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

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The uni­ver­sity com­mu­nity came together Thursday morning for the annual North­eastern Holo­caust Com­mem­o­ra­tion, which fea­tured pow­erful sto­ries and moving musical performances. In his keynote address, Phil Brown, Uni­ver­sity Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Soci­ology and Health Sci­ences, explored the cul­tural, polit­ical, and lit­erary world of the Catskills during the Holo­caust and in the years after. The Jewish…
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Ear­lier this month, emi­nent Israeli his­to­rian Anita Shapira opened her lec­ture at North­eastern on Israel’s founding father David Ben-​​Gurion by describing what she called a “low-​​key ending to a tur­bu­lent life story.” Shapira noted that the people of Israel, who were suf­fering from the Yom Kippur War, paid scant atten­tion to Ben-Gurion’s passing in December 1973….
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Upcoming Events


The Attacks in Paris: A Northeastern University Forum

Join us for a discussion of the Paris attacks and the larger context of conflicts, wars, inequalities, and tensions that will be explored by a panel of Northeastern faculty members:Max Abrahms,Assistant Professor of Political Science Val Moghadam, Director of International Affairs Program, Professor of Sociology Shakir Mustafa, Senior Academic Specialist, World Languages Center Gordana Rabrenovic, Associate Professor of Sociology…
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Global Leaders Forum at Northeastern

  Featuring: Baroness Catherine Ashton “Foreign Policy Challenges to Europe: Ukraine and Syria” The Former High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs & Security Policy and Former Vice-President of the European Commission  Lecture with Reception to Follow. To reserve a seat, please email: by March 2, 2015. This event is free and open…
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Behind Social Movements: The Anarchist Reason in Latin America at the Beginning of the 20th Century

Resistance, Struggle, and the Future of Latin America Series Featuring: Professor Marcelino Viera-Ramos Michigan Tech University, Department of Humanities  


The State of Islamic State

Controversial Issues in Security and Resilience Studies Featuring: Ambassador Daniel Benjamin Director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College “The State of Islamic State”


Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity

Democracy, Development, and Social Justice Speaker Series Featruing: William Robinson Professor, UC Santa Cruz “Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity”


Will China Pass the US in the Next 25 Years?

Inaugural Hong Liu Annual Lecture Featuring, Joseph S. Nye, Jr. “Will China Pass the US in the Next 25 Years?”   Professor Nye is University Distinguished Service Professor and former Dean, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.  He has served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Chair of the National Intelligence Council, and…
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