McKinnon Center for Global Affairs

Events & Announcements

Craft of Diplomacy Conference - Feb 6 & 7

November 20, 2014

Strobe Talbott: Vladimir Putin vs the 21st Century: How the Last Month Has Made Global Governance Harder from Occidental CDLR on Vimeo.

The McKinnon Center presents a talk by Strobe Talbott president of the Brookings Institution presented by The McKinnon Center for Global Affairs and the Young Initiative on the Global Economy.

Mr. Talbott entered government service after 21 years with Time magazine. As a reporter, he covered Eastern Europe, the State Department and the White House, then was Washington bureau chief, editor-at-large and foreign affairs columnist. He was...

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November 18, 2014

Nicholas Cull, Professor of Public Diplomacy and Director of the Master’s Program in Public Diplomacy at USC, spoke at the McKinnon Center today. His research and teaching interests are inter-disciplinary, and focus on the role of public engagement in foreign policy. He is the author of The Cold War and the United States Information Agency: American Propaganda and Public Diplomacy, 1945-1989 (Cambridge, 2008) and The Decline and Fall of the United States Information Agency: American Public Diplomacy, 1989-2001 (Palgrave, 2001). His first book was Selling War (Oxford, 1995), a study of British information work in the United States before Pearl Harbor. He has published numerous articles on the theme of public diplomacy and media history.


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November 12, 2014

CPD Advisory Board Member

Chair, Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games

Barry A. Sanders is author of the recently released book, American Avatar: the United States in the Global Imagination (Potomac Books, 2011) ( He is an adjunct professor in the Communications Studies Department at UCLA. He teaches courses entitled “The Images of America around the World,” “Public Diplomacy,” and “Architecture as Non-Verbal Communication.” He is also President of the Board of Commissioners of the Recreation and Parks Department of the City of Los Angeles, Chairman of the Los Angeles Parks Foundation and a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Sanders is an international corporate lawyer. He recently retired from the partnership at the global law firm of...

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October 2, 2014

Chris O’Connor has been the British Consul General in Los Angeles since August 2013. He represents the UK government in Southern California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Hawaii. He promotes trade and investment, scientific cooperation, creative and media collaborations and educational partnerships between the UK and the southwestern United States. He also oversees delivery of essential consular services to a 600,000-strong British resident community and British visitors numbering over a million per year.

Prior to his current role, Chris was UK Ambassador to Tunisia from 2008-2013. He has worked in British embassies in Cairo, Riyadh and Beirut as well as the British High Commission in Ottawa and the UK Delegation to NATO. He was head of the...

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September 22, 2014

Adam Hochschild - The War Within the War from Occidental CDLR on Vimeo.

Password to view is "agora"

If there were a single event of the 20th century that we could magically undo, would it not be the war of 1914-1918? So much happened as a direct result: some 20 million deaths, the rise of Nazism, the Russian Revolution, and another world war that was even more destructive. "To End All Wars" takes a fresh look at this tragic conflict—and at those who refused to fight in it.

Adam Hochschild's first book, "Half the Way Home: A Memoir of Father and Son," was published in 1986. Michiko...

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September 18, 2014

Karen Lanyon, the Australian Consul-General, visited the McKinnon Center today to speak to Professor Derek Shearer's class on Sports and Diplomacy. Karen Lanyon commenced as Australian Consul-General in Los Angeles in July 2012.

Ms Lanyon is a senior career officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with extensive experience in the Department, including our bilateral relationship with the United States. Prior to her posting to Los Angeles she was based in Sydney as the Department’s State Director and before that she worked in Canberra as Assistant Secretary, Africa Branch and Assistant Secretary, Public Diplomacy Branch with oversight of the Department's international public affairs and cultural programs.

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September 16, 2014

Leon took up the role of New Zealand Consul General Los Angeles in June 2012. His

career in the private sector as a business owner and entrepreneur was interrupted in

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September 11, 2014

Throughout his career, Geoffrey Cowan has been an important force across a spectrum of communication and public policy arenas - as a lawyer, academic administrator, government official, best-selling author, distinguished professor, playwright, and Emmy Award-winning producer.

In 2010, the trustees of The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands appointed Cowan to serve as the first president of the Trust. He will carry on the Annenberg legacy by developing Sunnylands into a world-class venue for important retreats for top government officials and leaders in the fields of law, education, philanthropy, the arts, culture, science and medicine.

From 1996-2007, he served as dean of the University of Southern California's...

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September 9, 2014

Ambassador Rudi Veestraeten, the Consul General of Belgium in Los Angeles, visited the McKinnon Center today to visit Professor Derek Shearer's class on Sports and Diplomacy. 

Mr. Veestraeten started his diplomatic career in January 1987. He held functions in Niamey (Niger), Sofia (Bulgaria), Bangkok (Thailand), Nairobi (Kenya), Brussels, Washington, D.C. and again Brussels before his assignment as Ambassador in Bangkok (Thailand).

Currently, Mr. Veestraeten is Consul General in Los Angeles covering 13 states of the West. His focus is economic and cinematographic diplomacy.
Mr. Veestraeten is married with Mrs. Mireille Swinnen since 1987, and together they have two daughters, Sara (born in 1989) and Eva (born in 1991), both currently living...

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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, Student Protests in Twentieth-Century China: The View from Shanghai (Stanford, 1991), and one of his more recent ones, Global Shanghai, 1850-2010 (Routledge, 2009), have focused on China's largest metropolis. And many of his publications, including...

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