The Global Response to Ebola Outbreak: What Took So Long?

Columbia physician and Ebola survivor Craig Spencer says community engagement and trust-building are the best tools to combat the epidemic.

News and Research

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Mueller’s Testimony and the New Normal

Political scientist Timothy Frye says if small steps like increasing election security are not politically tenable, then we can expect Russia, China, Iran and others to influence our elections in 2020.

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    Choke points on the Strait of Hormuz
    How Energy Markets Influence Geopolitics and Global Economy

    Energy policy expert Jason Bordoff and economist Christof Rühl discuss the geopolitics of energy markets and escalating tensions in the Strait of Hormuz.

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    Civic Leaders and Changemakers from Around the World

    Columbia World Projects welcomes new Obama Foundation Scholars from Argentina, Cuba, Denmark, France, Israel, Kenya, Lebanon, Myanmar, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Uganda and Yemen.

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    Donald Keene at poet Basho’s tomb in Zeze, Japan, 1955. (Courtesy of Seiki Keene)
    Remembering 'Beloved Sensei' Donald Keene

    In more than half a century at Columbia, Donald Keene was the premier scholar of Japanese culture in the West. Highly respected as a teacher, his public memorial in Tokyo drew 1,500 people. 

    No-Boundaries exhibitions... present a unique opportunity to leverage the power of the arts as a lingua franca that connects human beings across geographical, linguistic, and cultural borders.” — Safwan Masri, Executive Vice President, Columbia Global Centers

    Victor Cha (SIPA ’86), author of The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future, returns to SIPA to discuss North Korea and Trump's relationship with Kim after the Hanoi summit. Read more here


    What does it mean to be a Muslim philosopher, or to philosophize in Islam? Souleymane Bachir Diagne shows how Islamic philosophy has always engaged critically with texts and ideas both inside and outside its tradition. Read more here.


    Global Center Beijing shares the history of Columbia University and China as part of the Columbia-China History Project. Early Chinese alumni include Hu Shih, V. K. Wellington Koo, Zhou Ziqi and Tang Shaoyi. (In Chinese)

    In the News

    Trump Doubles Down on Failed Cuba Policy

    Christopher Sabatini, whose research focuses on foreign policy, democracy and human rights, discusses President Trump’s policies and their impact on Cuban citizens.

    The New York Times, July 24, 2019.

    Elles répliquent à Trump

    Robert Y. Shapiro, who specializes in U.S. politics, spoke about President Trump's tweets targeting Democratic congresswomen. (in French). 

    La Presse+, July 16, 2019

    The Neocolonial Arrogance of the Kushner Plan

    Arab studies scholar Rashid Khalidi wrote about White House senior adviser Jared Kushner’s plan for Palestine. Khalidi is the author of the forthcoming The Hundred Years’ War on the Palestine.

    New York Review of Books, June 12, 2019.




    Carol Gluck, historian and chair of Columbia's Committee on Global Thought, recounts the history of U.S. perceptions of Japan's Emperor Akihito who reigned from 1989 until his abdication this year (in Chinese).

    NIKKEI—日本经济新闻中文版, May 27, 2019