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SIR is part of the Dana and David Dornsife College of  Letters, Arts and Sciences. Once 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 Wayne Sandholtz is currently the Director of the School. 

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.

In 1946, he returned to the University of Southern California to finish his undergraduate degree, and his MA in 1948 in International Relations. He then attended Harvard University, where he had a fellowship at the Russian Research Center earning his PhD in 1950, and where he became friends with another graduate students named Henry Kissinger. He returned to USC SIR in 1954 as an assistant professor, where he created the field of Soviet policy and world communism in the school. He taugh courses and seminars on the subject until his retirement in 1993. During the 1960s, Searingen created and directed the USC Research Institute on Communist Strategy and Propaganda.

Rodger and his wife, Darlene, resided in Newport Beach, where they kept active in their respective fields of international relations and eucation and as members of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church.

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.

Leaders of the World at USC; Future Leaders in USC Classrooms

It's graduation time, and you hear a lot of talk about future leadership: some of the students in SIR classrooms and walking in Commencement this year could be global leaders in several decades. At SIR, it really is the truth: Prime Minister of Japan Shizo Abe took three semesters of classes in International Relations, Political Science, History at USC. Abe was on campus this month, and visited with USC officials and professors, including SIR Professor Saori Katada. Read more about the visit to USC here, and in the LA Times.

Congratulations, Professor Kang!

Congratulations to Professor David Kang! Professor Kang won a prestegious USC Mellon Award for mentoring postdoctoral students. Kang is Director of the Korean Studies Institute, and Professor of International Relations and Business.

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