THE UCLA BURKLE CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, THE UCLA CENTER FOR CHINESE STUDIES, UCLA CONFUCIOUS INSTITUTE – are coming together, also on 23 February (but starting at 10 am, then to 4pm) on the legendary topic of “Nixon in China.” Distinguished speakers and participants include Richard Solomon, President of the…

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The Pacific Century Institute

Is the think-works and do-good works of the immensely public-spirited Spencer Kim of a Thousand Oaks, Ca., is holding its annual award dinner 23 February at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Century City…this year they have produced yet another worthy honoree: James B. Steinberg, former national security advisor under President Bill Clinton, current Dean of the superb Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in New York.

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THE GULF STATES: Oil, Boil … and a Whole Lot of Trouble!

Reliable media outlets of the region, including the Jerusalem Post, Israel’s most-read English website and the Khaleej Times Online, a leading English daily out of Dubai, report growing tension, in particular, between Iran and Gulf States. A key issue of contention is the decision of the EU to punish Iran for proceeding with development of its nuclear capability. Many countries find this alarming, especially Israel, but Iran describes its work as a harmless “nuclear technology program” to generate domestic electricity.

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Kudos Corner

In our judgment, David Pilling is easily and consistently the best (non-U.S.) columnist writing about Asia, and has been honored once again for his perceptive and leading-edge commentaries on the world’s fastest rising region.  This time the honor comes from the 2011 Comment Awards in London (sponsored by Barclays and…

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Book Fair finds a benefactor in Al Qasimi

Why would UNESCO’s participation in the Sharjah International Book Fair make the headlines of one of the leading English Dailies of UAE and the Gulf States- The Khaleej News? On October 31st, UNESCO, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, granted Palestine’s bid for full membership in the organization. In response, by the U.S., as expected, announced cutbacks UNESCO funding, leaving the organization short $65 million USD for the end of the year budget…

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