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Georgetown’s Summer International Relations Program for High School Students for 2010 begins today

A photo from the 2009 Program

A photo from the 2009 Program

Since 1988, I have been running a week-long program for high school students interested in international relations under the auspices of Georgetown’s School for Continuing Studies. This afternoon about 229 high school students will check into the dorms to begin an intensive exploration of international relations. Working as the Student Coordinator for the Program is Ena Dekanic, a Georgetown student who has worked twice as a counselor for the Program and has extensive experience with Georgetown’s International Relations Association and Club.

Here is a list of many of the topics and speakers:

Georgetown University
International Relations Program for High School Students
July 11-18, 2010


Introduction: The International System

Professor Anthony Clark Arend

Instruments of Foreign Policy: An Overview
Professor David Edelstein

Promoting Order and Justice in the International System: International Law
Professor Anthony Clark Arend

Promoting Order and Justice in the International System: International Organization
Ambassador Mark P. Lagon

Challenges in the International System: Cross-Border Crises and Governance: Afghanistan and Pakistan
Professor Paula Newberg

Challenges in the International System:
Human Rights: A Culture in Crisis

Professors Daniel R. Porterfield and Anthony Clark Arend

Challenges in the International System: Information Technology
Professor Robert Michael Murray

Challenges in the International System: Terrorism
Professor Elizabeth Grimm

Challenges in the International System: The Global Economy
Professor George Shambaugh

Congressional Briefing, Senator John Barrasso (R-WY)

Challenges in the International System: Cyberwarfare
Professor Catherine Lotrionte

Challenges in the International System: Nuclear Weapons
Professor Phillip A. Karber

The Future: Strategic Challenges in a Changing World
Professor Elizabeth Grimm

On Saturday, the students will participate in a crisis simulation involving the Balkans. