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A sign made of a photo composite of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Adolf Hitler looms over protesters gathered in Vienna's main square in March 2014 to protest Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. Photo by Ben Stevens.

International symposium examines crisis in Central Europe, launches new major

April 12, 2016

The Cold War may be over, but Central Europe, now one of the world’s most strategically important and dynamic regions, today represents a precarious bridge between the West and an increasingly aggressive…

Arthur "Rodger" Swearingen, pictured here in the 1980s, founded and directed the USC Research Institute on Communist Strategy and Propaganda. Photo courtesy of USC University Archives.

In Memoriam: Arthur ‘Rodger’ Swearingen, 92

March 16, 2016

Professor Emeritus of International Relations Arthur “Rodger” Swearingen, who founded a USC institute devoted to research on communist strategy and propaganda and brought his expertise on communism to national…

This summer, two international relations majors at USC Dornsife got an opportunity to learn how to use the big data and visualization tools employed by the United States military to understand and map terrorist networks.

Students use big data to map terrorist networks

January 5, 2016

In the wake of the recent Paris and San Bernardino attacks, counterintelligence experts have been forced to conclude that the face of terrorism appears to be shifting. Moving away from complex, grandiose plots to blow up…

Photos by Scott Bailey.

Girl Power: Alexis Jones

December 17, 2015

Whether she is navigating the mangroves of Micronesia as a contestant on a reality TV show, or encouraging girls and young women to nurture their self esteem while negotiating the pitfalls, paradoxes and perils of…

Through dispatches from the workforce, graduate school and abroad, a few recent graduates talk about how their experiences after USC have matched up with their expectations.

Game of Life

December 14, 2015

College students hear an awful lot about the “real world.” Relatives, professors, neighbors and even well-meaning strangers feel compelled to dispense advice about this almost mythical place. For some it can…

Even once they arrive on European soil, the journey is not over for these exhausted refugees.

USC Dornsife experts analyze Europe’s refugee crisis: Part 3

December 11, 2015

Record numbers of refugees continue to make their way from the Middle East — and particularly war-torn Syria — to Europe. As the situation escalates and winter approaches, USC Dornsife experts Laurie Brand, Robert…

Tens of thousands of refugees, many from war-torn Syria, are living in refugee camps after fleeing violence and oppression in their homeland.

USC Dornsife experts analyze Europe’s refugee crisis: Part 2

December 10, 2015

More than 710,000 people fleeing war and poverty have entered the European Union in the first nine months of this year — more than double the number in all of 2014, according to EU border agency Frontex. The majority are…

Desperate to escape their war-torn country, Syrian refugees are prepared to risk their own lives and those of their children by crossing the Mediterranean Sea to what they hope will be safety and a better life in Europe.

USC Dornsife experts analyze Europe’s refugee crisis: Part 1

December 8, 2015

A five-minute taxi ride from the center of Calais, past the neat, white houses and manicured gardens of this northern French port city, lies a sprawling, makeshift refugee camp that media and politicians have dubbed the…

Illustration by Matthew Pla Savino.

Remaining Present

November 16, 2015

I grew up in the 1970s and ’80s, a Hispanic boy living in the shadow of USC. One would think that there could be no greater divide. On my side a poor working-class neighborhood; two blocks away, an enclave of students…

Alumna Anna Walther represents 20,000 California grape pickers in a multimillion dollar wage-theft lawsuit.

Defending the Invisible

October 9, 2015

For years, grape pickers in California’s San Joaquin Valley say they were obliged by their employer to arrive up to 30 minutes before their shift started and work “off the clock.” Now, alumna Anna Walther is…