Welcome to the International Affairs Program
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
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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: September 26
Despite the success of transnational human rights advocacy in strengthening international human rights law and machinery for monitoring human rights, critical gaps remain in the implementation of human rights in local settings. This talk examines urban, place-based initiatives for the “right to the city,” with a particular focus on Dr. Smith’s local work in Pittsburgh as part of that city’s Human Rights City Alliance.
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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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Guy Standing, author of The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class, and A Precariat Charter, spoke about his new work to an overflow group of students and faculty in the Raytheon Amphitheater on February 22nd, 2016.
Standing defines the precariat as an emerging class of people facing lives of economic insecurity, moving in and out of jobs that give little meaning to their lives. As such, they develop emotions of anomie, anxiety, alienation, and anger. The precariat is a “dangerous class” because it is internally divided, including college graduates without career prospects, adjuncts and other involuntary part-time workers, migrants and other vulnerable groups that tend to be vilified, as well as what Standing called “atavists” and “nostalgics”. Lacking agency, its members may be susceptible to the calls of political extremism.
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A member of the 2014 graduating class, Jack will be attending Duke University for his Masters of Public Policy starting in Fall 2016. In the meantime, he uses his international experiences from Northeastern to teach Alabama middle school students about the world as part of Teach for America.