Diplomacy & World Affairs

Events and Announcements

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

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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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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September 3, 2012

This has been a remarkable year for DWA. Most exciting are DWA’s two new hires, Assistant Professor Huss Banai and Young Chair Sanjeev Khagram, as well as our new director of our U.N. Program, Doug Gardner. Perhaps less exciting in the short term, but promising great things for the future, is this year’s renovation of Johnson Hall. Johnson will reopen in 2013 with a dramatic new layout that is meant to mark Occidental’s commitment to global studies. That commitment is given its most tangible expression in how DWA students study and research around the world, and how as alumni many of have gone on (and will go on!) to work...

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August 13, 2012

Sanjeev Khagram, who will assume the position of the John Parke Young Chair in Global Political Economy in the department of diplomacy and world affairs, is currently associate professor of international studies and public affairs at the University of Washington.

He received his B.A.(developmental studies/engineering, 1999), M.A. (economics and policy, 1992) and Ph.D. (political science,1990) at StanfordUniversity, where he subsequentlytaught. From 2008-2010, he was the Wyss Visiting Professor at Harvard Business School. From 2004-2005, he served as acting dean of the Desmond Tutu Peace Center, Trust, and Foundation.

August 13, 2012

Hussein Banai will be joining the faculty at Oxy in the fall of 2012 as assistant professor in the Department of Diplomacy and World Affairs.

Currently, he is a research affiliate at the Center for International Studies, MIT, and a visiting scholar at the Political Theory Project at Brown University. He earned his doctorate in Political Science from Brown University in 2011, his MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2005, and his BA (with Honors) from York University in 2003. His research interests lie at the intersection of international relations and political theory with special focus on democratic politics in the modern Middle East. He is a co-author of a forthcoming book on US-Iran relations entitled Becoming Enemies: U.S.-Iran Relations During the Iran-Iraq War, 1980-1988 (Rowman & Littlefield) and has published on topics in diplomacy, democratic theory, and contemporary Iranian politics.