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Summer Programs

Each summer, the school welcomes visiting students and working professionals to explore the world of international relations through courses and certificate programs. Whether you seek to build professional skills in a graduate certificate, complement an internship, or prepare for graduate school, you will be inspired by world-renowned faculty known for their academic and practical experience and build a network of talented classmates working across sectors and industries.

Summer Courses

Select among on-campus, online, or virtual courses for the schedule that works best for you. All summer courses are worth four graduate credits each, the same as during the academic year, and can be transferred to many of the schools degree programs.

Below are the confirmed courses for summer 2022. We will continue to add to the course list as more courses and details are confirmed.

On-campus and virtual classes: May 31-July 14, 2022

Structured for the working professional, on-campus and virtual courses are small and held two evenings per week, Monday-Thursday, from 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. in a condensed 6.5 week term. 

  • On-campus courses will be on-site. The COVID-19 vaccination is required for all students, staff, and faculty who will be on campus. Students will be required to upload proof of vaccination prior to the start of the term.
  • Virtual courses offer synchronous learning with live lectures held over Zoom.

John Karaagac: On-Campus
Focus Areas: Core; Leadership, Ethics, and Decision Making
Tuesday & Thursdays 6:00pm-9:00pm
Covering the history of American foreign policy from the Second World War to the present, students will gain a graduate-level understanding of the structural forces and individual agents that have shaped U.S. foreign policy over the past 100 years. The class focuses on four main topics: (1) the long-term origins of World War II, meaning the global power struggles that produced two world wars in four decades; (2) the Cold War that arose out of the superpower nuclear standoff; (3) the decades of optimism and uncertainty that followed the collapse of the Cold War order; (4) and debates historically surrounding American grand strategy.

Nina Gardner: On-campus
Focus areas: States, Markets, and Institutions; Development, Climate, and Sustainability
Monday & Wednesdays 6:00pm-9:00pm

This course is centered around three main questions: whether business should be concerned about its human rights impacts, the increasing importance of corporate human rights due diligence, and what type of remedy is available for victims of corporate abuse. Students will gain expertise on human rights related business risks and how to advise companies in a transnational business environment through role-playing exercises and case studies like the FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar and Apple in China. The course will focus on corporate sustainability, in light of pressures facing business at home and abroad, including their response to issues such as climate change, the COVID pandemic, and systemic racism. The class will address the crucial role of investors, civil society and consumers, and the legal regime in rewarding (and penalizing) businesses that do not take human rights and the environment into account. By the end of the course, students will have gained advocacy writing experience from the point of view of a civil society activist, as well as a corporate change maker, and the opportunity to engage first hand with guest lecturers working on these issues.

Elly Rostoum: Virtual
Focus Areas: Technology & Culture; China
Tuesday & Thursdays 6:00pm-9:00pm
This course examines the American and the Chinese conceptualizations of national security, and their implications on how each nation defines their grand strategies vis-à-vis one another. The first part of the course takes a deep look at the Chinese economic statecraft model, with a specific focus on how the state instrumentalizes commercial actors and foreign direct investment (FDI). Through case studies and guest lectures, the course explores the American response via the work of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). The course will trace CFIUS’ history, situating its role and impact within the interagency process, and diagnosing how this powerful body has accommodated emerging geopolitical threats. The second part of the course considers CFIUS’ role in relation to both research and development and foreign direct investment flows from key competitors. We will look specifically at Chinese FDI and foundational and critical technologies in telecom, biotech, computing, semiconductors, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things.  

Allison Berland: On-Campus
Focus areas: Core; Leaderships, Ethics, and Decision-Making
Monday & Wednesdays 6:00pm-9:00pm
Focusing on the major institutions of democratic political systems, such as electoral systems, presidentialism, federalism, and judicial and legal systems, the course aims to familiarize students with a diversity of frameworks to understand contemporary politics within countries. The course will draw upon real world cases to highlight functional issues such as democratic transitions, governance and corruption, and the relationship between development and democracy to explain political phenomena. For example, why did one country experience a successful democratic transition but its neighboring country did not? A central goal for this course is to bridge comparative politics theory with domestic and international politics in practice.
Required for the Certificate in International Development.

