Exploring Global Challenges

Scholarship • Engagement • Collaboration

Our Global Focus

Research

We bring together scholars from many fields to examine challenges such as religious freedom, military power, energy security and more.

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Featured Program

The Global Politics and Religion research group's program, Talking ‘Religion’: Publics, Politics and the Media, provides scholars with new avenues for publicizing their work and journalists with new ways of understanding and conceptualizing religion in their reporting.

Student Engagement

In addition to our international research, we encourage engagement through study abroad and support for students hoping to make a difference in the world.

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Featured Opportunity

With our global engagement program, students go beyond the classroom to apply their learning and gain hands-on experience in the field. Community-based research fellowships combine community knowledge and university knowledge to address global issues through actionable research.

Speakers & Events

We bring together scholars from many fields to examine challenges such as religious freedom, military power, energy security and more.

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Webcasts

Watch Buffett Institute talks on critical issues facing the world, including development economist Paul Collier, Tiananmen student leader Wang Dan, "genius grant" winner Esther Duflo, and moral philosopher Peter Singer.

Our People

A Community of Scholars and Students

The Buffett Institute is made up of scholars and experts who are determined to understand and tackle global problems.

Spotlight

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Executive Director Annelise Riles

The global anthropologist and legal scholar, who is also the Associate Provost for Global Affairs, began at Northwestern on September 1.