Columbia University Honored at 2017 Tunis International Book Fair

March 26, 2017


The organizing committee of the Tunis International Book Fair announced that Columbia University in the City of New York and the Lebanese Republic will be the guests of honor for 2017. The 33rd Tunis International Book Fair takes place on March 24 - April 2 in the city of Tunis, Tunisia. The University’s participation in the book fair shows the growing ties between Columbia and Tunisia. Honored guests at previous fairs have included France and Egypt, among others.

Refugee Crisis Reveals Critical Gaps in Support for Millions Fleeing Conflict

December 15, 2016


Columbia Global Centers’ Refugee Symposium Addresses Challenges and Viable Solutions from NGOs, Governments, Universities, and Press


Exploring a Region in Transition as Change Sweeps the Middle East

September 21, 2016


Columbia Global Centers | Amman Brings Together World Scholars and Experts amid Historic Movements across Societies and Cultures

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

Janet Abu-Lughod Library Seminar: Discussion and Closing Celebration

June 22, 2016

In March 2016, Studio-X Amman, in partnership with Sijal Institute for Arabic Language and Culture, launched the Janet Abu-Lughod Library seminar, a series of meetings led by Zachary Sheldon, doctoral student in Socio-Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology at the University of Chicago, and Fulbright Research Fellow in Amman.

The Search for a Mideast Solution: A Discussion between Professor Safwan Masri and Nicolas Pelham

April 11, 2016

On April 11, 2016, Columbia Global Reports hosted a discussion about the book Holy Lands: Reviving Pluralism in the Middle East, published by Columbia Global Reports in 2016. The speakers included author of the book, Nicolas Pelham, Middle East correspondent for The Economist and Professor Safwan M.

Theeb at Columbia University: Film Screening and Discussion

April 29, 2016

Columbia Global Centers | Amman presented the Columbia University public screening of the film Theeb on April 29, 2016.

Global Nursing and Midwifery Clinical Research Development Initiative

July 18, 2016

Columbia Global Centers | Amman will host the Global Nursing and Midwifery Clinical Research Development Initiative on July 18-19, 2016. Experts from approximately 22 countries in the Eastern Meditarranean region will meet to identify and reach consensus on gaps in knowledge and priorities to address critical health needs, and develop a dissemination of recommendations and implementation plan for support for nursing and midwifery research with a mentorship component.

Book Launch of The Arab City: Architecture and Representation

June 14, 2016

On June 14, the Museum of Modern Art in New York hosted the book launch for The Arab City: Architecture and Representation, edited by Amale Andraos, Dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University and Architecture Advisor to the President, Nora Akawi, Studio-X Amman Curator and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation

Like You’ve Never Been There: Cinema and the Memory of Cities

June 09, 2016

On June 9-12, architects and filmmakers gathered at the King Ghazi Hotel in downtown Amman for a program of film screenings and conversations on cinema, cities, counter-narratives, and subjectivity. 

Cities of Knowledge: Displaying Archaeological Knowledge in the Public Spaces of Amman

March 12, 2016

This travel seminar explored the urban development of the city of Amman through its two major archaeological sites – the ancient buildings of the Roman city of Philadelphia, with its amphitheater, Odeon theater and the Nymphaeum, and the Qala'a (Citadel) – the Umayyad Palace.

Refugee Integration: Developing a New Paradigm

October 13, 2016

Columbia Global Centers | Amman and Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul are organizing a workshop and public panel on campus on October 13-14, 2016 that will bring together Columbia faculty in mutual conversations with practitioners from the Middle East. The group will discuss the current response plan to the refugee crisis, with a focus on Syria, and offer their expertise on addressing the gap between humanitarian response and development in the context of refugee assistance.

President's Global Innovation Fund 2016

May 06, 2016

Results for the fourth President’s Global Innovation Fund (PGIF)  round this year were announced on May 6, 2016. 12 projects recieved awards after being selected by a review committee of senior faculty. All the projects make use of our network of eight Columbia Global Centers on four continents, and will provide opportunities for faculty and students to address vital global issues.

