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Gen. Wesley Clark to Join UCLA Burkle Center

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Gen. Wesley K. Clark, former supremeallied commander of NATO, will join the Burkle Centerfor International Relations in UCLA's International Institute this fall as asenior fellow. Clark will teachseminars, publish papers through the Burkle Center and host an annualconference on national security.

"Gen. Clark'sinvolvement with the campus will add a unique and valuable dimension to theBurkle Center's exploration of the contemporary world and the role of theUnited States in global security and military, political, social and economicaffairs," said Patricia O'Brien, executive dean of UCLA's College of Lettersand Science, of which the Burkle Center and International Institute arepart. "I am especially pleased that our students at UCLA will benefitfrom Gen. Clark's extraordinary experience, as well as his dynamicleadership and teaching credentials." 

Clark's 40 years of military leadership,teaching, research and executive management in federal government ultimatelyled to his service as NATO's commander during the 1999 Kosovo conflict, forwhich he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Clark retired as one of thenation's most highly decorated military officers since Gen. Dwight D.Eisenhower.

The Burkle Center's work includesresearch, teaching and public outreach and service on the contemporary world.The International Institute iscommitted to the education ofglobal citizens through its degree programs; the people-to-people linkages itfosters among students, scholars and citizens around the globe, and itscommitment to helping people everywhere become lifelong learners about theirworld.

"Wes Clarkbrings incisive and visionary analysis to questions of economic and securitypolicy, particularly as they relate to future U.S.relations with Asia and Latin America," said professor Ronald Rogowski, interimvice-provost for international studies, dean of the International Institute anddirector of the Burkle Center. "All of us at theBurkle Center and the larger InternationalInstitute look forward to working with him."

Clark said itwas an honor to join the Burkle Center.

"I am hopefuland enthusiastic about the progress to be gained through frank and friendlydiscussion about the challenges we face to secure peace throughout the world," Clark said. "The Burkle Centeris offering a vital voice to the international conversation on security andpeace."

Clark makesfrequent appearances in national and international news media, providing expertcommentary on the occupation of Iraq,the war on terrorism and American foreign policy. In 2004 Clark sought the candidacy forpresident of the United States at the urging of national Democraticleadership. He recently joined members of the U.S. Democratic Party inreleasing a report analyzing the effect thatRepublican policies have had on the security of the nation.

"Gen. Clark is a four-star general and afirst-class intellect with tremendous expertise in national security issues,"said Amy Zegart, associate professor in UCLA's Schoolof Public Affairs, where shespecializes in U.S.intelligence and national security affairs. Zegart was a member of a selectioncommittee of five faculty members that met with Clark prior to his Burkle Centerappointment. "He will be a tremendous addition to the UCLA community," shesaid.

Ronald W. Burkle, managing partner of theYucaipa Companies, whose endowment provides core support for the Burkle Center,said: "Gen. Clark's wide-ranging international experience will enhance the Burkle Center'smission of providing thoughtful analysis of some of the world's most pressingissues. Clark's presence will illuminate the center's research and teachingabout the contemporary role of the United States in the internationalcommunity."

Clark joins agroup of internationally renowned policymakers and analysts who have beeninvolved with the Burkle Center. They includePresidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter,Secretaries of State Warren M. Christopherand George P. Shultz, Mexican Minister of Foreign Affairs JorgeCastaneda and Finance Minister Francisco Gil-Diaz, Nobel Peace PrizeLaureate Shirin Ebadi,Russian Finance Minister Yegor Gaidar,Clinton advisor Dennis Ross,State Department Director of Policy Planning StephenKrasner, New York Times columnist ThomasFriedman and leading public intellectuals AlanDershowitz and Edward Said,as well as ambassadors from a dozen countries.

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