Welcome to the USC School of International Relations

SIR is part of the Dana and David Dornsife College of  Letters, Arts and Sciences. One of the most popular majors in the College, we currently serve more than 800 undergraduate majors.SIR was founded as an offshoot of the 1922 Pan-American Conference on Education that brought together chancellors and university presidents from 22 countries to discuss the importance of education and to foster international understanding.

Professor Robert English is serving as the 14th the Director of the School of International Relations. 

It is With Great Sadness We Announce the Passing of Prof. Swearingen

Dr. Arthur "Rodger" Swearingen, PhD, Captain, US Army, 1943-46. In 1943, Rodger Swearingen left college after two years to enlist in the US Army as an offices in the intelligence Corps. He attended the Army Intensive Japanese Langauge School as well as the Intelligence Service Language School. He then was assigned as a Prisoner of War Interrogator in the Counter Intelligence Section of G-2 General Headquarters Armed Forces Pacific Theater. He became one of General Douglas MacArthur's top aides. Roder was with MacArthur on the USS Missouri when Japan surrendered in September, 1945. He remained with G-2 in Japan during the Occupation until his discharge in August, 1946, playing a key role in Intelligence and policy matters with staff. Upon his discharge, he was awarded with the Army of Occupation Medal (Japan), Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, American Campaign Medal, and the WWII Victory medal.

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Prof. Geoffrey Wiseman Publishes New Article "Diplomatic practices at the United Nations"

We are pleased to share Prof. Wiseman recently published an article titled "Diplomatic practices at the United Nations".

Click here to read the full length article.

2015 Singapore Maymester Taskforce Report: Beyond the Rebalance

Students from the University of Southern California and Singapore Management University recently completed their task force report titled, " Beyond the Rebalance: Enhancing US Engagement in Southeast Asia".

As a part of the IR 440 course USC and SMU students interviewed experts in DC, LA, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore. The students were able to synthesize and analyze the information they gathered through interviews to create a series of policy recomenddations for the US government.

At the culmination of the course the students presented their recommendations to an audience of alumni, interviewees, and members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore.

To read the taskforce report click here.

Call for Nominations for the J. Ann Tickner Book Prize 2015

SIR Pleased to Announce the Call for Nominations for the J. Ann Tickner Book Prize 2015

The J. Ann Tickner Book Prize honors outstanding new work in the tradition of Tickner’s pioneering scholarship.

Administered biennially by the School of International Relations (SIR) at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, the prize includes a $1,000 award and an invitation to USC to give a formal lecture. Four copies of books to be considered must be sent to the committee by the deadline of August 15th, 2015. Nominations must be in English, and have a copyright date between July 2013 and June 2015.

The winner will be announced in Spring 2016, and the Honoree Lecture will be scheduled for academic year 2016 – 2017.

Please contact Linda Cole for submission address: lcole@usc.edu

SIR Voices

Jeopardy Night

Arranged by the Executive Board of the International Relations Undergraduate Association (IRUA), participating teams included Glimpse from the Globe,  Model United Nations, the Southern California International Review Journal (SCIR), IRUA, and a team of Professors, including professors Peet, Godinez, and Director English. The professors dominated this intense battle of wits, leaving SCIR in second place and the students well aware that they were outmatched—for now.

Celebrating 90 Years: SIR Newsletter

Celebrating 90 years of SIR!The 2014-2015 edition celebrates SIR's rich history and all that we accomplished this past academic year.

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