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 two-year project is structured in two phases. In Phase 1, activities will include a rapid situational assessment and regional NCD conference, fostering research partnerships with local and regional colleagues for the purpose of identifying a priority research agenda. In Phase 2, activities will include formative research projects, seminars, and academic exchanges, supporting both knowledge generation and knowledge dissemination.
The goal is a collaboration between Columbia Journalism School and the University’s Global
Center in Istanbul, Turkey on a project to build and train a network of collaborators from
universities, non-profits and news organizations who can provide timely, operational advice
about the on-the-ground communication conditions and issues in their local area.