World Leaders Forum

Nobel laureate Leymah Gbowee at the Feb. 18 World Leaders Forum Image credit: Eileen Barroso/Columbia University

When Liberian activists held a sit-in, their whole nation stood up and noticed.

Columbia’s campuses were largely spared the ravages of Hurricane Sandy, which destroyed neighborhoods, flooded tunnels, forced hospitals evacuations and knocked out power to millions throughout the region. But many in the tri-state area face a challenging path to recovery.

From left: Glen Hubbard and Jeffrey Liebman debating on Oct. 8 during the World Leaders Forum Image credit: Michael Dames/Columbia University

Debate season isn’t confined to television screens as the presidential campaign hurtles to Election Day. Columbia representatives of President Barack Obama (CC’83) and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are going toe-to-toe making their candidates’ case for election.

Ten years after the end of a brutal civil war a more hopeful nation has emerged from the ashes, Liberia’s president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf told a packed crowd of Columbia University faculty, administrators and students at a World Leaders Forum on Sept. 27.

Aung San Suu Kyi led a lively discussion at the World Leaders Forum on Sept. 22. (Image credit: Eileen Barroso/Columbia University)

Long before she was a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and spent 15 of the past 21 years under house arrest as a political prisoner in Burma, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said she learned how to survive her pressure cooker-like imprisonment from an actual pressure cooker.

In anticipation of the potential for experimental verification of the existence of the Higgs boson—a long-hypothesized particle thought responsible for endowing other elementary particles with mass—the World Leaders Forum hosted a special program, co-sponsored by the Columbia Science Initi

Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid spoke of the tenuous state of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Image credit: Eileen Barroso/Columbia University

The United States faces few good choices in its dealings with Afghanistan and Pakistan, says a longtime expert in the region, and must take a “longer view” than what has been exhibited in a decade plus of conflict.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. (CC’73, Law’76), speaking Feb. 23 at a World Leaders Forum at Columbia, said that the Obama Administration has aggressively investigated the fraud and corruption that fueled the 2008 economic crisis.