Faculty in the News

Image for Joe Biden on the wrong track regarding Turkey
Sep. 22, 2020. "The ideas of the Democratic Presidential nominee will not restore U.S.-Turkish relations. Instead, Biden will exacerbate distrust between two NATO allies, facilitate an increasing tendency toward authoritarianism in Turkey, and push Turkey toward other patrons. It will also damage relations with our other allies in the Middle East," writes Eric Bordenkircher in The Nation. Bordenkircher is a Research Fellow at the Center for Middle East Development.
Image for Fear of authoritarian regimes pushes Hollywood to self-censor
Aug. 4, 2020. Writing in Foreign Affairs ("Hollywood is Running Out of Villains"), UCLA Burkle Center Director Kal Raustiala observes, "Hollywood sanitizes or censors topics that Beijing doesn't like. But the phenomenon is not limited to China, nor is it all about revenue. Studios, writers and producers increasingly fear they will be hacked or harmed if they portray any foreign autocrats in a negative light, be it Russian President Vladimir Putin or North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un."
Image for Jennifer Chun receives Chancellor
Chun, who has a joint appointment in the International Institute and the department of Aisan American studies, won a $10,000 grant to develop a course on writing community organizational case studies and movement histories, as well as community engagement components for existing courses on Asian and Latina women workers.
Image for "Wuhan Diary" provokes cyber campaign against author, translator
June 25, 2020. Director of the Center for Chinese Studies Michael Berry translated “Wuhan Diary,” an account by Chinese author Fang Fang of Covid-19's spread in her hometown. Berry writes in The Washingtono Post, "As the coronavirus spread and people were desperate for not just information but also a human connection, [her] diary was viewed online by more than 50 million people in China." But once Fang Fang called for accountability, she became the target of a massive, multi-pronged cyber-campaign."The assault not only deflected attention from her calls for accountability, but also turned Fang into the villain in the eyes of many Chinese readers," writes Berry, who himself was attacked on Weibo.