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January 2011


Pat James 

Professor James to Receive the Susan S. Northcutt Award

January 13, 2011

The executive board of the Women’s Caucus for International Studies has voted to award the 2011 Susan S. Northcutt Award to Professor Patrick James of the University of Southern California. The committee received thirty-eight letters of support from women and minority members. The Susan S. Northcutt Award was established in 2003 by the Women's Caucus for International Studies (WCIS) to honor the Caucus' founder, Susan S. Northcutt. The award recognizes a person who actively works toward recruiting and advancing women and other minorities in the profession, and whose spirit is inclusive, generous and conscientious. Furthermore, the recipient has made significant contributions through service and competence in the profession of international studies and to the International Studies Association. The award is made annually on the basis of nominations by member(s) of the ISA and selection by the Executive Committee of WCIS. The award will be presented formally in Montreal at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association (ISA).

Ann Tickner

Professor Lowenthal Publishes a New Book

January 10, 2011

In early 2009, at the start of a new administration in Washington, the Brookings Institution Press published The Obama Administration and the Americas: Agenda for Change, offering a roadmap for a fresh approach to U.S. relations with its neighbors. Now, at the midway point of that presidential administration, the editors of that insightful volume follow up with Shifting the Balance: Obama and the Americas, an authoritative and critical look at what President Obama and his team have done in regard to Latin America and the Caribbean, how they have been received in the region, and what steps should be taken in the future. This is the English version of Obama y las Américas: Esperanza o Decepción? available from Planeta.

Ann Tickner  

Professor Tickner Honored at University of London

January 5, 2011

Former student at Westfield College, which was part of the University of London, and now world leading authority and teacher of International Relations, Professor J Ann Tickner was the keynote speaker at the launch of the new School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary College last October. Her lecture was entitled "Dealing with Difference: Problems and Possibilities for Dialogue in International Relations." The School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary (with which Westfield was merged) recognized  Professor Tickner’s "singular contribution and past association with Westfield/Queen Mary" by launching the J. Ann Tickner Prize which will be given annually to the most outstanding Master’s Dissertation in International Relations. Professor Tickner notes, "I was deeply honored to receive this award from my alma mater. My host for the event was Patricia Williams, a faculty member at Queen Mary and former postdoctoral fellow at our Center for International Sudies (USC). I was very touched that several of her students told me that my writings had inspired them to work on women's issues. The award means a great deal to me personally; my mother attended Westfield and two of my friends from college days were able to attend the event."


Emeritus Professor Berton Awarded a Japanese Government Medal

November 11, 2010

On November 3 (Japan Standard Time), the Government of Japan announced the recipients of its Fall 2010 Decorations. From Los Angeles Consulate General jurisdiction, Dr. Peter Berton, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of International Relations, University of Southern California was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Ray with Neck Ribbon. Click here for the full story.




Dennis Mulhaupt (BA 1977) was named the Chair of Radio Free Europe's corporate board in October. Read the press release here.

Walter Ladwig (BA Econ and SIR 1998) was interviewed in a Reuters article about the Indian Army’s Cold Start strategy and American analysis of Indian military preparedness made public as part of the wikileaks release. He is currently a South Asia secruity affairs expert at Oxford University where he is nearing completion of his Ph.D.

Brett Crosby (BA 1995) Margo Reid Brown (BA 1985) are featured in the Fall 2010/Winter 2011 USC College Magazine. Read Brett's article here, and Margo's article here.

Guy Ziv (MA 1996) is now an Assistant Professor at American University's School of International Service, where he teaches courses on U.S. foreign policy, world politics, and the Middle East.

Ian Forsyth (SIR PhD 2010) co-authored a paper with Brad Kaplan, which was presented at the Symposium on Northeast Asian Security in Shanghai on September 25-26, 2010. It was co-hosted by Tonji University and the American Consulate Shanhai. The paper was entitled, Cooperative Security and Common Security: Beyond Goepolitics.

Caitlin Ross (BA 2008) is part of the Kiva Fellows Program for Kiva Microfunds, the microfinance nonprofit in San Francisco. She'll be going to Kigali, Rwanda for a period of about 7 months to work with one of Kiva's partners there. She will be serving as a sort of Kiva consultant; teaching the partner how to properly follow Kiva's protocol. She will travel all around Rwanda to interview Kiva borrowers, to get their stories to put on the Kiva website, so that lenders will help their cause. She will also be working with a social performance monitoring company called CERISE; she will work with their partner in the Congo (the Congolese representatives will meet with her in Gisenyi, not the DRC) to measure the social impact of the loans made in the area through Kiva.

Tamera (Crites) Shanker (BA 1984) went on to obtain her law degree at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. (JD 1994) after working for Citibank International; and as a contractor with the Port of San Francisco Sister-City Program. Seven years ago she and her partner founded The Shanker Law Firm, PLC in Arizona, where she functions as the Managing Attorney. The Shanker Law Firm is a private boutique law firm that champions public interest concerns. Tamera is also serving her second term as a Judge Pro Tem for the Maricopa County Superior Court on both the civil and criminal benches. Tamera volunteers her time to serve on the Executive Board and chairs the scholarship program for the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation (AFFCF) founded in 1983. AFFCF is a nonprofit entity that strives to meet the unmet needs of Arizona’s foster children. She is in her 16th year of service to the Foundation. Tamera may not be on the “international” circuit, per se, but her IR degree serves her well when dealing with the disparate needs and concerns of a diverse population.

Thomas G. Mahnken (BA 1987) was recently named the Jerome Levy Chair of Economic Geography and National Security at the U.S. Naval War College. He also edits The Journal of Strategic Studies.  His book, Technology and the American Way of War Since 1945, was recently released in paperback by Columbia University Press.

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