Brian Levy: Virtual
Focus area: Development, Climate, and Sustainability
Tuesday & Thursdays 6:00pm-9:00pm

The study of development reveals a range of proposals for economics, political and social reform and an equally wide range of constraints. But the challenge confronting development practitioners is to find a tractable and promising way forward, given country-specific realities like low-income and unsupportive politics and institutions of development. Drawing on a variety of emerging approaches to development policymaking, this course examines how to identify priorities for reform that are feasible in particular country circumstances and that have the potential to build and sustain momentum for development. Utilizing country-specific case studies, the course aims to help students better think through the development constraints and options in institutionally challenging settings.

Eduardo Cavallo: Virtual
Focus areas: Development, Climate, and Sustainability; International Economics; States, Markets, and Institutions
Tuesday & Thursdays 6:00pm-9:00pm
The course will focus on key macroeconomic and financial policy issues with a focus on Emerging Markets. The course is divided into two parts. The first part explores the causes, dynamics and consequences of selected crises episodes affecting emerging markets, from the debt crises of the 1980’s to the COVID-19 pandemic. The second part of the course addresses selected issues regarding crisis resolution, including the political economy of crises, their long run impacts on the economy, and the future of the international financial architecture. By the end of the course, it is expected that students will be able to identify the major factors leading to crises in emerging markets, assess the difficult policy trade-offs that policymakers face when dealing with crises, and evaluate alternative policy options.

Dennis Bowden: On-Campus
Focus area: Security, Strategy, and Statecraft
Monday & Wednesdays 6:00pm-9:00pm

This course examines the role of intelligence in the formulation of US national security by surveying intelligence organizations, relative strengths and weaknesses of collection disciplines, all-source analysis, and support to war fighters and national policymakers. Taught by a former analyst and executive with 26 years of experience, the course will emphasize intelligence from the practitioner’s point of view. The course will focus on current issues in intelligence, including the continuing evolution of post 9/11 reforms, the rise of non-state threats, and the intelligence lessons learned in Iraq and Afghanistan. A major theme throughout the course will be the challenges associated with reconciling civil liberties and individual freedom with the clandestine nature of collection, counterintelligence, and covert action.

Muhammad Husain: Virtual
Focus areas: Core; International Economics
Tuesday & Thursdays 6:00pm-9:00pm

This course provides an introduction to the study of international trade. The first part of the course will focus on theoretical frameworks designed to understand the drivers and implications of international trade and review empirical applications of these models. The second part of the course will cover distributional consequences of trade policy instruments, arguments for trade protection, and the organization of the world trade system. More advanced topics in microeconomics will be introduced throughout the course.

Prerequisite: Principles of Microeconomics

Required for the Certificate in International Economics.

Adnan Kummer: Virtual
Focus area: Core; International Economics
Monday & Wednesdays 6:00pm-9:00pm

Learn about the basic theory underlying international macroeconomics. Topics include international financial markets and the macroeconomics of open economies; balance of payments and the trade balance; exchange rates and the foreign exchange market; expectations, interest rates and capital flows; monetary and fiscal policy in open economies; exchange rate regimes; and macroeconomic policy in open economies. Basic algebra will be used in this class. This course is a prerequisite to most upper-level economics courses.

Prerequisite: Principles of Macroeconomics

Required for the Certificate in International Economics.

Jim Marckwardt: On-campus
Focus areas: Security, Strategy, and Statecraft; The Americas
Tuesday & Thursdays 6:00pm-9:00pm

This course provides an introduction to the study and analysis of both the history and the evolution of the security policy sphere. This policy sphere is defined in a broad sense—from nation states, to guerrillas and insurgencies, to organized crime, gangs, traffickers, that is, all enemies of the state. The main lens of analysis is the study of the multiple strategies that the US has implemented to confront the evolving conflict and security challenges in Latin America: some debatably successful like Plan Colombia, and others less so, such as the interventions in Nicaragua. The lack of economic opportunity, rampant corruption, weak rule of law and fragile government institutions continue to riddle Latin America and serve as migration factors. Newer initiatives such as the Merida Initiative, the Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) and the Alliance for Prosperity are also analyzed to learn from the past and the present to address shortfalls and potential solutions in a region beleaguered by insecurity and violence, in spite of the absence of international wars.

