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


Human Rights, Urban Politics, and Globalization from Below

This talk examines urban, place-based initiatives for the “right to the city,” with a particular focus on Professor Smith’s local work in Pittsburgh as part of that city’s Human Rights City Alliance. She consider how global processes have shaped the emergence, since the 1990s, of these trans-local projects to redefine communities and to challenge conventional definitions of development and progress…
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BREXIT: Causes and Consequences

Moderated by Dean Uta Poiger, College of Social Sciences and Humanities Panelists: Laura Frader, Professor, History Mai’a Davis Cross, Associate Professor, Political Science & International Affairs Tony Jones, Associate Professor, International Affairs   6:30 – 8 p.m. in Curry Student Center Mezzanine   Presented by Northeastern University’s College of Social Sciences and Humanities and the Center…
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Controversial Issues in Security and Resilience Studies Speaker Series: “Germany’s Policy on Stabilization and Crisis Prevention: Addressing the Root Causes of Conflict and Migration”

Dr. Ralf Horlemann, Consul General of Germany in Boston, will be speaking at the first event in the Controversial Issues in Security and Resilience Studies speaker series…
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