The mission of DUCIGS is to:

  • Support, engage, and connect researchers, students, departments, and schools to work on international issues

  • Promote interdisciplinary research and education to understand and engage with challenging global issues

  • Support and coordinate the activities of the area studies centers, councils, and initiatives

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Director's Letter


Dear Friends,

This year was a very exciting time for DUCIGS and its affiliated units. We organized and co-sponsored over 280 events, funded research and travel for over 120 students and faculty, and continued to facilitate international and global conversations on campus and beyond.

This past academic year, DUCIGS solidified its efforts to promote the study of governance, diplomacy, international development, and politics by hosting among other guests former heads of state from around the world. Raila Odinga, the former prime minister of Kenya, visited campus in October; he spoke of the economic future of Africa. And in March, Luis Guillermo Solís, the former president of Costa Rica, presented on threats to democracy today and issues facing Central America. In addition to their lectures, both visitors engaged with students and faculty.

Last fall DUCIGS closely collaborated with the Office of Global Affairs (OGA) in the organization of the Duke at Home in the World series, which celebrated international education on campus. These highly attended events allowed Duke students and faculty to engage with the invited speakers on topics of relevance at the local and international levels.

DUCIGS in collaboration with other units in the research triangle also supported cultural events in the arts and humanities. To highlight just a few, we’ve supported art exhibits, musical performances, and film festivals. Also, the inTransit project explored migration in the romance regions of Europe and North Africa through specialized courses, seminars, art exhibits, and panel conversations.

We sponsored 12 global graduate working groups on global issues, which study a variety of topics including land conflicts in Africa, economic development in Asia, and global environmental health and energy. DUCIGS also funded numerous global experiences this year. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty traveled around the world engaging in research, immersing themselves in language learning, and participating in conferences, workshops, and seminars.

We are particularly proud of our new Global Working Paper Series, which provides a forum for international and global research conducted by Duke faculty and visiting scholars from across the disciplines. The series has published 14 papers since May, and we anticipate publishing at least 20 more working papers within the next academic year.

In 2019-2020 we are excited to launch a new program, Rethinking Diplomacy, with support from the Josiah Charles Trent Foundation Endowment Fund.  Through this program, we intend to bring together Duke researchers, students, diplomats and practitioners to work on projects in specialized areas such as environmental diplomacy, water diplomacy, health diplomacy, debt diplomacy among other themes.

The past academic year has been wonderfully productive as you will find in this annual report. I would like to personally thank the DUCIGS team and our partners for all of their efforts as well as our sponsors for their continuous support. I’m very thankful to lead DUCIGS, and I know the next year holds even better things to come. Stay connected with us throughout the year on


Best Regards,
Giovanni Zanalda
Director, Duke University Center for International and Global Studies

Centers & Initiatives

Asian Pacific Studies Institute
Asian Pacific Studies Institute

2018-2019/ Asia/ Centers

Africa Initiative
Africa Initiative

2018-2019/ Africa/ Initiatives

Duke Brazil Initiative
Duke Brazil Initiative

2018-2019/ Initiatives/ South America

Belt and Road Initiative
Belt and Road Initiative

2018-2019/ Asia/ Initiatives

Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

2018-2019/ Centers/ North America/ South America

Duke India Initiative
Duke India Initiative

2018-2019/ Asia/ Initiatives

Duke Islamic Studies Center
Duke Islamic Studies Center

2018-2019/ Asia/ Centers

Global Asia Initiative
Global Asia Initiative

2018-2019/ Asia/ Initiatives

Concilium on Southern Africa
Concilium on Southern Africa

2018-2019/ Africa/ Initiatives

Observatory on Europe
Observatory on Europe

2018-2019/ Centers/ Europe

John Hope Franklin Center
John Hope Franklin Center

2018-2019/ Centers


At DUCIGS, we value our partnerships and over the last year have expanded into new ventures and collaborations both at Duke and externally. In October, we collaborated with various DKU and Duke centers in the organization of a symposium at the Duke-Kunshan campus on the Belt and Road Initiative. In May, DUCIGS and the Duke Center for International Development (DCID) organized the workshop “Responding to the Crisis in the Northern Triangle” at the Duke in Washington, DC office, which explored the underlying causes of recent migration from the region. Also in May, as part of our partnership with Venice International University (VIU), we contributed to the organization of an international conference on Republics and Republicanism that took place at the VIU campus in Venice.

Signature Series

Global Political Perspectives

Seeking to foster leadership sensibilities beyond the U.S. political scene.

Global Governance

Global Governance

DUCIGS launched this series in 2016 to bring global governance leaders and experts to Duke.

Rethinking Development

Rethinking Development

A flagship program to feature speakers with exciting new approaches to development.

Biddle Lecture

Anthony J, Drexel Biddle, Jr. Lecture on International Studies

The Honorable Brain A. Nichols gave the 2018 Biddle Lecture.

