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Area Studies

Regional studies or "area studies" are facing new methodological and theoretical challenges with the reorganization of the international system after the end of the Cold War. Current debates on the global economic crisis, international politics or even the meaning of religions demonstrate this: The modern world is shaped by processes of exchange and dependencies between different regions and can no longer be understood without knowledge of these interconnections.

At the Freie Universität Berlin there are three central institutes researching area studies on different regions of the world in their interdependent contexts:

- John-F. Kenndy Institute (JFK)

- Institute for Latin American Studies (LAI)

- Institute for East European Studies (OEI)