Opportunities For Study, Involvement And Impact

September 01, 2015

One in a network of eight global centers launched by Columbia University to expand its international presence and engage more fully with global partners, the Columbia Global Centers | Middle East, based in Amman, serves as a hub for programming and educational initiatives throughout the region, and as a conduit for enriching the diversity of the academic experience.

The Role of Local Government in Addressing the Impact of Syrian Refugees: Jordan Case Study

August 18, 2015


Nearly 4 million refugees have fled the war in Syria to date, and most are

Columbia Among Greenest Universities (

June 26, 2015
Columbia University makes the list of greenest universities.

Register for Columbia GlobeMUN Istanbul, Nov. 5-8

June 25, 2015
High school students from Jordan and the region are invited to register for the Columbia GlobeMUN conference to be held in Istanbul on November 5 to 8, 2015.

Announcing the fifth recipient of the Ibrahim Abu Lughod Award in Palestine Studies

June 25, 2015

Announcing the fifth recipient of the Ibrahim Abu Lughod Award in Palestine Studies, Areej Sabbagh-Khoury

Global Centers Connect with Alumni in Greece

June 21, 2015

Professor Safwan M. Masri and Ipek Cem Taha met with Columbia University alumni in Greece on June 21, at a lunch reception held in collaboration with the Columbia Alumni Club of Greece, which is led by Maria Karageorgeou and a dedicated team of alumni leaders.

Columbia University Launches Online Global Database of Case Law on Freedom of Expression

June 18, 2015

Columbia University has launched an online global database of freedom of expression case law and court rulings. The novel platform developed by Columbia Global Freedom of Expression currently includes some 250 rulings from 65 nations and will be updated and expanded with relevant judicial decisions on a weekly basis.

Hard Lessons: Improving Education in the Middle East is as Important as Ending the Region’s Conflicts

June 01, 2015

Safwan Masri is quoted in the second column of this viewpoint by Matt McAllester. 

Centers in Istanbul and Amman to Host Global Think-Ins

April 03, 2015
Columbia University’s Committee on Global Thought is going on the road again this month, taking its Global Think-Ins to Istanbul and Amman to extend the conversation about the national and international political tensions in public memory.

Q and A with Professor Carol Gluck

April 03, 2015
Carol Gluck discusses the Committee on Global Thought's Global Think-In series coming this month to Columbia Global Centers in Istanbul and Amman.

Ravina Aggarwal Named Director of Mumbai Center

March 01, 2015

Ravina Aggarwal will become the new director of Columbia Global Centers | South Asia on April 1, 2015.

The announcement from Professor Safwan M. Masri, executive vice president for Global Centers and Global Development, culminates a search process that began in July 2014.

Aggarwal’s experience and qualifications, Professor Masri commented, make her a perfect fit for the position, and lend themselves to further significant engagement by the University in South Asia, under her leadership.

President Bollinger on Global Free Speech (Wash. Post)

February 12, 2015
Americans only figured out free speech 50 years ago. Here’s how the world can follow our lead.

President Bollinger Announces Annual Prizes for Legal Contributions to Global Freedom of Expression

January 07, 2015

Columbia University President, Lee C. Bollinger, has announced the creation of the first prizes recognizing judicial decisions and legal representation around the world that strengthen freedom of expression by promoting international legal norms.

VIDEO - Reid Hall and Columbia University Celebrate Golden Anniversary

December 14, 2014

This year, Reid Hall is celebrating a very special milestone: 50 years with Columbia University, after Helen Rogers Reid bequeathed to Columbia the property that had meant so much to her family and to the international community in Paris. Reid Hall became Columbia Global Centers | Europe in 2010.

New Columbia Summer Program in Tunis and Istanbul - Democracy and Constitutional Engineering

December 14, 2014

In June 2015, Columbia University will offer a new intensive three-week summer program focused on democracy. The program will take place in Tunis and Istanbul and will enroll Columbia students alongside students from leading universities in the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey. The focus of the program will be on the concept of democracy, the challenges of democratic transitions and consolidation, and trade-offs associated with different ways of designing constitutions and organizing democratic institutions.

Looking at Arab Education Through PISA Tests

December 03, 2014

AMMAN—Mohammed wants to build a rectangular patio five meters in length and three meters wide. He needs 81 bricks per square meter. How many bricks does Mohammed need?

Mapping the World’s Threatened Archaeological Treasures

November 12, 2014

When Zainab Bahrani traveled to Iraq 10 years ago, she realized that it was crucial to document the extensive damage to the country’s cultural treasures caused by years of war. “We needed a system to record what was left standing of the region’s built heritage because Iraq had been cut off from the rest of the world for so long,” she said.

Ignatius on ISIS

November 01, 2014

Venture - David Ignatius, the celebrated associate editor and columnist at the Washington Post, visited the Columbia Global Centers, Middle East in Amman last month to speak about US foreign policy and the crisis in the region.

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ISIS Hard Talk

November 02, 2014

Jordan Business - Last month, the increasingly active Amman-based Columbia Global Centers-Middle East hosted in front of a full house Peter Harling, senior advisor, Middle East at the International Crisis Group to talk about a subject on everyone’s minds these days: ISIS. Here is some of what he had to say.

