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Iranian studies expert Rudi Matthee says the presiding sentiment in Iran is, “The world needs Iran more than Iran needs the world.” Photos by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Autarky in Iran

November 11, 2014

Iran’s quest for self-sufficiency has deep historical roots that are as much economic and cultural as political, said Iranian studies expert Rudi Matthee during a recent lecture at USC University Park campus. Matthee…

Opposition supporters shout in their stronghold of Tahrir Square in Egypt. Photo by Reuters.

War of Words in the Middle East

August 8, 2014

In 2011, the Arab world exploded. Protests rippled throughout the region’s most repressive states, in some cases overturning regimes that had stood intact for decades. Middle East scholars like Laurie Brand watched with…

A recent lecture organized by international relation’s Laurie Brand analyzed the complex relationship between Egypt’s civilian and military leadership, and how United States officials are dealing with Egypt’s government.

An Inside Look at Egypt’s Military

May 1, 2014

Several years on since Egypt’s 2011 revolution, the country is in many ways less democratic than it was beforehand, argued an expert on the country’s military at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. Robert Springborg,…

During a recent panel discussion titled <em>The Arab Uprisings: Crisis and Conflict in Egypt, Syria and Beyond</em>, Sherman Jackson, King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture and professor of religion and American studies and ethnicity at USC Dornsife, discussed how the Arab uprisings have impacted Islamic discourse and its relation to politics and government. Photos by Erica Christianson.

Bread, Freedom and Dignity

October 1, 2013

Resplendent in ivory wedding gowns and bearing blood-red banners with white lettering proclaiming “Stop all military operations in Syria,” “One hundred percent Syrian,” and “Syria is for all of…

James B. Smith, U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, shares his perspective on the Arab Spring during a talk organized by the USC Dornsife School of International Relations. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Royal Subject to Citizen

September 26, 2013

U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia James B. Smith witnessed firsthand the changes that took place in his region as the Arab Spring movement gained traction in 2010 and spread throughout the Arab world. These two words emerged as…

USC Dornsife's Laurie Brand (left to right), Fayez Hammad and Sherman Jackson were panelists during the recent discussion, “Outrage in the Middle East: The Video Incident.” Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

Manufactured Outrage

October 15, 2012

Even in the highest levels of United States government, the cause of the demonstrations in the Middle East — and the killing of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya — following the online release of a trailer for a…

Studying in Jordan: Anna Miner

Seeking Peace in the Middle East

July 26, 2012

During her sophomore year in high school, Anna Miner read Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi’s autobiography and became fascinated with the complexities of Middle Eastern and South Asian states. “Before…

Graffiti from the back of the Mugamma' — a huge government building on Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt. The Arabic on the wall remembers Khaled Sa'id, a young man beaten to death by the police in Alexandria, Egypt, and whose death served to mobilize many of those who joined the demonstrations throughout the country in January 2011. Photo by Laurie Brand.

Laurie Brand Selected as Bellagio Center Resident

April 17, 2012

Laurie Brand, Robert Grandford Wright Professor and professor of international relations in USC Dornsife, has won a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center residency award to finish her project, Restor(y)ing the State: National…

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC 2011

Politics, Punk Rock and The Lie

May 2, 2011

The 16th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books took place at USC this past weekend with readers of all ages meandering around University Park Campus learning about children’s literature from Hugo and the Really,…