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

Center News


Flashenburg, seen here at southern Poland’s Niedzica Castle, aspires to be the curator of a Holocaust museum. Photo courtesy of Madison Flashenburg. August 7th, 2014 Madison Flashen­burg flipped through the Book of Names, scan­ning the 6-​​foot-​​high volume in search of her sur­name, her ances­tors, her blood. She expected to find a few Flashen­burgs among the 4.2…
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This piece was originally published by The National Interest “Now that Israeli soldiers are in Gaza, how will Israel get them out?” July 31, 2014 There was a good reason why, for the past five and a half years since Israel last invaded the Gaza Strip in January 2009, Israel’s generals were reluctant to send their…
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Center Events


“Quo Vadis Russia after Georgia and Ukraine?”

A lecture featuring Vaira Vike-Freiberga, former President of Latvia (1999-2007), with reception to follow. To reserve a seat, please email Charissa at by September 26, 2014.


New Global Movements for Real Democracy

A Development, Democracy and Social Justice Speaker Series event featuring Marina Sitrin, Author and Activist, Global Social Justice Movements.


America and the World in the Age of Obama

A Controversial Issues in Security and Resilience Studies event featuring Fred Kaplan, journalist for Slate, and author of New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize finalist The Insurgents.


Political Regimes and Performance Standards: Industrial Policy in Comparative Perspective

A Development, Democracy and Social Justice Speaker Series event featuring, Andrew Schrank, Professor, Brown University.

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