McKinnon Center for Global Affairs

Events & Announcements

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...

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November 12, 2014

CPD Advisory Board Member

Chair, Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games


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October 5, 2014

Geoff Cowan, Aileen Adams, Sue Toigo and Derek Shearer sponsored a book party today for Evan Osnos’s new book Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China.  


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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....

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September 22, 2014


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

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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....

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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...

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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.


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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...

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