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US reacting to, rather than preventing terrorism in Middle East — journalist

October 23, 2014

AMMAN — Deposing regimes without knowing what the next step should be is the US’ major mistake in the Middle East, said veteran journalist David Ignatius.

The Washington Post columnist cited the deteriorating situation in Iraq since the ouster of president Saddam Hussein by US troops in a 2003 invasion.

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki talks developing democracy at World Leaders Forum

September 23, 2014

Interim President of Tunisia Moncef Marzouki spoke to a nearly full Low Rotunda about the legacy of the 2010 Tunisian Revolution on Monday morning in the opening address of Columbia’s 11th annual World Leaders Forum.

Summer programs in focus at World Leaders Forum on global centers

September 14, 2014

In another effort to inform students about 

Amale Andraos Appointed Dean of Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

August 12, 2014
The next dean of the University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation is Amale Andraos, an associate professor at the School and a member of the faculty steering committee of Columbia Global Centers | Middle East.

IEA Tackles the World of Economics

July 01, 2014

Jordan Business was established in 2004, and has managed to posit itself as the Kingdom’s leading independent corporate magazine, tackling issues pertaining to the country’s commercial, economic, and political landscapes – comprehensively, analytically and with integrity. Through regular features as well as exclusive coverage and interviews, Jordan Business is committed to presenting a repertoire of pluralist ideas and viewpoints.

CPS presents the first annual Palestinian Film Festival in Santiago, Chile June 23-29, 2014 at Cineteca Nacional de Chile

June 16, 2014
The Center for Palestine Studies (CPS) at Columbia University presents the first annual Palestinian Film Festival in Santiago, Chile at the Cineteca Nacional (Centro Cultural La Moneda).

Palestinian women deprived of basic rights under occupation — researcher

May 08, 2014

AMMAN — The situation of Palestinians, especially women, within the occupied territories exceeds conflict zone status to large-scale day-to-day suffering, according to Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian.

The university professor noted that the suffering of Palestinian women should not be placed only within the larger context of gender equality, civil rights and even the “self and the other”, but within the “simplest” rights of a women, including pregnancy, maternity and childbirth.

Provost Announces Faculty Winners of 2014 President’s Global Innovation Fund

June 23, 2014

The Provost's office has announced the second round of grants from the President’s Global Innovation Fund.

The purpose of the Fund is to support faculty who are developing projects that increase opportunities for research, teaching, and service around the world. The 13 projects receiving grants were selected from 53 proposals by a review committee of senior faculty. The proposals came from 14 of Columbia’s Schools and from 14 departments in the Arts and Sciences.

Art as an Act of Resistance: A Conversation with Christine Tohme

April 23, 2014

At a time where the sociopolitical discourse in the Middle East steers away from pluralism and the political street becomes barricaded with censorship, the notion of the public space in its purest form- a space genuinely owned by the people for the people -has become almost obsolete.

خارج الهامش: عن الصحة الجنسية للنساء العربيات

April 20, 2014

الحديث عن هذه الحقيقة البشرية البسيطة حول موقع الجنس في حياة المرأة وأبعاده النفسية والصحية يشبه في “حساسيته” تفكيك قنبلة. لهذا السبب، اتخذ مركز جامعة كولومبيا الشرق أوسطي للأبحاث في عمان تعبير “كسر المحرم” عنوانًا لجلسة حول صحة النساء الجنسية ضمن ندوة حول الصحة النفسية للنساء في العالم العربي، استضافها الأسبوع الماضي

The Complexities of Cross-Border Engagement

April 14, 2014

Several forms of cross-border or transnational engagement have received attention in the higher ed press recently. The articles focus on alternatives to the highly scrutinized brick and mortar international branch campuses. Numerous models of cross-border engagement exist and institutions are wise to consider the full spectrum when developing internationalization strategies. Descriptions of these alternatives tend to focus on what’s working and how a particular institution has benefited, while ignoring the many challenges that are inherent in transnational work.

Negotiating Tension: An Interview with Chris Dercon (

March 27, 2014
Chris Dercon spoke at the Columbia Global Centers | Middle East in March 2014, and sat down with 7iber to discuss art, politics, and culture.

Launch of our Official Podcast Channel

March 26, 2014

Click here to listen to talks from the Speaker Series and other events at the Columbia Global Centers | Middle East featuring Columbia University faculty and other prominent speakers, including Rashid Khalidi, Joseph Stiglitz, Ahdaf Soueif, Thomas Friedman, and Yezid Sayegh.

Failure of education undermines the Arab world, Professor Safwan Masri reveals in Columbia Global Centers | Africa lecture

March 25, 2014

Nairobi, 20 March 2014: The current crisis in the Arab world is directly linked to the long-term,  historic failure of education in the Middle East, and will impact the future peace and prosperity in the region following the Arab spring, said Professor Safwan Masri in a Columbia Global Centers | Africa lecture in Nairobi on March 20.

