Students Talk Back: The Crisis in Ukraine: Is US/European Diplomacy Enough?
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Russian troops have crossed the Ukrainian border in the small region of Crimea. While the Ukrainian military braces itself for war, the international community is looking to the United States and Europe to ease tensions between Ukraine and Russia, and between Russia and the West. A panel of professionals and USC student leaders discussed how and to what extent the United States, United Nations, and global community will get involved to defuse tension between these two Eastern countries. Panelists included: Rod Pacheco, Partner, SNR Denton, Paul Feldman, Assistant Foreign Affairs Editor, Los Angeles Times, Jessica Blakey, USC Undergraduate Student, Global Health and International Relations Major, and Shikhar Gupta, USC Undergraduate Student, International Relations Major.
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Roundtable Discussion: The State of California
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
California’s deadline to declare political candidacy rapidly approaching, 2014 is shaping up to be a riveting year for the state’s electoral politics. From congressional and statewide elections to intriguing local ones, the upcoming election will undoubtedly be one to keep a close eye on. The Unruh institute was joined by two veterans of the campaign trail, former State Senator Tony Strickland and former Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, as they discussed the state’s 2014 midterm elections.
2014 Joseph R. Cerrell Seminar in Political Leadership
Thursday, February 27 - Saturday, March 1
As part of the annual Joseph R. Cerrell Seminar in Political Leadership, 28 hand-selected USC student leaders traveled to Sacramento with Unruh Institute Staff. In Sacramento, students had the opportunity to meet the executive and legislative leaders who shape the laws and policies of the state. Scheduled events included discussions with legislators, lobbyists, campaign strategists, journalists, Capitol staff and representatives of the Brown Administration. This year's guest list included Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Evan Westrup, Press Secretary to Governor Jerry Brown, and Donna Lucas, CEO and President of Lucas Public Affairs. In addition to formally structured events, students had the opportunity to meet and network with political, policy and government experts throughout their time in Sacramento.