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Even once they arrive on European soil, the journey is not over for these exhausted refugees.

USC Dornsife experts analyze Europe’s refugee crisis: Part 3

December 11, 2015

Record numbers of refugees continue to make their way from the Middle East — and particularly war-torn Syria — to Europe. As the situation escalates and winter approaches, USC Dornsife experts Laurie Brand, Robert…

Tens of thousands of refugees, many from war-torn Syria, are living in refugee camps after fleeing violence and oppression in their homeland.

USC Dornsife experts analyze Europe’s refugee crisis: Part 2

December 10, 2015

More than 710,000 people fleeing war and poverty have entered the European Union in the first nine months of this year — more than double the number in all of 2014, according to EU border agency Frontex. The majority are…

Desperate to escape their war-torn country, Syrian refugees are prepared to risk their own lives and those of their children by crossing the Mediterranean Sea to what they hope will be safety and a better life in Europe.

USC Dornsife experts analyze Europe’s refugee crisis: Part 1

December 8, 2015

A five-minute taxi ride from the center of Calais, past the neat, white houses and manicured gardens of this northern French port city, lies a sprawling, makeshift refugee camp that media and politicians have dubbed the…

<em>The Cat and the Coup</em>, a documentary video game in which gamers play the role of the cat of the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran, exemplifies the relationship between Iranian culture and politics. Illustration by Kurosh ValaNejad.

New Horizons

April 16, 2015

Neda Maghbouleh began her presentation at the inaugural USC Dornsife-Farhang Foundation Iranian Studies Initiative Conference quoting an interview she had conducted with an Iranian American teenager named Soraya. “I…

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…

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,…

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…

The Middle East: Choose Your Lens

The Middle East: Choose Your Lens

April 25, 2012

The Middle East cuts a wide swath: it contains a number of countries, a multitude of languages, cultures and customs, and thousands of years of history. Interests and conflicts resonate on a global scale, such as the…

Bruce Zuckerman, professor of religion and linguistics, with Dead Sea Scrolls fragments at St. Mark’s Syrian Orthodox Cathedral in Teaneck, N.J. Photo credit Kenneth Zuckerman.

Let There Be Light

June 24, 2010

We all know what New Jersey is famous for. The birthplace of Ol' Blue Eyes? Where Thomas Edison invented the light bulb? Heaven help us, Jersey Shore? Fuggedaboutit! The Garden State is home to one of the greatest…

Lynn Swartz Dodd, curator of USC College's Archaeology Research Center, adjusts a bronze-gold figurine to be X-rayed at Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago during her and her students' first visit in July 2009. Dodd has been awarded a second grant to use the country's most powerful X-ray. Photo credit Elizabeth Friedman.

Beaming with Joy

January 29, 2010

For the second consecutive year, archaeologist Lynn Swartz Dodd of USC College has won "beam time," enabling her and her students to conduct research on ancient artifacts using the nation's most powerful X-ray. "The items…