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The Center for International Studies (CIS)

The Center for International Studies (CIS) at the University of Southern California was originally established as a research unit by the School of International Relations in 1986, to promote advanced research and critical debate of theoretical and policy issues in world affairs.

The Center has since expanded its membership to include faculty in political science, economics, cinema-television, history, sociology, geography, languages, communications, public administration, business, law, and theater.

The Center supports the research of faculty and students; hosts scholars from the United States and abroad; organizes public seminars, workshops and conferences; promotes collaborative research projects; and contributes to public understanding of international affairs.

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