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.
“De-Provincializing Soft Power: A Global-Historical Approach" is a three-year research project designed to study the power of cultural persuasion in foreign relations in ways that look beyond the Transatlantic and Western framework in which studies of "soft power" originated in the early 1990s.
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.
This initiative engages distinguished feminist scholars across Columbia’s many schools with leading intellectuals and thinkers around the world to focus on how contemporary global problems affect women and the role women play in addressing those problems.
Spearheaded by Professor Elazar Barkan of the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, School of International and Public Affairs, the Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability brings together academics, representatives of civil society organization, journalists, educators and artists as well as policy makers who all pursue historical dialogue in conflict, post-conflict and post-dictatorial societies.