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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


Autocratic parallels between Putin and Trump

Although Putin is not a perfect comparison for the U.S. president, examining the two leaders' shared autocratic traits is useful for understanding "who we are dealing with" in Trump, said writer-journalist Masha Gessen at a recent UCLA event.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


UCLA human rights conference confronts genocide and its aftermath

Genocide, the risks to civilians in war zones and the unforeseen effects of the security state were examined at a UCLA School of Law symposium on April 17.

Friday, April 21, 2017


Brexit negotiations to be tough

“There is no precedent for this. It's hard not to imagine that this wouldn't be one of the most protracted and difficult negotiations in European history. This is going to be really, really quite complex,” said Kal Raustiala, director of the Burkle Center for International Relations and professor of law at UCLA, in the Los Angeles Times on March 29, 2017.

Thursday, March 30, 2017


Mickey Kantor on Trump trade policy ideas

​Former U.S. Trade Representative and Secretary of Commerce Mickey Kantor delivered the keynote address at the 2017 JILFA Symposium, “U.S. Trade Policy in the New Administration.”

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


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


Read the remarks by top Obama economic adviser Jason Furman at the 2017 Harberger lecturer

"I want to use this lecture as an opportunity to explain how I came to economic policy as a profession, why I find it so exciting, and how to use economics to address questions we know the answer to—and more commonly, how we use economics to address questions we do not already know the answer to, and how to think about policies that affect growth and inequality. In all of these cases I will draw heavily on issues that I worked on in the Obama Administration." - From Jason Furman, Harberger Lecture, April 27, 2017

Monday, January 23, 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


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