Current Research Projects and Programs

Peace and Conflict Speaker Series

An annual speaker series in which a leading thinker or practitioner in the area of international peace and conflict gives a lecture at USC.

  • 2014 American Diplomacy and Conflict in Asia: Lessons and Opportunities

Ambassador B. Lynn Pascoe. Pascoe served as Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations in the Department of Political Affairs from 2007 to June 2012, where he oversaw the UN's diplomatic efforts to prevent and mitigate conflict around the globe. Pascoe served as US Ambassador to Indonesia (2004 -2007) and to Malaysia (1999-2001.) From 1993 to 1996, he was the director of the American Institute in Taiwan. He has also served in the State Department as: Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the East Asian and Pacific Bureau; Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy in Beijing; and Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs. Other positions include the US Special Negotiator for Nagorno-Karabakh and Regional Conflicts and the US co-chair of the Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

  • 2013 Perspectives on the Role of the UN in Libya

Ian Martin, United Nations Special Representative, Libya. Martin was Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of Mission in Libya until October 2012. Secretary-General of Amnesty International from 1986-1992, Martin has also held many senior positions in the United Nations, was the Vice President of the International Center for Transnational Justice.

J. Ann Tickner Book Prize

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

The Tickner Prize was established in recognition of Professor Tickner’s path-breaking scholarship on gender and feminist International Relations and her tireless commitment to engagement across disciplinary paradigms. The prize seeks to recognize the author of a book that critically engages IR theory, that questions disciplinary assumptions, and that helps build practical knowledge to address pressing issues and contribute to a more just and peaceful world. Professor Emerita J. Ann Tickner is an eminent scholar of International Relations and a distinguished member of the SIR faculty from 1995 – 2011 (and now Distinguished Scholar in Residence at American University)

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.

The first award was announced at the Friends of USC Reception at the 2014 International Studies Association Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada. Fiona Robinson will be giving a lecture at USC in academic year 2014/15, date tba.

Fixing Climate Governance

Professor Emeritus John Odell is working on a series of Policy Briefs on the politics of climate change in his role as Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, Waterloo, Canada.

The International Politics of Sovereign Recognition: The West and Meiji-era Japan

Professor Jacques Hymans is working on Japan's historical role in global politics and the modern state system. He was recently awarded an NEH Fellowship for Advances Social Science Research on Japan for his work on Japan at the end of the 19th century.

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