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About CICS Activities and Events

CICS sponsors a number of activities throughout the year and encourages the interest in international and comparative studies. In 2012-2013, CICS brought more than six nationally recognized speakers to campus to discuss current affairs with students, faculty and the Houston community. The Center also orchestrated a conference on oil and gas development in Latin America and brought local and national experts together for the UH and broader Houston community. In 2014, CICS has hosted speakers and experts on international relations between the US and India, Iran, and Russia, along with an expert on Lebanon's Hezbollah movement. CICS also hopes to sponsor research projects on topics including culture and democracy, oil nationalization, and the prediction of state collapse. These projects will involve UH faculty and students at both the graduate and undergraduate level.


Upcoming Events

Mainstream Muharram: Exploring Political, Religious, and Cultural Expressions of Shi'a Islam

Event 1: October 28: 7-8:30 pm

Telling and Retelling Karbalā’: Three Competing Political and Social Attitudes Amongst Shi‘a Muslims in the United States

Presenter: Dr. Cyrus Ali Contractor, Political Science, University of Houston

Location: KIVA Room in Farrish Hall, University of Houston

Event 2: November 4, 6:30-8pm

Charismatic Appeal or Communitas? Visitation to the Shrines of the Imams

Presenter: Dr. Liyakat Takim, Sharjah Chair of Global Islam, Religious Studies, McMaster University

Location: Rockwell Pavilion, Second floor of MD Anderson Library, University of Houston

Event 3:  November 11, 6:30-8pm

A Night of Mourning: An Exhibition of Modern and Traditional Shi‘a Elegiac Poetry and Prose

Location: KIVA Room in Farrish Hall, University of Houston

Past Event List for the 2015-2016 Academic Year


The Iran Nuclear Deal

Dr. Nasser Hadian-Jazy, Faculty of Law and Political Science at the University of Tehran

Past Event List for the 2014-2015 Academic Year

Egypt’s Turbulent Politics: From ‘Revolution’ to ‘Coup’ to Democracy?

Dr. Samer Shehata, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Oklahoma


Immigration Policy and America's Foreign Relations: A Roundtable Discussion

Panelists: The Honorable Christopher Ashby (Former US Ambassador to Uruguay), Beto Cardenas (Counsel, Vinson & Elkins LLP), The Honorable Marty McVey (USAID, President of McVey and Associates LLC, and Candidate for Mayor of the City of Houston), and Gordon Quan (Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Quan Law Group)

Turkey's Foreign Policy: A Case of Democratic Peace?

Professor Kivanc Ulusoy of Istanbul University

Analyzing Latin American Politics Conference


25 Years after the Berlin Wall: Successes and Failures in the Post-Communist World

Prof. Julia Gray, University of Pennsylvania, Prof. Tanya Bagashka, University of Houston, Prof. Alin Fumurescu, University of Houston, Moderated by Prof. Ryan Kennedy, University of Houston


Past Event List for the 2013-2014 Academic Year

EU Security Policy and Transatlantic Relations

Fran Burwell, Vice President and Director, Transatlantic Relations

Dangerous Liaisons: Organized Crime and Political Finance in Latin America

Dr. Kevin Casas-Zamora, Secretary for Political Affairs, Organization of American States

Implementing Human Rights Treaties:  Implications for Corporate Practices

Dr. Corinne Lewis

Hezbollah Today 

Matthew Levitt

U.S.-Russia Relations Today:  Issues, Challenges and Prospects 

 David Firestein

 US and Iran: Is a Diplomatic Solution Finally Possible? 

 Trita Parsi 

Indian Foreign Policy 

Dr. Tanvi Madan



Past Event List for the 2012-2013 Academic Year

UH Political Economy of the Rule of Law Workshop

First Annual Spring Mini Conference: Reforming Mexico’s Oil Sector

Climate Change and the Obama Administration

The EU Today: Connecting with Europe Workshop

We Need Not Be Enemies: Iran and the U.S. In the 21st Century

Ambassador Terence McCulley: The Future of U.S.-Nigeria Relations

The Role of Diaspora in Conflicts: Dr. Cindy Horst

Ben-Dror Yemini: Israel Through the Eyes of a Journalist

The Rise and Fall of War Crimes Trials: From Charles I to Bush II

The Mexican Energy Reformation: President Peña Nieto's Election and the Future of Mexican Energy Politics