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Brittany Berns (left) and her colleague Sabi Yoto, a fellow teacher at Toucountouna's secondary school. Berns taught English and helped to expand a school as a Peace Corps volunteer in Toucountouna from 2010 to 2012. Photo courtesy of Brittany Berns.

A Rising Star

December 6, 2012

At 6 a.m., Brittany Berns would awake to the sound of her neighbors’ breakfast pans clacking. Nearby, roosters crowed and pigs snorted. After grabbing a bite of rice and beans, Berns would pull a bucket of water from…

Robert English, the new director of USC Dornsife’s School of International Relations, has tales to tell about his overseas exploits. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Front-row Seat to the World

November 8, 2012

There’s no learning experience quite like getting out of the classroom — especially when the focus is on global politics. For Robert English, incoming director of USC Dornsife’s School of International…

Mai’a Davis Cross, assistant professor of international relations in USC Dornsife, participated in a recent international symposium in Paris hosted by the German Marshall Fund and SciencesPo, the Paris Institute of Political Studies. Photo by Steve Cohn.

Europe Eyes U.S. Election

October 30, 2012

As Nov. 6 draws nearer, more than just Americans are paying close attention to the presidential race. In Europe, scholars are following the campaign with keen interest, curious how the next president’s administration…

Johnny Strange

High Priorities

October 30, 2012

Johnny Strange’s life is anything but ordinary. At the tender age of 17, when most high school juniors are busy preparing for their SATs, Strange was embarking on a journey to climb the world’s highest…

This street art located near Callejón de Hamel in Havana is part of the photographer/graffiti artist known as JR’s "Wrinkles in Time" project featuring images of elders from the region. In Cuba, there is a disproportionate amount of elderly as a result of migration and low birth rates. Photo by Karen Graciela Calderon.

Contradicting Cuba

September 25, 2012

In a joint effort between USC Dornsife and the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, 20 USC students traveled to Havana, Cuba, this summer for a 10-day study of the island’s political, economic and…

Baroness Shirley Williams of Crosby, who spoke at USC, was one of the “Gang of Four” who in 1981 founded the United Kingdom’s Social Democratic Party. She was recently honored as the Emory Bogardus Distinguished Lecturer in the Social Sciences in USC Dornsife. Photo by Mikel Healey.

Bold as Ever

September 14, 2012

Baroness Shirley Williams of Crosby believes a constant lackadaisical voter turnout is responsible for the dearth of governmental policy changes that would improve the quality of life in key areas such as health care and the…

During his research trip, USC Dornsife undergraduate Reid Lidow enjoys a weekend excursion to Bagan in Upper Burma. The city's prosperous economy built over 10,000 temples between the 11th and 13th centuries. Photo courtesy of Reid Lidow.

Exceeding Expectations

September 4, 2012

Reid Lidow, a junior political science and international relations major in USC Dornsife, had just arrived in Burma. Raindrops were creating quite a cacophony as they pelted the tin rooftop overhead. He was starting to get…

Problems Without Passports: Politics and Security in the Arctic

North Pole Politics

August 31, 2012

The Arctic is the land of the midnight sun, ice-covered ocean and permafrost. Here, at the tippy top of the northern hemisphere, is a remote and beautiful landscape at the heart of a complex situation. As polar ice caps are…

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…

In his new book, <em>Achieving Nuclear Ambitions: Scientists, Politicians, and Proliferation </em> (Cambridge University Press, 2012), Jacques Hymans, associate professor of international relations in USC Dornsife, suggests that repressive, authoritarian regimes often undermine their own nuclear programs with the same heavy-handed management they use to control their countries. Photo courtesy of Jacques Hymans.

Can Iran Achieve Its Nuclear Ambitions?

July 20, 2012

Sanctions, sabotage, diplomacy and even the threat of military action — the United Nations Security Council countries seem to be emptying their toolbox when it comes to containing Iranian nuclear ambitions. But nuclear…