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Director’s Welcome

The Center for International Affairs and World Cultures (CIAWC) was relaunched in 2023 as a new home for research and timely discussion on major world events.  Our signature global crisis speakers series spotlights a range of perspectives about today’s most pressing global challenges, such as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the future of AI and governance, international cooperation in outer space, the war in Israel and Gaza, the geopolitics of China, and many more.  Underlying all of the center’s activities is the question of how international cooperation, empathy, and diplomacy can help tackle major world challenges.  To investigate this, our invited speakers and affiliated scholars provide context and expertise, stemming from history, culture, identity, and policy.  CIAWC is poised to be a leading venue for the discussion and investigation of global security issues, policy solutions, and timely analysis.  Building on strengths in interdisciplinarity, regional expertise, and networks beyond the university, we aim to be a resource for the Northeastern community and beyond.