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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Five North­eastern Uni­ver­sity fac­ulty mem­bers came together last month to examine January’s attacks in Paris and dis­cuss dif­ferent ways the tragic events fit into the larger con­text of con­flicts, ter­rorism, free speech, and inequality. Sev­en­teen people were killed in the attacks, including 12 staffers at the satir­ical French news­paperCharlie Hebdo on Jan. 7, and a police­woman…
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Upcoming Events


The U.S. Presidential Elections and the Future of Relations with China

Please join us for a panel discussion on the U.S. presidential elections and the future of relations with China as a part of the Asian Studies Lecture Series…
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3rd Annual Israel Studies Lecture: “Jews, Palestinians, and Israel: Three Historiographies, Three Moralities, and Three Roadmaps”

Professor Chaim Gans, a prize-winning Israeli political philosopher, will draw upon his most recent book, A Political Theory for the Jewish People, to outline three competing approaches to Zionism, as well as the different historiographies and conceptions of justice associated with each…
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U.S. and Russian Relations: Current State of Affairs and Perspective on Moving Forward

A discussion with Boris Ivanov, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at GPB Global Resources B.V…
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“When Elephants Fight” Film Screening

Please join us the for a presentation and discussion by campaign director J.D. Steir on the subject of mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo and ensuing violence for the third event in the Controversial Issues in Security and Resilience Studies speaker series..
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