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.
Students study general theories of democratic institutions and empirical methods for testing arguments about democracy. Additionally, students hear from and engage with political elites and others from Tunisia and Turkey who have played important roles in these countries democratic processes. Participants work in teams with the students from the region to make arguments about constitutional design. The two courses in the program count toward the Columbia Political Science Major/Concentration.
This program is the result of collaboration with Columbia Global Centers | Middle East (Amman), Columbia Global Centers | Turkey (Istanbul) and the Office of Global Programs. Scholarships are available, and students are encouraged to apply regardless of their financial resources. The program is supported by a generous personal gift from President Lee C. Bollinger and Jean Magnano Bollinger.
More information about the program is available online: http://columbia.studioabroad.com/?go=TunisIstanbul
Students in the 2015 program gathered for this photo taken in June.