The Center for International Affairs and World Cultures

A leader in global research, curricular innovation, and experiential learning

The Center for International Affairs and World Cultures draws on Northeastern University’s many strengths in the study of international institutions and processes, enhancing knowledge of world societies, politics, and cultures. The Center’s activities aim to advance interdisciplinary scholarship, programs of study, and transnational linkages. Housed in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, the Center coordinates the activities of area studies programs devoted to multiple geographic regions, while emphasizing four thematic concerns that span the globe


March 24, 2015 It’s three hours before sunrise on a Saturday morning in October when I slip out my apartment door in Cusco, Peru. I am about to board a van that will take me 40 miles northwest to Ollantaytambo, a town in the heart of the Sacred Valley that serves as a base camp…
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There is no one sin­gular way to achieve suc­cessful for­eign policy, according to Catherine Ashton, the Euro­pean Union’s former for­eign policy chief. In a lec­ture at Northeastern’s Fenway Center on March 4, Ashton gave exam­ples of what she believes are impor­tant tools for strong for­eign rela­tions. Some of the best prac­tices she high­lighted included col­lab­o­ra­tion, the…
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Upcoming Events


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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Navigating the Global Food Fight: Is Free Trade Compatible with Food Security?

Controversial Issues in Security and Resilience Studies Featuring: Jennifer Clapp, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security and Sustainability, Environment and Resource Studies, University of Waterloo


The Ethnic Logic of Space in Israel

Featuring: Erez Tzfadia Israel Institute Visiting Scholar, Rutgers University; Senior Lecturer in the Department of Public Policy and Administration, Sapir College


Diplomacy on International Peace and Security at the United Nations

Controversial Issues in Security and Resilience Studies Featuring: Ms. Ray Acheson Director, Reaching Critical Will, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom