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Alumna Stephanie Erwin was a helicopter pilot for the U.S. Navy for nearly 11 years after participating in the Navy Reserve Officers’ Training Corp (NROTC) at USC Dornsife. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Erwin.

Soaring to New Heights

December 8, 2014

Before her sophomore year, Stephanie Erwin, signed a contract committing to Navy Reserve Officers’ Training Corp (NROTC), an intense military preparation program requiring post-graduation service. One month later was…

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…

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…

Digging for Peace in the Middle East

Digging for Peace in the Middle East

May 1, 2008

Israelis and Palestinians may not be able to agree right now on their present or future, but if a pair of Los Angeles archaeologists have their way, they soon will see eye to eye on their past. Working tirelessly for the past…

Grappling With International Relations

Grappling With International Relations

June 1, 2007

In April, 56 students from the USC Teaching International Relations Program (TIRP) woke up early to spend a Saturday leading discussions on Iran and how to build stability in the Middle East. Nearly 200 high school students…

Conversation With Timur Kuran

Conversation With Timur Kuran

December 18, 2006

Timur Kuran is a professor of economics and law in USC College and the King Faisal Professor of Islamic Thought and Culture. More than 20 years ago, he wrote an influential paper explaining how the long history of Islam…