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Weekly Newsletters

Our weekly newsletters detailing international and comparative studies events on campus and in the Houston community. Events should be email us by Thursday the week before the event.


News and Events

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

Monday, April 21, 11:30-1:45 pm

"EU Security Policy and Transatlantic Relations"

Fran Burwell, Vice President and Director, Transatlantic Relations

Location: M106 (McElhinney Hall) 

Past Event List for the 2013-2014 Academic Year

Wednesday, February 19, 4 pm

Dangerous Liaisons: Organized Crime and Political Finance in Latin America

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

Cosponsored by: CICS and Latin American Studies

Location: Classrooms and Business Building (CBB) 120


Tuesday, February 25, 5:30 to 7 pm

Implementing Human Rights Treaties:  Implications for Corporate Practices.”

Dr. Corinne Lewis 

Co Sponsored by: Houston Journal of International Law and CICS

Location: UH Law School Heritage Room



Thursday, Februaury 13, 2014, 6:30-7:30 pm

"The Second Arab Awakening and the Battle for Pluralism"

Dr. Marwan Mausher, former Foreign Minister of Jordan (A copy of his book can be found here)

Sponsored by the World Affairs Council (WAC) of Houston


The Junior League

1811 Briar Oak Lane

Houston, TX 77027

Monday, February 10, 2014, 12-1:30 pm

"Crisis in the Ukraine: Balancing Energy and Politics Between East and West"

Lee Feinstein, former Ambassador to Poland

Sponsored by the World Affairs Council (WAC) of Houston


The Petroleum Club 

800 Bell St.

Houston, Texas 77002


Friday, February 7, 2014  6:30 pm 

"Sectarianism in the Middle East: A Brief History of a Modern Problem"

Ussama Makdisi, PhD, Professor of History and Arab-American Foundation Chair of Arab Studies at Rice University 

Location: Rice University, 301 Sewall Hall

 Space is limited. Please RSVP to 


Hezbollah Today 

Matthew Levitt will present his book, Hezbollah: the Global Footprint of Lebanon's Party of God

Wednesday, November 20, 10:30-11:30, AAA Auditorium 2



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

 David Firestein of the EastWest Institute

November 7, 1:30, Cullen College of Engineering, Room W-205



US and Iran: Is a Diplomatic Solution Finally Possible? 

 Trita Parsi

Thursday October 24, 3pm in Cullen 104


Indian Foreign Policy 

Dr. Tanvi Madan

Wednesday, September 25, 9 am, C104 (Roy Cullen-English Building)



Past Event List for the 2012-2013 Academic Year

UH Political Economy of the Rule of Law Workshop

Friday, May 31, 8-4 pm, Werlin Room, PGH


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

Friday, April 26, 11-2 pm, Room 328 University Classroom and Business Building (UCBB)


Climate Change and the Obama Administration

 Wednesday, February 20, from 11-12 pm


The EU Today: Connecting with Europe Workshop

Tuesday, February 12, 2-4 pm, Honors College Commons. (Snacks and coffee will be provided)


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

Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell

Thursday, February 7, 5pm, Honors Commons


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

Monday, December 3, 3:30-4:30 pm, Honors College Commons (MD Anderson Library)


The Role of Diaspora in Conflicts: Dr. Cindy Horst

Monday, November 12, 4 pm, AH204


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

Wednesday, October 17, 10 am, H 30 (Fred J. Heyne building)


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

Dr. Charles Anthony Smith

Tuesday, September 18, 2:30-4 pm, C104


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

Friday, September 14, 9-10 am, CEMO 109