The Center for Latin American Studies and the Asian Studies Center in conjunction with Renmin University of China organized a conference on the changing relations between China, United States and Latin America, held in Beijing, October 20-21, 2016. UCIS director, Ariel Armony, delivered the keynote address: Key Trends in Latin America and What They Mean for China.  Learn More >
International alumnus Ohjoon Kwon (ENGG 85) received The Korea Society’s James A. Van Fleet Award at a ceremony in New York on May 18, 2016. The award recognizes his outstanding contributions to promote friendly relations between the United States and Korea. Mr. Kwon is Chairman and CEO of Korea-based POSCO, a multinational steel-making company.  Learn More >
Long-term Associate Director of UCIS, John "Tom" McKechnie, died on July 6, 2016. He was 74. Tom joined UCIS in July 1981 under the directorship of Burkhart Holzner. He stepped down and returned to the Political Science department in September 1996. Learn More >
Assistant Professor Jennifer Murtazashvili from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs has been elected to the Executive Board of the Central Eurasian Studies Society. Murtazashvili, who is also an affiliated faculty member of Pitt’s Center for Russian and East European Studies, will assume her tenure as of the CEES annual conference in November 2016.  Learn More >
In a record for the University, nine students have been awarded Critical Language Scholarships to study a critical language in countries as diverse as Tajikistan and Tanzania during summer 2016. The program, offered by the US Department of State, funds cultural immersion and language mastery while each student builds relationships with people in another country. Learn More >
Political Science Professor Ron Linden has received a Fulbright Fellowship under the Fulbright-Schuman Program for Europe and has been designated a DAAD/AICGS Fellow by the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies. He will spend the 2017 spring semester in Italy and Belgium. Learn More >
On the day that a US president visits Argentina for the first time in 11 years, Ariel Armony writes that President Obama could order a broader declassification of documents from the “dirty war” period. This would demonstrate support for the principle of accountability, one of the pillars of US democracy.  Learn More >
Alumna of the Center for Latin American Studies, N. Catherine Bazán-Arias, honored with the 2015 Engineer of the Year Award from the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania. She will receive her award at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Pittsburgh on February 18, 2016.  Learn More >
Pitt emergency medicine associate professor, John Mahoney, MD, is honored with the Sheth Distinguished Faculty Award for International Achievement, and Willys de Andrade Santos, (GSPIA, 2006), to receive the Sheth International Young Alumni Achievement award.  The Sheth International Achievement awards reception will be held on March 15, 2016 at 4:30 pm in the William Pitt Union. Learn More >
Scott Morgenstern, director of the Center for Latin American Studies, was interviewed and quoted in an article on the US elections by Argentina's Infobae América. Learn More >