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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. 

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On Saturday, April 2, 2016, USC Institute of Armenian Studies hosted Innovate Armenia, an all-day festival of music, fast-paced talks and exhibitions at the intersection of arts, culture, and technology. SIR Professor and Deputy Director Dr. Robert English discusses the place of the ‘Englishman’ in the global, hybrid, hyphenated identities of the 21st century.

Dr. Robert English speaking at the 2016 Innovate Armenia USC event

Conference: Crisis in Central Europe

Will the Ukraine crisis ease or escalate? Does Russia pose a threat to the Baltic republics and other Central European states? What role is Germany playing in energy deals with Russia and in management of the Syrian refugee crisis? And what long-term impact will that crisis have on Central Europe, and the larger European Union, as the backlash of nationalistic, right-wing movements grows across the European continent?

The USC School of International Relations and the USC Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures hosted a half day symposium on crises in Central Europe and beyond on Friday, April 8 9:45-2:00. This event began with opening remarks by Thomas Seifrid, Chair of Slavic Languages and Literatures and co-director of Central European Studies. The first session was on Russia and East-Central Europe after Ukraine, and featured speakers Joachim Diec from Jagiellonian University in Kraków and Andrei Tsygankov (and SIR alum) from San Francisco State University. It was followed by a session on Refugees, Nationalism, and EU Solidarity , with SIR lecturer Evis Mezini and Andrea Mammone from the University of London. The symposium closed with a final session on Germany, Russia, and the EU: The Politics of Energy and Security by Ina Ruck, Washington DC Correspondent for ARD German Television and SIR professor Robert English, co-director of Central European Studies.

Book Talk with Dr. Abe Lowenthal

SIR was proud to host a book talk with Dr. Abe Lowenthal on Wednesday, April 20th, 2016.

National leaders who played key roles in transitions to democratic governance re-veal how these were accomplished in Brazil, Chile, Ghana, Indonesia, Mexico, the Philippines, Poland, South Africa, and Spain. Commissioned by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), these inter-views shed fascinating light on how repressive regimes were ended and democracy took hold.

The editors’ conclusion distills lessons about how democratic transitions have been and can be carried out in a changing world, emphasizing the importance of political leadership. This unique book should be valuable for political leaders, civil society activists, journalists, scholars, and all who want to support democratic transitions.

DC Alumni Event

The USC School of International Relations was proud to host an alumni event for DC-area grads on Wednesday, March 30th 2016. To learn more, click here.

ISA Reception

On Thursday, March 17th 2016 during the Atlanta ISA convention, the USC School of International Relations hosted its fourth annual reception for Friends of USC. 

Two Day Event with Cofer Black

From Thursday, February 11-Friday, February 12 2016, the USC School of International Relations hosted Ambassador Cofer Black for a two day event. Cofer Black graduated from USC SIR before beginning his career, ultimately serving as the director of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center and being appointed the U.S. Department of State's Ambassador-At-Large for counter-terrorism. This event included a screening of the documentary The Spymasters followed by a Q&A session with Cofer Black, and a discussion the following day.

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