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The Center for International Affairs and World Cultures (CIAWC) is pleased to announce the first edition of the International Affairs Policy Brief series. The program’s goal is to tap into Northeastern’s network of undergraduate and graduate students to discover innovative answers to growing foreign policy concerns that the U.S. may confront. 

The program allows applicants to put their academic expertise to the test by translating it into policy language and insights. Applicants are invited to submit 2,000-2,5000-word policy briefs analyzing a current issue and providing policy recommendations.


  • The Center for International Affairs and World Cultures (CIAWC) invites submissions from current undergraduate students and master’s students studying in any field or major at Northeastern University.

Financial award

  • A small honorarium of $250 will be provided for any selected student submissions.

Please refer to the Center’s list of potential topics, or feel free to submit your own.

1. U.S.-led or- supported actions with the G7, NATO, or through the UN to do 1 or more of:

● promoting peace and security

● responding to cyber-threats from China or Russia

● responding to the COVID-19 pandemic

2. Applying lessons gained from the COVID-19 response and recovery to educating and

increasing the United States’ foreign aid in pandemic preparedness and recovery such as:

● strengthening health systems

● education for refugees and forcibly displaced youth

● protections for migrant workers in the care economy

3. Strategies the United States should continue to support developing countries in their efforts

to combat climate change through mitigation and adaptation with a strong focus on the

needs and rights of women and marginalized vulnerable groups

● Feminist approach to climate change governance

● Small island developing states (SIDS)

● Indigenous peoples’ solutions