Diplomat in Residence

Diplomat in Residence

Career Foreign Service Officers providing guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community.

Wednesdays at the Center


W@TC is a topical weekly series in which scholars, artists, journalists, and others speak informally about their work.

Notable Programs

Highlights from The New Building Blocks of Development conference.


The Duke Center for International Development (DCID) and the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies (DUCIGS) hosted the first annual Duke Conference on International Development on November 15-16, 2018 as part of Duke at Home in the World- an initiative of the Duke Office for Global Affairs. This conference brought together the Duke University community with leaders, researchers, and other interested in international development. It served as a platform for engaging policymakers, showcasing exceptional work being done by our faculty and students, generating new ideas, and fostering productive partnerships.


The Duke University Center for International and Global Studies (DUCIGS) hosted a workshop ‘Realism, Liberal Internationalism, History: Conceiving a New Research Agenda’ on February 8-9, 2019 at Duke University. The goal of the workshop was to bring together a small group of leading scholars from Europe and the United States to, first, help take stock of recent developments in historiography, and, second, conceive a new research agenda for the study of “realism” and “liberal internationalism” in the theory and practice of international relations. The workshop was intended as an exploratory exercise aimed at the eventual publication of an edited volume of essays. The workshop was organized by Duke alumni Dr. Matthew Specter (DUCIGS/UC Berkeley) and Dr. Daniel Bessner (University of Washington).

This is a video clip from the roundtable presentation on “Realism and Liberal Internationalism after Trump: The Future of U.S. Foreign Policy in Transatlantic Perspective?”

Deborah Lipstadt speaks at Duke

Deborah E. Lipstadt gives the first annual “Confronting Hate” lecture.


A new university speaker series addressing various forms of hate and bias launched on March 25th with Emory University historian Deborah Lipstadt tracing the rise of anti-Semitism in the United States and Europe.

Sponsored by the offices of the Duke University President and Provost, the series “Confronting Hate” will expand the campus dialogue on issues of bias. The series comes at a time when campus communities across the nation are experiencing growing numbers of hate-based acts while also struggling to respond to these incidents and also support traditional intellectual values of free speech and debate.


We support global research, academic travel, and language learning opportunities through student and faculty awards.

DUCIGS and its affiliated centers and initiatives administer 22 student awards. These global studies student awards support both undergraduate and graduate while they conduct research abroad, learn a language, or travel for academic conferences.
This year 90 students received awards to travel around the world. Their research questions spanned the disciplines and included community organizing in post-hurricane Puerto Rico, female under employment in Pakistan, and emerging running economies in Tanzania.
Duke students received funding to attend conferences like the Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation 56th Annual Meeting, World Congress of the Eureopean Association for Pallative Care, and Caribbean Philosophical Association’s Summer School.

Group Support

DUCIGS supported 25 student groups including 12 Global Graduate Working Groups, seven African Initiative faculty groups, and six student Africa Initiative Groups.

2018-2019 DUCIGS Award Breakdown

  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate
  • Faculty

2019 Graduate Grant Recipients

Graduate grant Recipients

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad

2018 DDRA Fellow

Fulbright-Hays awarded a Duke graduate students DDRA fellowship in 2018.

2019 Undergraduate Grant Recipients

Undergraduate Grant Recipients


Master of Arts in East Asian Studies

Students in the Master of Arts in East Asian Studies program engage in the interdisciplinary study of China, Japan and/or Korea.
The Duke University Center for International & Global Studies (DUCIGS) invites proposals for Graduate Working Groups on Global Issues at the start of each academic year. DUCIGS provides funding for expenses related to meetings, such as  readings, audio-visual materials, and food. Groups are eligible to request additional support for special programming during the academic year, including workshops, symposia, mini-conferences, and publications.

2018-2019 Graduate Working Groups on Global Issues

  • Challenges in International Development
  • Forest Elephant**
  • Graduates Engineering & Researching Microbiomes (GERM)
  • Global Environmental Health & Energy
  • Identity, Subjectivity & Urban Imagination in East Asia*
  • Informed Choices for Equitable Development
  • Land Conflicts & Reforms in Africa: Past, Present & Future (DAGPSA)**
  • Marxism: History, Theory & Practice
  • (The) Moving Aesthetics of Empire
  • Ocean Policy
  • Slavery, War and Gender
  • State & Economic Development in Asia*
Sponsored by the Global Asia Initiative (*) and the Africa Initiative (**).
To learn more about the working groups visit:
Duke University students, both undergraduate and graduate, and faculty are afforded special opportunities to study or teach at Venice International University. Undergraduate programs are administered through the Duke Global Education Office.

Undergraduate Opportunities at VIU

  • Duke in Venice
    • Fall
    • Spring
    • Academic Year

Graduate Opportunities at VIU

  • VIU Winter/Summer/Autumn Schools
  • VIU International PhD Academy
  • VIU Graduate Seminars
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