique of Trump and his apologists

Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens (left) excoriated President Trump's blatant, repeated falsehoods as an attack on the truth, one he argued was exceptionally dangerous for American culture. He delivered his remarks at the 15th Annual Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture on February 16 at UCLA. Read his speech here.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Can Congress restrain Trump's ability to use nuclear weapons?

Jan. 25, 2017. Speaking to LA Weekly, Burkle Center Director Kal Raustiala judged it unlikely that Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Edward Markey (D-MA) would succeed in passing a bill to restrain the president from using nuclear weapons without a Congressional declaration of war. "I wouldn't expect this to sail through." he said, "Proper declarations of war are a bit antiquated."

Thursday, January 26, 2017


Salam Neighbor: Adding humanity to the refugee crisis

The documentary “Salam Neighbor,” screened last week by the Burkle Center, shed new light on the daily lives of the inhabitants of a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017


Obama's drone legacy: Conference summary

The political and legal implications of President Obama's drone policy were explored by a panel of experts, all of whom urged greater transparency concerning the U.S. use of drones in targeting killings.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016


Will Trump presidency affect U.S. support for global development?

Nov. 22, 2016. “If the U.S. is not an actively engaged member of the international community and assisting many countries with their development, somebody else will – and maybe in ways that are much less positive for us," says Burkle Center Director Kal Raustiala in the Los Angeles Times.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


Kal Raustiala interviewed by China's equivalent of CNN

Raustiala, professor of law and director of the Burkle Center for International Relations, is interviewed on the U.S. presidential election by v.ifeng.com (clip is in Chinese).

Wednesday, November 02, 2016


If elected, could Trump scuttle climate accord?

Oct. 27, 2016. Interviewed in the Christian Science Monitor, Kal Raustiala remarks,“There is a constitutional question, unresolved, about whether the president can withdraw from treaties duly ratified by the Senate without the Senate approving that withdrawal.” Raustiala is professor of law and director of the Burkle Center for International Studies at UCLA.

Thursday, October 27, 2016


Kal Raustiala weighs in on internet debate

Sept. 28, 2016. Writing in the Opinion Pages of The New York Times, the UCLA professor of law and director of the Burkle Center for International Relations argues in support of President Obama's decision to give the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) control over Internet addresses.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


Mediterranean migration crisis

C-SPAN coverage of May 23rd discussion with Gregory Maniatis, Senior European Policy Fellow, Migration Policy Institute, and Aslı Bâli, CNES director and UCLA professor of law.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016


Middle Eastern refugee crisis and global migration

C-SPAN coverage of May 23rd panel discussion with Laurie Brand, David Fitzgerald and Stefan Biedermann, moderated by UCLA's Roger Waldinger.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016


European Union facing multiple challenges

At two recent Center for European & Russian Studies events, leaders in European politics and civil society affirmed the resilience of the European Union in the face of multiple, complex challenges.

Friday, May 20, 2016


UCLA students meet with National Security Advisor Susan Rice

Senior White House official gives Bruins inside look at foreign affairs

Wednesday, April 20, 2016


Kal Raustiala interviewed by Reason.com

"Intellectual property law is not as important as we might think to innovation," said Raustiala, UCLA professor of law and director of the Burkle Center for International Relations. “A lot of innovation grows out of imitation,” he said.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


Journalists threatened the world over, says CNN's Christiane Amanpour

Amanpour delivered the Annual Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture at the Burkle Center.

Friday, April 15, 2016


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