2015-2016 Speaker Series

May 09, 2016

The Amman Center hosts regular public talks for members of the local community to engage with scholars and learn more about a wide range of topics, from current affairs, to history, to the arts.

The Speaker Series for 2015-2016 academic year concluded in May and will start again in September 2016. The most recent talks held at the Center include:

1. Talk and book launch of "Return: A Palestinian Memoir" with Ghada Karmi – May 9, 2016

Soraya Salti Youth For Youth Series

April 11, 2016

Columbia Global Center in Amman Announces

Soraya Salti Youth for Youth Series

Fostering Entrepreneurship in Engineering Education in Tunisia

April 27, 2016

In collaboration with the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), the Amman Center is working with engineering faculty at five leading Tunisian universities to introduce critical elements of an entrepreneurship curriculum and consult on how to build an ecosystem that will support entrepreneurial activities in the Tunisian context.

Columbia University Board of Trustees Extends Lee C. Bollingers Term to 2022

March 23, 2016

The trustees have extended Bollinger's term for four additional years  the second time they have extended his contract. In 2014 he accepted the board's request that he continue to serve as president for two additional years. Monday's announcement cements Bollinger's term as a two decade-long presidency, which will make him the longest serving president currently at an Ivy League School. 



When U.S. universities export their education to the Middle East

February 18, 2016

On January 28, LAU NY, in partnership with the American University in Cairo (AUC), hosted a panel discussion entitled “American Higher Education in the Middle East.”

Save the Date: International Legal Dialogue—Middle East North Africa

December 14, 2015

The Columbia Global Centers | Middle East, Columbia Law School, and the American Society of International Law are holding a conference on the theme “International Legal Dialogue—Middle East North Africa” on December 14 - 15, 2015. This initiative is led by Lori Damrosch, Hamilton Fish Professor of International Law and Diplomacy at Columbia University and currently serving as President of the American Society of International Law.

MENA religious leaders prepare strategy against incitement to violence

November 15, 2015

Middle East and North African religious leaders have developed a regional strategy to counter incitement to violence and agreed on steps for its implementation, according to a UN official. 

MENA’s Religious Leaders formulate plan to counter violence incitement

November 14, 2015

Some 40 religious leaders and experts from around the MENA region and beyond met recently in Amman to discuss the role of religious leaders in responding to, and countering, hate speech and incitement of violence.

Call for Applications: Sixth Annual Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Palestine Studies

February 15, 2016

The Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University's Middle East Institute is pleased to announce the 2016-17 Ibrahim Abu-Lughod  (IAL) Award in Palestine Studies.

The Jordanian Ministry of Education begins a review of textbooks and curricula

July 15, 2015

July 15, 2015 - As the Ministry of Education in Jordan continues the implementation of the first phase of a process aimed at developing curricula and textbooks, the views of education experts vary. Professor Safwan M. Masri, Executive Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development at Columbia University, explained that the reform process of curricula seems superficial.

Columbia Global Centers’ Advisory Board Summit

September 21, 2015

The Columbia Global Centers held its inaugural Advisory Board Summit at Columbia University in New York on September 21 and 22. The meeting, which was chaired by President Lee C. Bollinger and Professor Safwan Masri, included over 30 members from across all eight advisory boards who met for the first time as a common group.

Technical Report Delivery to Family Development Foundation

September 24, 2015

Given the current governmental priorities for social service development in Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates, a trained cadre of professional social workers is needed in a fast growing economically, and socially evolving country to take on the multi-level roles of program design, development, implementation, evaluation and management. The Family Development Foundation (FDF) demonstrated the desire to design and implement innovative and responsive programs to address issues of social priority.

