March 2015

Architecture and Representation: The Arab City

The second iteration of “Architecture and Representation: the Arab City” took place at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University (GSAPP), with leading architects, historians, and theorists from across the region, and the world. The conference was held on November 21, and was spearheaded by GSAPP Dean Amale Andraos, and Studio-X Amman Curator Nora Akawi.

Partnership with Youth Program in Nablus

A partnership was launched among the Columbia Global Centers | Middle East, Columbia University School of Social Work, and Tomorrow’s Youth Organization Palestine (TYO), a non-governmental organization in Nablus. The partnership aims to enhance TYO's early childhood and youth service learning programs from a social work perspective, and build the organization's capacity.

Academic Visit to Tunis

Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger, Jean Magnano Bollinger, and Professor Safwan Masri, traveled to Tunis from January 6 to 10. During their trip, they met with a number of politicians, journalists, and academics, and gained a more nuanced understanding of developments in Tunisia.


Looking at Arab Education Through PISA TestsAl Fanar Media

Mapping the World’s Threatened Archaeological TreasuresColumbia News

ISIS Hard Talk – Jordan Business

Wishful Thinking in the U.S. Plans Against The Islamic State – Washington Post

Translation of Texts on Democracy

The Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life at Columbia University has partnered with All Prints Publishers in Beirut to translate and publish a number of important English language books on democracy and case studies on democratic transitions into Arabic, for distribution throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

Speaker Series Focused on Geopolitical Developments

As part of its ongoing Speaker Series, the Columbia Global Centers | Middle East hosted a number of talks in fall 2014 focused on important issues concerning geopolitical developments in the Middle East.


The Significance of Discontent: Arab Faces and Perceptions of Injustice - A Talk by Maha Yahya, Senior Associate at the Carnegie Middle East Center - March 4, 2015

A Talk by Hamadi Redissi, Professor of Political Science at University of Tunis and Visiting Scholar at Yale University - March 24, 2015

A Talk by Mehdi Jomaa, Former Prime Minister of Tunisia - April 1, 2015

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