Skip to main content

International Relations News

A determined problem-solver, Michael Bergmann oversaw development of the exceedingly durable compound XDR used in the soles of Nike tennis shoes today. Photos courtesy of Michael Bergmann.

High Performance

December 16, 2014

Throughout his 30-year career with Nike, USC Dornsife alumnus Michael Bergmann recalled how again and again he would be thrown into a situation where he had to think on his feet to solve a problem. In one scenario in 2004, a…

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…

David Kang, whose research defies conventional beliefs about East Asian defense budgets and possible war in the region, has received a three-year grant from the MacArthur Foundation. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Researching the Pacific Rim

November 13, 2014

With headlines screaming “China, U.S. Moving Closer to Viewing War as Inevitable,” and “China Thinks it Can Defeat America in Battle,” you’d think a war with China was imminent. But USC…

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…

USC Dornsife’s Brian Rathbun of international relations has put the study of diplomacy on the map with his new book, <em>Diplomacy’s Value: Creating Security in 1920s Europe and the Contemporary Middle East</em>, published by Cornell University Press. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Diplomatic Chess Game

November 6, 2014

The brutal murders of journalists and aid workers by terrorist organizations such al Qaeda and ISIS have thrust the issue of negotiation into the spotlight. With the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria — ISIS…

Undergraduates in USC Dornsife’s “Immigration in Spain” course visit the Primate Cathedral of Saint Mary of Toledo in Toledo, Spain. It is one of three 13th-century High Gothic cathedrals in Spain. Photo by Engie Salama.

A Wish Granted

October 22, 2014

Bonfires flickered like candlelights dotting the Spanish shores of Malvarrosa Beach. Thousands of Valencians were gathered at the beach to celebrate La Noche de San Juan, the night welcoming the summer season. Just a few days…

Two children carry containers filled with water in Northern Uganda. Drinking unclean water can lead to many diseases. More than 3.4 million people die each year from water, sanitation and hygiene-related causes. Photos by Justin Arana.

My Name Is Water

October 16, 2014

Justin Arana was traveling the world on a spiritual quest to find himself. The journey was spurred by his grandfather, who had asked if Arana would be happy with the worth of his life if he died the next day. It was 2008,…

Ilana (Tess Lina) meets brilliant but awkward student Suresh (Kapil Talwalkar) in <em>Animals Out of Paper</em>. Photo by Michael Lamont/East West Players.

Socially Conscious Actor

October 8, 2014

Any actor still in college would be thrilled to land a leading role in a big-city Equity production, sharing the stage with only two other actors, both of whom have lengthy stage and screen credits. And then to have the Los…

Alumnus Caleb Farro shows his Trojan pride while skiing Mount Cook in New Zealand. Photos courtesy of Caleb Farro.

Alumnus Goes Pro

August 22, 2014

While an undergraduate at USC Dornsife, Caleb Farro and the rest of the USC Ski and Snowboard Team would head to Mammoth Mountain each weekend and make videos of their ski trips. He could not have imagined these escapades…

During a Problems Without Passports trip to Washington, D.C., to gain insights about the nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction, students visited the White House. From left, Aaron Rifkind, Emily Kennelly, Kayla Foster, Wayne Glass, Kshitij Kumar, Laura Holgate, Kayleigh Axtell, Adela Jones, John Caton and Ian Beck. Photos courtesy of Wayne Glass.

Avoiding Mass Destruction

August 14, 2014

Attending a meeting at the Pentagon, students visited the 9/11 memorial where they stood in reverential silence as they read the names of the fallen. Then, at a Pentagon briefing with cyber security and missile defense…