Nursing Summit Preparatory Visit

July 09, 2015

Jennifer Dohrn, Assistant Professor of Nursing at Columbia University Medical Center and Director of the Office of Global Initiatives and its World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Advanced Practice Nursing, made a brief visit to Jordan on July 12-15, 2015. Her visit comes after the Global Nursing and Midwifery Research Development Initiative Summit Meeting, which was held on July 9 at the

Amman Cultural Trails Workshop

August 12, 2015

Studio-X Amman organized a summer workshop on August 12-23, 2015 led by Jyoti Hosagrahar, Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University (GSAPP), and Founder/Director of the Sustainable Urbanism International Lab. 

Visit to Tunisia

July 27, 2015

Professor Safwan Masri visited Tunisia on July 27 - August 1 in follow up to his week-long exploratory visit in January 2015 with Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger and Jean Magnano Bollinger.

Syria’s Refugee Crisis: Public Health Challenges

October 20, 2015

In March 2011, pro-democracy protests erupted in Syria. Violent conflict between demonstrators and government forces spiraled into what is now, four and a half years later, a civil war that has killed more than 200,000 people and forced more than 4 million people to flee the country, with millions more families displaced inside Syria’s borders.

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.

Columbia's global center strategy prioritizes engagement over NYU's 'one-way exchange of knowledge'

October 08, 2015

Columbia and New York University may both lead the pack when it comes to developing a presence abroad, but they have markedly distinct ideologies that have informed their global campus footprints.

Academic Visit by Professor Ari Goldman

July 28, 2015

Ari Goldman, Professor of Journalism at Columbia University and Director of the Scripps Howard Program in Religion, Journalism, and the Spiritual Life, visited Jordan on 28-30 July, 2015 to prepare for his “Covering Religion” course at Columbia University.

iSustain Initiative Awards Ceremony

August 02, 2015

Columbia Global Centers | Middle East will hosted the award ceremony of the iSustain Initiative on August 2, 2015. iSustain is a platform that brings together students, professionals, and collegiate teams to compete in presenting the most innovative sustainable design solutions to the challenges facing Jordan’s built environment, with the ultimate goal of fostering innovation in the field of sustainable design.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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

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.

Columbia Arabic Summer Program

June 01, 2015

The Center, in conjunction with Columbia’s Office of Global Programs, is holding the sixth offering of the annual Arabic language program and the second offering of the Columbia MENA Summer Program in May-August 2015. The programs are run by Taoufik Ben-Amor, Gordon Gray Jr.

Symposium: Global Think-In on Time and Trauma - Memory in Global Perspective

April 18, 2015

The Columbia Global Centers | Middle East hosted the Global Think-In on Time and Trauma: Memory in Global Perspective on April 18. The event included a film screening of "Letter to a Refusing Pilot" by filmmaker Akram Zaatari. The screening was followed by a panel discussion:


Columbia Experience Overseas Program

June 10, 2015

The Columbia Global Centers | Middle East continues to hold the Columbia Experience Overseas Program (CEO), in partnership with the Center for Career Education at Columbia University. CEO is a unique eight-week internship offered for the fifth time in Amman on June 10 - August 8, 2015. The program was organized in coordination with Jill Burya, Associate Director, Center for Career Education. 

Summer Ecosystem Experiences for Undergraduates Program

May 24, 2015

In conjunction with Columbia College and the Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability, the Center is offering the fifth iteration of the Summer Ecosystem Experiences for Undergraduates (SEE-U) Program in May-June 2015.

Looking at Tunisia: A Series of Talks

March 24, 2015

The Columbia Global Centers | Middle East organized a thematic speaker series entitled “Looking at Tunisia” that ran at the Center from March-June 2015. The series featured a number of talks by prominent speakers on various aspects of the country’s democratic transition, religious tolerance, political moderation, and civic engagement.

Talks were given by:


Columbia Researcher Explores Most Healthy Age to Retire

May 27, 2015
Esteban Calvo said the project began last year in Chile and will travel to six other centers – Beijing, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Amman, Mumbai and Nairobi – during the next three years to collect data from countries in those regions.

Elif Shafak: Storytelling in the Age of Conflict

April 26, 2015
Columbia Turkish Students organized a talk titled "Storytelling in the Age of Conflict" with novelist Elif Shafak.

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.

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.