Global Hubs

March 12, 2014

Freedom of Expression Around the World Is Focus of New Initiative at Columbia

March 05, 2014

Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger, a noted First Amendment scholar, has established the Columbia Global Freedom of Expression and Information Project, a new initiative joining international experts and activists with the University’s faculty and students to survey, document and strengthen free expression. He has named Agnès Callamard, a distinguished human rights advocate who was director of the organization ARTICLE 19, as executive director of the Project.

Call for Registration: Seventeenth World Congress of the International Economic Association

February 24, 2014
The Columbia Global Centers | Middle East, in collaboration with the International Economic Association, will host the IEA’s Seventeenth World Congress.

Orientalism continues to govern West’s interest in Arabic literature (Jordan Times)

February 15, 2014

Only three Chinese novels were translated into English in 2012, while Arabs translated 30 of their fictional works into what is widely regarded as the world’s “universal language”, a scholar and translator has said.


Yasir Suleiman: Translation Beyond Orientalism

February 13, 2014

As part of events for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) that took place in Amman this week, Yasir Suleiman, Professor of Modern Arabic studies at Cambridge University and Chair of the IPAF Trustees, gave a talk on “Orientalism and the Translation of Arabic Literature,” hosted by the Columbia University Middle East Research Center.

Severe polarisation in Egypt hindering democratisation drive — analyst

January 16, 2014

AMMAN — Egypt’s new constitutional text resurrects the long-time dominance of the army in the politics of the Arab world’s most populous country, according to Egyptian political scientist Amr Hamzawy.

سنوات الثورة المصرية العجاف: محاضرة لعمرو حمزاوي في عمّان

January 14, 2014

مع اقتراب الذكرى الثالثة لاندلاع ثورة 25 يناير، يبدو المشهد المصري أكثر إثارة لحيرة –وربما يأس- المراقب العربي العادي خارج مصر من أي وقت مضى خلال السنوات الأخيرة. فمسار التقلبات الدراماتيكية التي مرت بها أحداث ما بعد الثورة وصولًا إلى استفتاء اليوم على ثالث تعديل دستوري منذ 2011 لم يعد سهل الفهم أو التفسير.

UJ launches MA programme in sustainable development

January 09, 2014

AMMAN — The University of Jordan (UJ) has launched a new master’s programme in sustainable development, the “first such specialisation ever taught in Jordan”.

The two-year programme, which is supported by the Columbia University Middle East Research Centre (CUMERC) and the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, will incorporate the basic sciences required for sustainable development, including health, nature and social administration.

الجامعة الأردنية تطلق برنامج ماجستير التنمية المستدامة

January 08, 2014

.عمان - أطلقت الجامعة الأردنية أمس، برنامج الماجستير التنمية المستدامة، بالشراكة مع مركز جامعة كولومبيا الشرق الأوسطي للأبحاث في عمان

اطلاق برنامج ماجستير التنمية المستدامة في الأردنية بالشراكة مع مركز جامعة كولومبيا

January 08, 2014
.عمان 7 كانون الثاني ( بترا)- اطلقت الجامعة الاردنية برنامج الماجستير في التنمية المستدامة، بالشراكة مع مركز جامعة كولومبيا الشرق الاوسطي للأبحاث في عمان اليوم


Global Columbia

December 23, 2013

More than ever, the College is taking steps to prepare its students to be engaged and effective global citizens

A Conversation with President Lee C. Bollinger

December 22, 2013

Lee C. Bollinger became president of Columbia University on June 1, 2002. Under his leadership,the University has expanded its international presence with the creation of eight Columbia Global Centers. In this interview with CCT Editor Alex Sachare ’71, Bollinger talks about the philosophy behind the Global Centers, their impact on our students and faculty now and in the future, and what it means to be a global citizen in the 21st century.

Rami Khouri: Syria is an Aberration of the Arab Spring

December 05, 2013

“Syria is not about the Arab uprisings,” said Rami Khouri, speaking earlier this week at the Columbia Global Center in Amman: “It’s about the biggest proxy wars of modern times.”

Author proposes solution to ‘choice-overload’

December 01, 2013

In a lecture she delivered last week at the Columbia University Middle East Research Centre, Iyengar summarised the major ideas she incorporated in her book: “The Art of Choosing”, which offers a broad overview of the concept of choice in terms of how we make choices, how we feel about them and what drives our choices.


Feminist scholar calls for viewing ‘the other’ equally, away from sympathy

November 19, 2013

AMMAN — Change can only take place when the general public “wills” the law, which can be possible through quality education that teaches children to think about the other in an equal way rather than with sympathy, according to Columbia University Professor Gayatri Spivak.

How Can There Be a Feminist World - A Talk by Gayatri Spivak

December 01, 2013

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‘Assad becoming partner in political efforts on Syria as opposition flounders’

October 24, 2013

AMMAN — One major implication of the US-Russia brokered chemical weapons deal on Syria is the “rehabilitation” of Syrian President Bashar Assad as a partner in efforts towards a political settlement of the conflict, Carnegie senior associate Yezid Sayigh said.