Kal Raustiala, an expert in international lawwho studies and teaches about international cooperation and global governance, hasbeen named director of the UCLA Ronald W. Burkle Center for International Relations.
As director of the Burkle Center,Raustiala assumes leadership of UCLA's primaryacademic unit that fosters interdisciplinary research and policy-orientedteaching on the role of the United States in global cooperation and conflict,and military, political, social and economic affairs.
"We are very fortunate to have a scholar and academicinnovator of Kal's stature in this role," said RonaldRogowski, interim vice provost for internationalstudies and dean of the UCLA International Institute, who announced theappointment. "His leadership will strengthen the center's interdisciplinaryfocus and expand its ongoing efforts to create better understanding of globalissues."
Raustiala holds appointments in theUCLA School of Law and the UCLA International Institute — the home organizationof the BurkleCenter and a unit within the College of Letters and Science.
"Professor Raustiala bringsexciting new energy and a fresh perspective to the leadership of the center,"said Patricia O'Brien, executive dean of the UCLA College of Letters andScience. "I am confident that Kal will make thecenter an even more visible and important source of expertise and commentary onthe critical issues facing our nation and our world today."
Raustiala has been a fellow in theForeign Policy Studies Program at The Brookings Institution, a Peccei Scholar at the International Institute for AppliedSystems in Austria, and afellow in the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University'sWoodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is a member ofthe Pacific Council on International Policy and the American Society ofInternational Law and has served as a consultant on legal matters to numerousinternational organizations.
Raustiala has written extensivelyabout global legal issues. His article on international agreements in the AmericanJournal of International Law won the 2006 Francis DeakPrize from the American Society of International Law.
The Ronald W. Burkle Center for International Relations
The UCLA Burkle Center (http://www.international.ucla.edu/bcir)supports research initiatives and sponsors innovative teaching programs onglobal studies. Among the center's most prominent programs is the Burkle Forum, which brings to campus internationally renownedpolitical leaders, policy-makers and analysts to present their perspectives onglobal issues.
Recent Burkle Forums have featureda number of high-ranking and influential former government officials, includingPresident Jimmy Carter, Secretaries of State Warren Christopher and GeorgeShultz, Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castaeda,Secretaries of Defense William Cohen and William Perry, Federal ReserveChairman Paul Volker, Russian Finance Minister Yegor Gaidar and Special Middle East Coordinator under PresidentClinton Dennis Ross, as well as Nobel laureates ShirinEbadi and Robert Mundell,current State Department Policy Planning Director Stephen Krasner, syndicatedcolumnist Thomas Friedman, scholars Alan Dershowitz andEdward Said, and ambassadors from a dozen countries.
In September 2006, Gen. Wesley Clark, former supreme alliedcommander of NATO and author of "Waging Modern War," joined the Burkle Center as a seniorfellow. Clark will teach seminars, publish opinion articles and commentaries, andhost the center's inaugural conference on national security. The firstconference, to be held March 6–7, 2007, will explore the emerging challenges ofnuclear weapons in the 21st century. Beginning next year, Francisco Gil Diaz,Mexican finance minister in the outgoing Fox administration, will also join thecenter as a senior fellow.
The Burkle Centeralso sponsors innovative teaching programs at UCLA, including a seminar taughtby former Secretary of State Warren Christopher on international flash pointsand an undergraduate course taught by UCLA law professor Richard Steinberg on internationallaw and politics. The center also supports student-led initiatives, such as theUCLA Darfur Action Committee and the UCLA Undergraduate International RelationsSociety.
California'slargest university, UCLA enrolls approximately 38,000 students per year andoffers degrees from the UCLA College of Letters and Science and 11 professionalschools in dozens of varied disciplines. UCLA consistently ranks among the topfive universities and colleges nationwide in total research-and-developmentspending, receiving more than $820 million a year in competitively awardedfederal and state grants and contracts. For every $1 state taxpayers invest inUCLA, the university generates almost $9 in economic activity, resulting in anannual $6 billion economic impact on the Greater Los Angeles region. Theuniversity's health care network treats 450,000 patients per year. UCLA employsmore than 27,000 faculty and staff, has more than 350,000 living alumni, andhas been home to five Nobel Prize recipients.