Columbia Global Centers | Middle East (Amman)

Amman, Jordan

The Columbia Global Centers | Amman was established in March 2009 as one of the first in the network of Columbia Global Centers. The Center was launched under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah and was created because of the realization of President Lee C. Bollinger, and a number of other University leaders, that Columbia needed to learn more about the world around it and engage more fully with global partners. With its headquarters in Amman, Jordan, the Center serves as a hub for programs and educational initiatives throughout the Middle East. These activities serve mutually beneficial ends: the Center offers Columbia students and faculty opportunities to expand scholarship, and its work contributes to knowledge exchange and skill development with academics, experts and practitioners throughout the region.

View the Amman Center's 2012-2013 Annual Report

For past annual reports, please see:

Middle East (Amman) Project

Summer Program in Tunis and Istanbul - Democracy and Constitutional Engineering

Columbia University launched a new intensive three-week summer program focused on democracy in 2015. The program takes place in Tunis and Istanbul and enrolls Columbia students alongside students from leading universities in the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey. The focus of the program is 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.


Center Director Prof. Safwan M. Masri,
executive vice president of Global Centers and
Global Development

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