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Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

At Northwestern Buffett, we're asking hard questions...

  1. Can social media rebuild journalistic freedom?
  2. Can marginalized communities reverse the environmental challenges that impact them

... and we're finding new partners to help answer them.

  1. Can universities across the world partner to solve today's toughest problems?
  2. Can students build a grassroots movement to improve health around the world?

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We believe that relationships – among individuals and institutions, globally and locally – can fuel knowledge and develop solutions to global challenges.

Our Work and Impact

Northwestern University’s Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Affairs brings together the brightest minds from across Northwestern University and around the world to address critical global challenges that cannot be solved from a singular disciplinary or geographic perspective. Our mission is to foster meaningful engagement across borders of all kinds. We create opportunities for dialogue across academic disciplines—the humanities, social sciences, business, law, medicine, the arts and more—and catalyze connections between researchers and experts from government, industry, nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations worldwide.

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Narcotrafficking, Statemaking and Inequality: Experiences from Mexico and Colombia

In this Northwestern Buffett "Building Sustainable Futures: Global Challenges and Possibilities" webinar, Northwestern University associate professor of History Lina Britto was joined by journalist and author of Drug War Capitalism Dawn Marie Paley to break down dominant myths around narcotrafficking and the war on drugs in Mexico and Colombia.


Why 'smart' sanctions are just as inhumane as comprehensive ones:...

May 18, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

This presentation tracks the relationship between the weaponization of the US dollar and the nuclearization of the Irani...

Why 'smart' sanctions are just as inhumane as comprehensive ones:...

May 18, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Emrah Yıldız is Crown Junior Chair in Middle East Studies and Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Middle East & Nort...

Virtual International Classroom Partnering Grant Showcase

May 24, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

The Buffett Institute for Global Affairs and the Office of the Vice President for International Relations are excited to...