SIPA is home to five centers and institutes that help focus our work in key areas of public policy. They sponsor research, events, and other programming that bring scholars, students, and policymakers together for fascinating dialogue and learning. We are also affiliated with more than a dozen additional centers, many of them devoted to multidisciplinary exploration of specific regions around the world.
Founded in 1959, the Institute of African Studies provides an intellectual forum for Africa-related activities, outside the classroom. It brings speakers and visiting scholars to the campus, organizes conferences, and serves as a resource center for students seeking opportunities to work, study, and travel in Africa. The institute concentrates on sub-Saharan Africa, while North Africa is included in the programs of the Middle East Institute.
The Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) is the center for Latin America policy development and research at Columbia University. The institute provides its students and faculty with access to the resources of one of the major policy institutions in the world. ILAS also serves as a focal point for a network of Latin American and U.S. scholars engaged in dialogue on a wide range of issues.
The Middle East Institute of Columbia University, founded in 1954, has helped to set the national pace in developing an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the Middle East, from the rise of Islam to the present, with a primary focus on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Fostering an interregional and multidisciplinary approach to the region, the Institute focuses on the Arab countries, Armenia, Iran, Israel, Turkey, Central Asia, and Muslim diaspora communities.
Founded in 1951 under the sponsorship of Dwight D. Eisenhower, during his tenure as president of Columbia University, the Institute of War and Peace Studies (SIWPS) was renamed the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies (SIWPS) in March 2003. Created to promote understanding of the "disastrous consequences of war upon man's spiritual, intellectual, and material progress," the institute has become one of the leading research centers on international relations in the United States. Its researchers have probed the political, military, historical, legal, economic, moral, psychological, and philosophical dimensions of international relations; and contributed to the general discourse by authoring...
The South Asian Institute coordinates the many activities at Columbia University that relate to Southern Asia, mainly the countries of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, and the Maldives. Its conferences, seminars, exhibits, films, and lecture series bring together faculty and students with widely varying interests and backgrounds.
The Center for Brazilian Studies is intended to serve as a regular platform for government officials, business representatives, union leaders, and politicians visiting from Brazil. The center also attracts Brazilian academics, students, and faculty for periods of up to a year in which they focus on their research, interact with their counterparts at Columbia, as well as speak publicly about their research results. Finally, the center serves as a focal point for American students and faculty with deep interest in, and knowledge of, Brazil.
The East Central European Center was established in 1954 to promote the study of the modern history, politics, languages, cultures, and societies of the region. It does so in cooperation with various departments at the University and by arranging for supplemental instruction by visiting and adjunct professors. The center sponsors courses, symposia, conferences, and lectures by prominent scholars and practitioners.
The Harriman Institute at Columbia University is one of the world's leading academic institutions devoted to Russian, Eurasian and East European studies. Our mission is to serve our community at the university and beyond by supporting research, instruction, and dialogue, sponsoring vibrant and multidisciplinary events that bring together our extraordinary resources of faculty, students, and alumni. We are committed to training the next generation of regional specialists to play leadership roles in setting the academic and scholarly agenda, making policy and challenging accepted truths about how we study our rapidly changing world.
Since its establishment in 1949, Columbia University's East Asian Institute has been a major center for research, teaching, and publishing on modern and contemporary Asia Pacific activities, covering China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Korean peninsula, and the countries of Southeast Asia. The institute is affiliated with Columbia's schools of business, law, international and public affairs, and Arts and Sciences, bringing together over fifty full-time faculty, a diverse group of visiting scholars and professionals, and more than 250 students from the United States and abroad.