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.

Financial Statecraft and Ascendant Powers: Latin America and Asia after the 2008-10 Global Financial Crisis

August 2012

School of International Relations Professors Saori N. Katada and Carol Wise along with Portland Sate University Professor Leslie Elliott Armijo have won a Mellon-LASA (Latin American Studies Association) Grant for 2011-2012. The project is entitled "Financial Statecraft and Ascendant Powers: Latin America and Asia after the 2008-10 Global Financial Crisis."

The project will comission papers that will be presented in a workshop at the Center for International Studies at USC in November of 2011. Final versions of the best papers will be proposed for a panel at the LASA Congress in San Francisco in March 2012. In addition, they are envisioning an edited book or special journal edition for publication of the resulting papers. You can view their proposal here.

The Political Economy of the Pacific Rim

August 2010
Professors Carol Wise and Saori Katada, working with College and USC Marshall School of Business faculty, spearheaded a project called "The Political Economy of the Pacific Rim," that has received a three-year grant through the inaugural USC Research Collaboration Fund for Pacific Rim studies. Seeking to position USC at the forefront of Pacific Rim studies in the next decade, the project includes on-campus speakers and events focused on the Pacific Rim economy; a series of seminars involving faculty and students at all levels, and an annual conference. For more information read the article here.

Engaging Intensely Adversarial States: The Strategic Limits and Potential of Public Diplomacy in U.S. National Security Policy

The National Science Foundation has awarded a two-year grant to USC for support of a project on "Engaging Intensely Adversarial States: The Strategic Limits and Potential of Public Diplomacy in U.S. National Security Policy." The project will be led by Dr. Geoffrey Wiseman of the USC College's School of International Relations, a member of the USC Center for International Studies (CIS) and a fellow of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School. This cross-disciplinary project will involve experts from USC and a number of scholarly institutions around the country. The grant will be housed at CIS. Wiseman, co-editor with Paul Sharp of an edited volume on The Diplomatic Corps as an Institution of International Society (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) and author of Concepts of Non Provocative Defense: Ideas and Practices in International Security (Palgrave Macmillan, 2002), has served as Principal Officer in the Strategic Planning Unit of the Executive Office of the U.N. Secretary-General. He has written recently on "diplomatic culture" and on U.S. policy debates about diplomatic engagement of enemy states.
USC Center on Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School
Geoffrey Wiseman
The National Science Foundation

NEH Fellowship: Fragmented Regionalism

Saori Katada, associate professor of international relations at USC College, has been awarded a competitive National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship.

Katada’s Advanced Social Science Research on Japan Fellowship will help her to complete her book, Fragmented Regionalism, the first in-depth study of Japan’s emerging economic strategy to rely less on the U.S. dollar and more on regional partnerships in East Asia.

Economic Negotiation Network

ENNProfessor John Odell maintains the Economic Negotiation Network. At this site you can learn what is being published today and what new research is underway. The distinctive focus is on the process of international negotiation—meaning things negotiators and mediators do--on economic or environmental issues. The publications listed here all touch on this process, even when it is not the primary subject. Publications that say nothing explicitly about the process of international negotiation will not generally be found here. This site does not attempt to report on all publications that could be related--such as proposals for negotiations; technical work on the issues, relevant markets, and laws; international institutions in which negotiations take place; and the natures of participating states. This site represents an informal network of scholars, officials, and others who share an interest in explaining, generalizing about, and improving negotiations concerning international trade, finance, investment, migration, or the environment. Most members share a common interest in research that is theoretically guided and that will improve empirically-grounded theory. They are also interested in using theory to improve practice, and they are not partisans of any single perspective—theoretical, methodological, political, or national. All members engage in research on related subjects as well, and you can learn about their other work from links to their home pages in many cases. The purposes of this virtual network are to provide information about new projects and publications on this important subject, and over the medium term to foster greater integration of knowledge, possibly including more collaborations across national and disciplinary boundaries.

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