Edward Joseph and James Van de Velde: Virtual
Focus Areas: Security, Strategy and Statecraft; Technology & Culture
Monday & Wednesdays 6:00pm-9:00pm
What if warfare—the kind we see in World War II movies—never occurs again? The two great wars in Europe were total, unambiguous, and definitive. Warfare today appears ambiguous, murky, confusing, never ending and politically complicated—especially for the legalistic United States. Warfare today is a combination of low intensity conflict (often not violent conflict) and a fight over information via cyberspace – especially over ‘narratives’ that sway public opinion. The great powers specifically fight and stay in this early stage of warfare of cyberspace operations, information operations, and limited (or no) kinetic conflict, careful never to escalate to state-on-state war. This course will examine Russian hybrid warfare, Chinese ‘coercive gradualism,’ and how non-kinetic warfare (Information Operations, cyberspace operations) takes place and will likely remain the principal focus of national security policy today.

Online classes: May 31-July 24, 2022

Online classes are asynchronous learning divided into weekly modules, consisting of pre-recorded lectures, activities, and assignments housed in the Blackboard (Bb) learning management system. While there is no scheduled class time to attend, faculty will schedule weekly live meetings for you to interact with your classmates and synthesize the material reviewed in Bb. The live sessions are optional and may be recorded for those unable to attend. Assignments and activities, just as with in-person courses, have due dates and deadlines and are administered using Blackboard.

John Harrington: Online
Focus area: International Economics; Research Methods
Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:00pm-5:45pm

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to econometrics. Develops tools for estimating functional relationships and critically reading empirical studies that use different econometric techniques; presents assumptions of multivariate regression and discusses the most common econometric problems and the potential consequences and remedies; and discusses omitted variables, sample selection, heteroscedasticity, autocorrelation, multicollinearity and use of discrete variables. Introduces students to instrumental variable technique. Uses statistical software in applied exercises.

Prerequisite: Statistics for Data Analysis

Johannes Urpelainen: Online
Focus area: Development, Climate, and Sustainability
Tuesdays 12:00pm-1:00pm

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of energy, resources and environment. It covers a wide range of topics from the functioning of electricity markets to the challenge of climate policy and the management of air pollution. It also introduces a host of key concepts and analytical frameworks that underpin policy analysis in the field, such as notions of collective action and the role of regulatory agencies in monopolistic markets. The course pays particular attention to the energy-environment nexus, including the challenge of low-carbon development in an era of climate change.

John Harrington: Online
Focus area: International Economics; Data Analytics
Wednesdays 5:00pm-5:45pm and Fridays 12:00pm-12:45pm

Students will study basic statistical tools for data analysis. Emphasizes facility in problem-solving in statistical inference and two-variable regression and correlation analysis. Presents descriptive statistics, probability and probability distributions and their use in hypothesis testing. Uses computer to solve problems and to reinforce statistical concepts.

Andrew Cheon: Online
Thursdays 12:00pm-1:00pm

This course presents a set of tools for understanding, predicting and formulating policy on international conflict and cooperation. Examining leading schools of international relations theory, including Realism, Liberalism and Constructivism, the course will also survey topics such as alliance formation, nuclear deterrence, imperialism and international institutions. Students will explore the domestic sources of foreign policy, trade, global environmentalism, international law, the integration and disintegration of states, globalization and the future of international relations.

Required for the Certificate in International Studies.

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Summer Academies

Spend four weeks of your summer exploring international affairs in Bologna, Italy or Washington DC and earn four graduate-level credits. The program is open to undergraduates and recent college graduates.

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