Director Michael Cuesta brings the fictional hero of Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp novels to the big screen in the new film, American Assassin. The all-star cast includes Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, and Taylor Kitsch as part of a threesome tied together through the specter of betrayal and revenge, set upon a backdrop of international espionage and nuclear threat.
We discuss the level of violence in the film, its portrayal of U.S. black-ops and anti-terrorism efforts, the film’s space within the spy thriller genre, the motivations of the studio, the acting, the gender themes, how millennials may be viewing it, and so much more.
Featuring host Erroll Southers and guests Alessandro Ago, Lt. Col. Olivia Nelson, and David Warshofsky.
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Peter Berg’s The Kingdom is an action procedural which tries also to be a lesson in cross-cultural tolerance. Released in 2007, we wonder if this film makes the same amount of sense after ten years. The film follows an FBI team which travels to infiltrate and find a terrorist cell in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia following an attack killing many American citizens (as well as fellow FBI agent). If art is an imitation of life, have we moved on in the last ten years, or does this remain salient?
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In American Swastika: Inside the White Power Movement’s Hidden Spaces of Hate (2nd edition), Pete Simi and Robert Futrell look at the white power movement. Over 15 years of interviews allow the authors to use real stories to focus on white power families and the different ways the white power movement indoctrinates the next generation of white power warriors.
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The Orange County Register quoted Erroll Southers of the USC Price School about the uptick in hate groups following a presidential election in either party. “When Barack Obama won in 2008, there was an uptick in activity on the right,” Southers said. Membership in anti-government groups jumped more than seven-fold during the first three years…
The narrator of Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist may be unreliable as he tells his American experience before and after 9/11 with an unknown American dinner guest, but we wonder if he is any more unreliable than the voice inside all of us. We discuss the East/West conflict, the relationship between fundamentalism and nostalgia, the narrator’s reluctance and fundamentalism, the narrator’s love of America and Erica, as well as puzzle over the ending as we delve into this deep and short novel.
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The USC Price Athenian Society’s series, When Women Lead focused on women in law enforcement for the March 15, 2017 event. Taking advantage of the fact that Los Angeles County has 7 female police chiefs, The Athenian Society gathered over 350 law enforcement officers from the region to discuss the strong women in our community Breaking Barriers, Building Communities.
The USC Price School of Public Policy offered a timely and insightful discussion on the Paris massacre and its implications for the United States at a Jan. 21 event featuring noted homeland security expert Erroll Southers and Professor Raphael Bostic.
Highlights from the Bedrosian Center on Governance and CREATE Homeland Security Center Price Research Center Collaborative. Watch the full version here.
The Price Research Center Collaborative aims to foster critical discussion about both specific policy areas as well as the ways in which those policy areas are being implemented.
Dr. Erroll Southers, Director of Transition and Research Deployment at the Department of Homeland Security National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) talks with Dr. Bostic about extremism in Europe and in the Unites States. Dr. Southers’ career has spanned all levels of law enforcement and he currently holds roles within the international counterterrorism and national security arena.
On Thursday, January 22, Dr. Erroll Southers joined Dr. Raphael Bostic, Bedrosian Center Director, for a conversation about the Paris Massacre – the deadliest act of terrorism in France since 1961. Dr. Erroll Southers, Director of Transition and Research Deployment at the Department of Homeland Security National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism…