When: Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 6:30 PM
Where: UCLA Faculty Center
: RSVP to bennettramberg@aol.com by November 8, 11am with your selection of $33 dinner/$38 dinner with dessert. Please bring your check payable to “Michael Intriligator,” your UCLA host. Parking is available at Structure 2, near the Faculty Center, at the corner of Hilgard and Westholme. Parking fee is $10.

SEMINAR TOPIC: AFGHANISTAN: SHOULD THE UNITED STATES STAY OR GO? The U.S. occupation of Afghanistan has entered its 10th year with no victory or defeat in sight. The initial objective of capturing Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan is no longer valid as he and his cronies have fled to Pakistan and we do not have a clear objective in Afghanistan. The cost of this war, given our own recession, is becoming prohibitive – at one million dollars per year/per soldier for over 100,000 soldiers. Our casualties are mounting by the day while our real enemies are in Pakistan. Our effort to control production of poppy, get rid of local corruption, institute governmental reform and economic development have failed. Why are we there? No reason, we should pull out.


Michael D. Intriligator is Professor of Economics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he is also Professor of Political Science, Professor of Policy Studies in the School of Public Policy and Social Research, and Co-Director of the Jacob Marschak Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Mathematics in the Behavioral Sciences. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Milken Institute in Santa Monica, California and the Gorbachev Foundation of North America in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Science, an AAAS Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations (New York) and the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London). He is the author of more than 200 journal articles and other publications in the areas of economic theory and mathematical economics, econometrics, health economics, reform of the Russian economy, and strategy and arms control.

Nake M. Kamrany born in Kabul, Afghanistan, is an economics professor and Director of the Program in Law and Economics at the University of Southern California. His previous professional appointments include Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the World Bank, UCLA, and the Stanford Research Institute. He has served as advisor to the World Bank, UNDP, the governments of the United States, Ghana, Lebanon, the Philippines, Jamaica and the Sahel-Sudan countries of Africa. Dr. Kamrany’s research has appeared in fifteen books and over 100 scientific-economic papers. His awards include “The Associate Award” at USC and research grants from the National Science Foundation, the Agency for International Development, the World Bank, the Advanced Research Project Agency and others. His recent research on the Global Economic Convergence Theory includes an analysis of per capita income performance of 126 countries and the prospects for less developed countries (LDCs) to catch up with developed countries within the 21st century.

Organized and sponsored by PSR-LA, Michael Intriligator (Professor of Economics, Political Science and Public Policy, UCLA and former Director of the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations; Senior Fellow Milken Institute), and Bennett Ramberg (Seminar Director, is a former State Department policy analyst) and the much appreciated financial support of Richard Bernard, Jack Kaufman, Armin Satoff, Don and Judy Broder, Jack and Valerie Melmed, William E. Perkins, and an anonymous donor.

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