After midnight on September 13, thousands of Armenians woke up to a nightmare.  Just moments later, hundreds of phones here at the University of Southern California would be buzzing with notifications bearing the news. The nightmare, it seemed, had breached ...

150,000 civilians displaced. Over 200 prisoners of war still held in captivity, subjected to torture and abuse every day. Nearly 4,000 young soldiers dead, and thousands of fresh graves with birth years marked 2000 and above.  This is the reality ...

LOS ANGELES — The death of a ruthless dictator. A landmark presidential decree. A human rights campaign spanning decades. The unwavering persistence of local civil society. An international boycott.  This is what it took to effectively eradicate systematic forced labor ...

LOS ANGELES — Since the 2003 Rose Revolution, Georgia has assumed a role on the global stage as the West’s foothold in the South Caucasus. Former President Mikheil Saakashvili has made significant strides forward in transforming the political landscape of ...

LOS ANGELES — In all its pro-West glory, Georgia — long revered as a “beacon of democracy” in the Caucasus — is now troubled with an alarming trend.  In what can only be characterized as a regression of the significant ...

LOS ANGELES — “Climate change doesn’t care about our politics.” We’ve all heard it before. When political strings are attached to climate negotiations, the environment becomes collateral damage, reduced to little more than a leveraging tool in the greater pursuit ...

LOS ANGELES — Caught between a constant tug-of-war between two of the world’s largest carbon emitters, Central Asia is more consequential in climate discussions now than ever.  Situated between Russia to the North and China to the East, the Central ...

LOS ANGELES — President, and aspiring Sultan, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has single-handedly transformed Turkey into one of the most threatening global forces of the 21st century.  As the Western world was swept up in the chaos of the coronavirus pandemic ...