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International Relations

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International Relations
Starr Lee, Senior Academic Program Coordinator
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Washington, DC 20036
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Globalization, resource scarcity, and rapid advances in new technologies, have profoundly altered political, socioeconomic, and cultural forces around the world. International Relations explores the balance of global power through courses in conflict management, history, political economy, international law and prepares students to address tomorrow’s unknown global challenges and opportunities.

Become an Expert

Combine quantitative skills in economics and statistics with a focus on diplomacy and theories of international relations. Undertake an internship and gain hands-on experience in the field.


Featured Courses

Learn to define the most pressing problems of world order and to articulate the goals of foreign policy.


World Order in the 21st Century

This course will consider the challenges of nuclear proliferation, alliance formation and dissociation, the deterioration of territorial security, and the international political economy implications of vast changes caused by international development.

It will contrast terrorism caused by non-state actors with the risk of war among the Great Powers. It will examine how massive structural change shatters expectations about future foreign policy role and the impact this has on the probability of war. Finally it will consider the strategies the United States ought to pursue, in conjunction with other actors, in the attempt to establish a more lasting world order.


Values, Interests, and the Crafting of American Foreign Policy

The course is designed to deconstruct key foreign policy concepts, expose procedural and structural influences upon policy formulation, and equip students to shape foreign policy through effective argument and tactics.

Students will examine how interests and values are understood and manifested in the political and bureaucratic process of crafting US foreign policy. The class begins by exploring the concepts of national interest and individual rights and considering their relationship to US history and political ideology. It analyzes changes in the character and balance of interests and human rights in rhetoric, policy, and organizational structure, probing the links between American decision making and international and nongovernmental influences and institutions. Political and bureaucratic factors shaping US policy formulation are explored through consideration of topics such the use of foreign assistance and sanctions, torture and US prosecution of the "war on terror", military non/intervention in Rwanda, Sudan Iraq, Libya, and Syria and US engagement with European partners and the United Nations.


International Mediation

This course aims to systematically approach the various uses, techniques, and problems of using mediation as a form of third party intervention to manage, resolve, or transform international conflicts.

Students will become familiar with various factors that affect both the process and the outcome of international mediation through an examination of the variety of contextual factors that condition any process of international mediation and analyze the various behavioral factors that affect the process and outcome of international mediation. Students will also study the importance of specific types of agreements that are reached through mediation and their particular impact on both the short and long run.

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Constitutional Development & Democratization

There have been dramatic constitutional developments and legal reform in recent years in all ‘developing’ or ‘emerging’ regions of the world, one just has to think of the ‘Arab Spring.’

The spread of general principles of human rights and constitutional, representative government based on the rule of law, as either spurs for development or desirable outcomes of development, seems both possible and urgently necessary. This course examines the nature, fate and prospects for constitutional development and democratization in developing states from the perspective of comparative constitutional law, using case studies drawn from different parts of the world. In particular, the course employs the methods typically used in the analysis of comparative constitutional law and focuses on constitution-making and constitutional amendment; forms of state and forms of government; electoral laws; federalism, regionalism and devolution; the role and functions of constitutional and supreme courts; electoral management bodies.

Learn From the Best

Study with world-class experts who are renowned for their scholarship, influence, and networks.

Eugene Finkel

Associate Professor

Susanna Mancini

Adjunct Professor of International Law

Nina Hall

Assistant Professor of International Relations

Yascha Mounk

Associate Professor of the Practice

In the News

The big story: History will judge Trump’s enablers harshly.

Anne Applebaum interviewed for The Atlantic, 6/25

Geopolitics, sport, soft power: Soccer and the Arab Gulf.

David Ellwood wrote for USC Center on Public Diplomacy’s CPD Blog, 6/23

China’s new western horizon.

Daniel Markey’s book reviewed in The Cipher Brief, 6/23

The voice of America will sound like Trump.

Anne Applebaum wrote in The Atlantic, 6/22

Nick Clegg is on the wrong side of history at Facebook.

Anne Applebaum cited in The Guardian, 6/20

Sino-Indian border clash unlikely to escalate further.

Daniel Markey quoted on Radio Free Asia, 6/17

“Beyond the beltway”—what’s the civil-military crisis?”

Paula Thornhill wrote in War on the Rocks, 6/17

Advance Your Career

Gain the intellectual framework and analytic skills necessary to enter a variety of roles across the public, private, multilateral, and nonprofit sectors.

Advance Your Career

Recent Internships

  • Africa Center for Strategic Studies
  • American Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai
  • Ministry of External Affairs, India
  • UN Women
  • US Department of Commerce
  • World Bank Group

Recent Employers

  • Apple Inc.
  • Foreign Policy
  • Gartner
  • Goldman Sachs
  • International Monetary Fund
  • Ipsos
  • McKinsey & Company
  • US Department of State


Build Your Network

Join a diverse, accomplished, influential community of scholars, practitioners, alumni, and students working across sectors in 140 countries around the world.

Students walking in DC

The school's strategic locations allows for invaluable networking and employment opportunities.

Networking Internationally

Students gain first-hand insights from global leaders on a wide-range of topics during events hosted at the school throughout the academic year.

A Valuable Education on Two Continents

"As someone who grew up in Southeast Asia, it is fascinating for me to analyze the region as a field of inquiry while critically engaging with peers and experts to explore its significance in global politics."

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Within Blocks of the White House

"While it was challenging to juggle my full-time internship and class schedule, the school's DuPont Circle location made it simple for me to easily get to class from the White House."

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Beyond the Classroom

Experience the study of international relations up close through study treks, networking, and unmatched access to leading experts in the field.

World-Class Events

Hear groundbreaking research from leading scholars at our weekly seminars. Recent sessions have explored topics including controversies over government whistleblowers disclosing classified documents to the media, and psychology and decision-making dynamics in foreign policy.

Careers in Diplomacy Club

Open doors to the diplomacy profession by connecting with colleagues across the school. Network with alumni and practitioners, gain job seeking advice, and game plan for the foreign service exam.

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Student Government Association

Serve as the liaison between the student body and administration, offering ideas for programming at the school and selecting guest speakers for the faculty research seminar series.

Networking Events

Network with alumni and professionals and organize student-led events exploring your area of interest's challenges and opportunities outside the classroom.