News & Events


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 NEW YORK –

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 CulturesHistoric waves of migration, unprecedented

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

Columbia Among Greenest Universities (

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

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

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

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.

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. 

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summer programs in focus at World Leaders Forum on global centers

September 14, 2014
In another effort to inform students about Columbia’s Global Centers, this year’s first World Leaders Forum focused on the role of the centers in the

Columbia Hosts Summit for Global Centers Directors

September 18, 2014
Office of Global Centers and Global DevelopmentSeptember 18, 2014During this third annual directors' summit, the directors of the eight Columbia Global Centers met with

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.

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).

Museum 3.0 -- An interview in Trendesign

June 03, 2014
Trendesign Magazine talks to Chris Dercon during his time in Amman

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

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

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

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

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
July 17, 2017 to July 21, 2017
September 19, 2016
April 29, 2016

Columbia Global Centers | Amman presents, Theeb, an Arabic Western in the tradition of Sergio Leone, and 2016 Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. The Columbia University screening will be held at Wood Auditorium, followed by a discussion with writer and director Naji Abu Nowar and film studies professor Richard Pena. 

December 14, 2015 to December 15, 2015
November 30, 2015

This lecture will identify the key reasons behind the limitations of the Arab development models and propose a new approach to reframe the contours and terms of a new social contract that can better meet the aspirations of the people for free, inclusive and prosperous societies.

August 23, 2015

This one-day symposium focuses on issues of urban sustainability and culture in the cities of the Middle East and North Africa.

August 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015

Studio-X Amman is organizing 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 and founder/director of the Sustainable Urbanism International Lab. 

August 02, 2015

Columbia Global Centers | Middle East will host the award ceremony of the iSustain Initiative on August 2, 2015. 

May 24, 2015

Raja Shehadeh will discuss his new book, Language of War, Language of Peace: Palestine, Israel and the Search for Justice. 

April 22, 2015

More than two decades after the end of the Cold War, Turkish-Arab relations have not only gained new dimensions, such as the increase in economic and cultural relations, but have also intensified particularly in strategic issues. In his talk, Çağrı Erhan will focus on the evolution of the intra-regional and global dynamics of Turkish-Arab relations with a historical perspective.

April 19, 2015


This event has been postponed to a later date, which will be announced in the coming weeks.

April 18, 2015

Columbia University's Committee on Global Thought hosts a think-in workshop as part of is series The Politics of Memory in Global Context.

April 10, 2015

A one-day conference organized by Studio-X Amman, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Mumbai, and Rio de Janeiro, with support from Columbia Global Centers

February 25, 2015

The lecture will discuss the state of sustainable design in the Middle East in the context of regional resource consumption and the global sustainability movement.

February 24, 2015

This World Leaders Forum program features an address by His Excellency Mehdi Jomaa, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Tunisia, followed by a question and answer session with the audience.

February 06, 2015

The Earth Institute's Center for Environmental Sustainability presents an information session on The Summer Ecosystem Experiences for Undergraduates Program. 

January 29, 2015

Dust off your passport and get ready for the summer! Through Columbia Experience Overseas, you can find opportunities and receive resources to help you succeed in internships around the world in cities including: Amman, Beijing and Mumbai.

November 21, 2014

Following a keynote address from Timothy Mitchell, international architects and scholars will investigate cultural representation, the evolution of historical cities, contemporary architectural practices, emerging urban conditions and responsive urban imaginaries in the Middle East.

November 10, 2014

His Excellency Peter Millett, the British Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, will deliver a talk at Columbia Global Centers | Middle East.

October 26, 2014

On October 26, Columbia Global Centers | Middle East will host David Gardner, International Affairs Editor at The Financial Times for a public talk as part of the Center’s ongoing speaker series.

October 22, 2014

Ignatius will discuss his own views, developed over 35 years of covering the Middle East, of the origins of the current crisis in Iraq and Syria, the “fog of policy” confronting U.S. and Arab officials, and strategies for managing and stabilizing this crisis in the future.

Peter Harling
September 29, 2014

Peter Harling is the Middle East Special Advisor at International Crisis Group.

September 25, 2014

His Excellency Amr Al Dabbagh will speak about his time as the Governor of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority. He will also discuss the book he co-authored after leaving office titled: Governpreneurship: Ten Golden Rules to Accelerate Success.

September 22, 2014

This World Leaders Forum program features an address by His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Moncef Marzouki, President of the Republic of Tunisia, titled The Arab Spring and the Tunisia Initiative on Creating a Constitutional Court, followed by a question and answer session with the audience.

June 06, 2014 to June 10, 2014

The Columbia Global Centers | Middle East, in collaboration with the International Economic Association (IEA), is hosting in Jordan the IEA’s Seventeenth World Congress.

June 02, 2014

Drawing on years of participant observation, extensive interviews, focus groups, previously inaccessible organizational documents, and dozens of memoirs and writings, Kandil presents the first in-depth study of the relationship between the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and its own members.

May 04, 2014

­The time is right for consideration of the new opportunities and challenges facing Arab women. ­the Arab uprisings sought to challenge the status quo, demanding significant political and social transformation.

April 21, 2014

This talk will reflect on 20 years of homework and practices of an association that started out in the trunk of a silver Mitsubishi.