Diplomacy & World Affairs

Events and Announcements

What's happening in the Diplomacy and World Affairs Department? 

November 4, 2014

The Diplomacy and World Affairs Department, with the Young Initiative and the McKinnon Center, invites you to a talk with Charles Call, Associate Professor of International Peace and Conflict Resolution at American University and Senior Advisor for the Bureau of Conflict and Stablilization Operations, US State Department. Dr. Charles “Chuck” Call, an associate professor of International Peace and Conflict Resolution at American University, focuses on post-war peacebuilding, democratization, human rights and policing and justice reform. His publications include articles in Comparative Politics,...

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October 21, 2014

The Diplomacy and World Affairs Department and the Young Initiative sponsored a talk by Malcolm Byrne, director of the National Security Archive. Malcolm Byrne, Deputy Director and Director of Research, has worked at the National Security Archive since 1986, and since 1990 has supervised the research process of identifying and obtaining documentation for the Archive's collections. He currently directs the Openness in Russia and Eastern Europe Project, and the U.S.-Iran Relations Project, both of which promote multinational and...

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October 9, 2014

Moi Enomenga, tribal leader of the Huaroani peoples in the Ecuadorian amazon, visited campus on September 25, 2013 to speak about the current issues facing his peoples' region today. Enomenga was visiting the United States as part of a trip to appeal to the United Nations to protect the still-uncontacted peoples of the Amazon. Enomenga's region is being developed for oil, and the uncontacted Taromenani people are part of an ongoing tribal conflict that Moi must manage along with the larger politics of the region. Read the article by the Occidental Weekly here. 

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October 8, 2014


Jason Wright - Justice on Trial: Shedding Light on the Dark Side of the War on Terror from Occidental CDLR on Vimeo.

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A discussion on Wright's career as an international lawyer for Guantanamo detainees Khalid Sheikh Muhamad and Obaidullah.


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September 2, 2014

The Diplomacy and World Affairs Department is excited to welcome Octavio Herrera and Grace Kim to DWA 151: Entrepreneurial Leadership. These two successful, but very different entrepreneurs, will speak about their journey and what it took to get there.


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March 6, 2014

Professor Jeff Wasserstrom, from UC Irvine,  is  a modern Chinese social and cultural historian, with a strong interest in connecting China's past to its present and placing both into comparative and global perspective. He has taught and written about subjects ranging from gender to revolution, human rights to urban change. Both his first book, ...

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November 14, 2013

Politics, Diplomacy and World Affairs, and the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs presents this Brown Bag Series. Stephen Kinzer will discuss his new book The Brothers, about John Foster Dulles and Allen Dulles and their role in shaping and perpetuating the diplomatic stance of America as "good guys vs. bad."

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September 11, 2013

During his 38-year-career in Canada's public service, Bob Fowler was the foreign policy advisor to Prime Ministers Trudeau, Turner, and Mulroney; the Deputy Minister of National Defense, Canada's longest-serving ambassador to the UN, the ambassador to Italy, sherpa for the Kananaskis G8 Summit, and the personal representative for Africa of Prime Ministers Chretien, Martin, and Harper. He is now a senior fellow at the University of Ottawa's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Ambassador Fowler spoke at Oxy today about his experience as a 2008 hostage of Al Qaeda.

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June 14, 2013

First, congratulations to sixty-six graduating Diplomacy & World Affairs majors. A record number, but quantity did not detract from quality -- this year’s graduates are as strong as any in memory as witnessed by their top-flight Comprehensive projects (currently displayed on posters in the library). Spring semester was marked not just by Comps, but also by visits from some great speakers. Peter Eigen (Transparency International), Peggy Liu (JUCCCE), Banning Garrett (author of Alternative Worlds, which he helped compile for the National Intelligence Council), Cameron Munter (former ambassador to Pakistan and prominent drone strike critic), and Jason Wright (lawyer to Khalid Shaikh Muhammed and other Guantanamo detainees) are among those who gave insider perspectives on the globe’s most serious and controversial issues. A week-long visit to campus by visiting China scholars James and Deborah Fallows gave time for James’ talk on...

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May 20, 2013

DWA congratulates the 2012-13 awards recipients!

Young Award for Highest Student Achievement Among DWA Seniors
Megan Lang
Young Award for Best Senior Comprehensive Thesis
Sunil Damle
DWA/Office of Global Affairs Award for Highest Achievement in Independent Research
Jessie Durrett
Young Award for Highest Student Achievement Among Returning DWA Major
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