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MEDIA ADVISORY - October 9, 2012: USC Experts Available to Comment on 2012 Election

Press Release
Contact: Andrew Good - 213-740-8606 or gooda@usc.edu.
October 09, 2012 —


James Moore is a transportation expert at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. He can comment on California’s surging gas prices and how they might affect voters.

“Prices are driven by supply and demand. Conspiracies make for unlikely explanations; price is an index that signals scarcity. Higher prices are a signal to conserve fuel and will come down as demand drops, supplies loosen, and gasoline vendors compete for customers.”

Contact him at 213-663-8146 or jmoore@usc.edu.


Josh Lockman is an expert on international law and U.S. foreign policy at the USC Gould School of Law. He can comment on Gov. Mitt Romney and President Obama’s positions on Libya, Syria, Iran and Israel.

“There are few differences, if any, between Obama and Romney’s approach on Iran, as both have stated that they will not allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons and that all options, including military force, are on the table.”

Contact him at 310-995-1819 or josh.lockman@gmail.com.

Jacques Hymans is an expert on nuclear non-proliferation at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. He can comment on the candidates’ positions on Iran’s nuclear program.

“The evident impact of economic sanctions on the Iranian economy has strengthened the hand of the Obama administration to brush aside criticism from Romney and Netanyahu that it is not serious about stopping an Iranian bomb. Meanwhile, the Iranians remain stuck in their usual technical rut. There is still time for diplomacy to work, but that diplomacy needs to happen.”

Hymans is the author of “Achieving Nuclear Ambitions,” about how authoritarian states often undermine their own nuclear programs. Contact him at 413-883-9052 or hymans@usc.edu.

This press release is available on the USC Press Room website.