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State of the (Student) Union – 2014

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by James Walker – Editor in Chief Summer has begun, and life at UCLA has taken on the gentle ambiance of a half empty campus, basking in the glorious SoCal sunshine. Nervous freshmen and transferees can be spotted exploring the buildings in anticipation (or perhaps dread?) of the Fall, half the faculty have vanished to do research, and the other ... Read More »

Brazil’s World Cup, a Reflection of Flawed Priorities?

São Paulo’s 8th “Não Vai Ter Copa” World Cup Protest, May 24, 2014. 
Photo by Ben Tavener

By Emily Milstein International sporting events provide platforms for host countries to broadcast their national glory. With the world watching, a host nation can showcase its achievements and further dazzle audiences with its ability to successfully organize a massive undertaking. The world watched this story play out with the Olympics in Athens, Beijing, London, and Sochi, as well as the World ... Read More »

The Fragile Peace in South Sudan

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by Izabela Chmielewska Since its tumultuous independence in 2011, South Sudan has been a fragile state.  The region is marred by ethnic clashes, which have driven recurring violence for decades.  The most recent conflict started in December 2013 when President Salva Kiir dismissed his Vice President, Riek Machar, after a political fallout.  Their personal tensions quickly escalated into ethnically charged ... Read More »

The Problem with Pandas: Rethinking Climate Change and the Environmental Movement

An ad from the World Wildlife Fund features pandas and polar bears, the majestic poster children of the environmental movement today. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

By Amber Murakami-Fester The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released an in-depth report earlier this year that seemed just short of a climatic Armageddon. The report, released in three parts in September, March, and April, detailed the results of an extensive assessment of scientific literature on climate change in the past six years. Findings, perhaps unsurprisingly, were bleak: the concentration ... Read More »

Old Problems, New Scapegoats

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By Erica Anjum Africa is a continent of profound diversity. Nonetheless, many African countries share something in common: most are considered “underdeveloped.” While there have been several theories advanced as to why, recently some African politicians have suggested that homosexuality is to blame for Africa’s problems. Many African states have long had anti-gay laws in place, but for the most ... Read More »

Crisis in Ukraine and the Global Scramble for Ukrainian Allegiance

Ukrainians holding an EU flag during a pro-EU rally: Photo courtesy of Ivan Bandura through Creative Commons

By Christine Smith – Editor Since November of last year, mounting tensions within Ukraine have made divisions between Russia, the European Union (EU), and the United States (US) increasingly evident. In an effort to establish stronger trade relations with Western Europe, Ukraine’s then-President Viktor Yanukovych initially sought to broker a deal in which his country would join the EU. However, ... Read More »

長江後浪推前浪 – Jon Huntsman challenges UCLA students to play their part.

Jon Huntsman at UCLA

By James Walker – Editor in Chief Last week the Burkle Center for International Relations hosted the annual Bernard Brodie Distinguished Lecture on the Conditions of Peace. This year’s speaker was Jon Huntsman, two-term Republican governor of Utah, and former U.S. Ambassador to China. The former GOP presidential candidate was on campus ostensibly to talk about “U.S.-China Relations, Challenges and ... Read More »

A Broken Measure Will Not Be Fixed by a Broken System

Passport stamps from London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Italy, France, Poland, Prague, Montreal

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By Erfan Faridmoayer Editor Immigration reform has always been a subject of heated discussion in American politics. Whether the government at the time has been for or against it, the intensity of the debate gives clue to its importance, and the need for legislators as well as the public to critically address the issue. In his State of the Union ... Read More »

Are the U.S. and India Headed for a Break-Up?: Finding the Delicate Balance in Diplomatic Relationships

Shri Narendra Modi addressed the ‘Jana Chetna Rally’ at Wardha in Maharashtra: Photo Courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

By Noelle Little The arrest of the Indian diplomat, Ms. Devyani Khobragade, last December in New York sparked a renewed interest in the future of diplomatic relationships between the United States and India. This controversy, in addition to current tension between the U.S. and Narendra Modi, the widely supported candidate for Prime Minister in this month’s elections, presents an interesting ... Read More »