Welcome to the Keck Center

The Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at Claremont McKenna College supports the study of critical issues in world affairs and actively promotes research into topics arising from the rapidly changing world order.

Giving to The Keck Center

"Embracing the anarchic self-help system: How IR majors can succeed in the first five years post-CMC"

Kate Castenson
CMC '10

Monday, April 28th
Dinner 6:00, Lecture 6:45pm
Freeberg Dining Room, MMCA

Kate Castenson (CMC‘10) will speak about how to seize opportunities in the field of international relations (in both the professional and academic realms) during the first five years after graduating from CMC. Based on her experience working for Human Rights Watch for three years, Kate will discuss the senior year job search, challenges and opportunities of entry-level positions in the field and strategies for success, and things to consider when contemplating pursuing a master’s degree. She will also reflect on how a CMC education is relevant both in the work world and in graduate school. While the talk will be geared towards IR majors, CMC students of all majors and years are welcome to attend.
For more information, click here.

"A New Era for US-European Alliance: Views from Two Ambassadors"

Dr. Volker Stanzel
Visiting Professor, Claremont McKenna College
Former German Ambassador, China and Japan

Dr. Cameron Munter
Professor, Pomona College
Former US Ambassador, Pakistan

Moderator: Minxin Pei
Keck Center, Director

Monday, April 14th
Reception 5:30, Dinner 6:00, Lecture 6:45pm
MMC Athenaeum, CMC

The ongoing crisis in Ukraine has created an unprecedented opportunity in the post-Cold War era to strengthen the strategic relationship between the U.S and Europe. In the last two decades, with the disappearance of a common threat, the trans-Atlantic relationship has experience periods of cooperation as well as discord. Ambassadors Munter and Stanzel, two seasoned and accomplished professional diplomats, will provide two unique and insightful perspectives on the extent of strategic cooperation between the U.S. and Europe.

David E. Sanger

The New York Times

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
Reception 5:30pm
Dinner 6:00pm
Lecture 6:45pm
Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum

David E. Sanger is chief Washington correspondent of The New York Times.  Mr. Sanger has reported from New York, Tokyo and Washington, covering a wide variety of issues surrounding foreign policy, globalization, nuclear proliferation and Asian affairs.  Mr. Sanger has been a member of two Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting teams, covering everything from the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan to North Korea's nuclear weapons program in the 1990s. He continues to cover proliferation issues from Washington. Reservations may be made at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, Claremont McKenna College.

Past Events

Robert Carlin

Center for International Security and Cooperation,

Stanford University
Monday, March 3, 2014
Reception 5:30pm
Dinner 6:00pm
Lecture 6:45

Freeburg Room,
Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum

Bob Carlin served as senior policy advisor at the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization from 2002 - 2006, following over twelve years as chief of the Northeast Asia Division in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research in the U.S. State Department. Within this period, Carlin also served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Special Ambassador to North Korea, taking part in all phases of the US-DPRK negotiations from 1992 - 2000. He will join us in the Athenaeum March 3rd to discuss his experiences. Please RSVP to keckcenter@cmc.edu

APCSS Internship

The Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) is offering an opportunity for students interested in Regional Security Studies to work with faculty on policy relevant research projects, as well as engage in various APCSS departments and program areas. The Keck Center has agreed to nominate two of our best undergrad students for this position. The application deadline is Sunday, December 15th, and is open to all current sophomores and juniors, with preference given to International Relations majors. The Keck Center will only review applications submitted by this deadline for nomination; nominees will be announced Monday, December 23rd.

Please review the program description and APCSS fact sheet for more information.

All application materials should be sent to keckcenter@cmc.edu.

Securing Homeland in Asia

The Keck Center has completed a major study on terrorism and protection of critical infrastructure in Asia. The study covers seven major Asian countries – China, India, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines. Led by Professor and Director Minxin Pei, the research team, which consisted of Shree Pandya (’14), Alexander Pei ’13), and Tim Rotolo (’14) produced a 100-page report that gathers open-source information on terrorist threats, activities, and counter-terrorism efforts in these countries. The project was sponsored by FLIR Systems, a leading hi-tech company based on Oregon. The team went to Hong Kong in May and presented their findings at a workshop held at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on “Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism, and Critical Infrastructure Protection in Asia.”

Please click here to review the report “Securing Homeland in Asia”.

An interview with Evan Osnos:

The Pursuit of Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China

2013-2014 Arthur R. Adams International Fellows June Kim '14 and Christine Wilkes '16 recently sat down with Evan Osnos, a highly acclaimed writer of The New Yorker. Please read a summary of the interview here.

Keck Journal of Foreign Affairs

The Keck Center is proud to present a new form of showcasing student research.

Founded by 2011-2012 Arthur R. Adams International Fellows, Shree Pandya '14 and Kevin Wallentine '12, the Keck Journal of Foreign affairs is a student run website filled with student research and edited by students at Claremont McKenna College. Please take a moment to review the website via the link below:


"Five Myths about China's Power"

Washington Post article
by Professor Pei

click here to review article

click here for Q & A with Professor Pei

Keck Center Speakers: A Series of Conversations

Our Arthur R. Adams Fellows, have provided a valuable collection of articles and reviews on a number of topics, including international economics and market reform, American declinism, political Islam, and the new Middle East. Please take the opportunity to review the articles below.

2011-12 Fellows

Shree Pandya '14 and Kevin Wallentine '12

Dr. Sheri Berman, Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University

Dr. Juliet Johnson, Professor of Political Science at McGill University.

Dr. Melvyn Goldstein
, Professor of Anthropology and Co-Director of the Center for Research on Tibet at Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Joshua Landis, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma

2010-11 Fellows

 Melissa Carlson '13 and Jennifer Good '13

Dr. Stephan Haggard, Director of the Korea- Pacific Program, Co-sponsored with Professor of Govt. MK Kang

Dr. Anders Aslund, Senior Fellow of the Peterson Institute for International Economics

Dr. Pauline Jones Luong, Associate Professor Political Science, Brown University, Co-sponsored with Professor of Govt. Hilary Appel

Dr. Josef Joffe, Marc and Anita Abramowitz Fellow, International Relations, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Dr. Thomas Carothers, Vice President for Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Dr. Francis Fukuyama, SAIS Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow, Johns Hopkins University, Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for Int'l Studies, Stanford University