Welcome to the International Affairs Program

A message from the Director

What would the world be like if half the political leaders were women? Imagining another world is not an exercise in futility – it is a necessity, given the various crises our world has been facing. The International Affairs Program invites students to “think outside the box”; to ponder issues critically, creatively, and constructively; to pose research questions, identify problems, and find solutions; and to imagine a world in which human security, human development, and human rights are paramount.  As we embark on another academic year at Northeastern, let me extend the hope that our incoming and continuing students will avail themselves of all the wonderful learning opportunities on offer; and that our graduates will attain a fulfilling life and retain their intellectual curiosity.

Valentine M. Moghadam

Director and Professor of International Affairs and Sociology

To read the full Message from the Director, please click here.

Research-active Faculty from Across the Globe

From women’s education, labor, and feminist movements; to transnational mobilities and contested urban spaces; to democratization and demographic changes in the Middle East, North Africa, and the Mediterranean; and to international law and policy the International Affairs faculty engage in a variety of research projects spanning the globe. To read about the research activities and expertise of our faculty members, please select from the buttons below.

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Upcoming Event: The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class


The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class

Please join us for an exciting talk by speaker Guy Standing, author of The Precariat. The “precariat” is defined as an emerging class of people facing lives of economic insecurity, moving in and out of jobs that give little meaning to their lives. It is a dangerous class because it is internally divided, leading to…
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Educating Global Leaders for the 21st Century

International affairs at Northeastern University challenges students to engage across intellectual and geographic boundaries, while also asking them to think and act “locally” through academic coursework, experiential opportunities, and language proficiency. Read more about our mission>>

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Research Reports

Europe in Crisis: What lies ahead?

“Europe in Crisis: What lies ahead?” featured a panel of NEU experts who discussed various dimensions of the European Union’s current crises, including migration, Greek debt, NATO’s activities, Russia’s incursion into Ukraine, the rise of extremism, and the refugee crisis. Panelists also debated the future of the EU, from efforts to strengthen the Eurozone, to the impending British referendum on EU membership, all of which have the potential to fundamentally change the nature of this quasi-federal entity that has kept Europe at peace for more than half a century. These issues are currently at the forefront of policymakers’ thinking in determining the path ahead for Europe. As an actor that encompasses more than half a billion citizens and the largest economy in the world, the EU’s ability to overcome these crises has great implications for global politics and stability.

To see the NU News write-up of this panel, please click here.

To read a full report on the panel, please click here.