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July 8, 2019. “Protesters have vowed to dig in, bracing for a long battle,” writes UCLA Professor of Sociology Ching Kwan Lee in The Los Angeles Times. “June 2019 will go down in history as a turning point, because the actions of Hong Kong's people have opened up new territories in their hearts and minds, something Beijing has tried in vain to capture for 22 years.” Lee argues that the recent demonstrations mark an historic development in relations between Hong Kong and the government of mainland China
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July 5, 2019. "The territory needs to have a deep dialogue of reconciliation in order to move forward within One Country. Beijing needs to allow it because it needs to hear the concerns of Hong Kong people, including the desire for greater democracy and respect for personal freedoms."
Loh is chief development strategist at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, lecturer at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, former Hong Kong legislator and former Hong undersecretary for the environment. She published another op-ed in the South China Morning Post on July 8.
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July 15, 2019. “Even pretty repressive dictators claim to be democratic,” said UCLA Professor Daniel Treisman, to the New York Times. Holding an election while barring opposition figures “doesn't delegitimize the election as much as it might seem,” he said.
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Jun 25, 2019. Ben Radd, research fellow at the UCLA Center for Middle East Development, was interviewed on the Peter Tilden Show (KABC). “What boxes in the Iranian government is the fact that one of the pillars of the 1979 Revolution is a very harsh, anti-American posture," he said, "For them to embrace, or in any way be seen as dealing with the Americans from a position of weakness, undermines that pillar.... What the United States needs to do is allow them to come to the table by giving a concession." (Listen to the interview here.)
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Kal Raustiala, director of the Burkle Center for International Relations, participated in a Zócalo Public Square/ UCLA Downtown LA event on Jan. 30, 2019. “Trump has a great affection for authoritarians around the world...,” said Raustiala. "But there are restraints on that power." Read the full story on the Zócalo website.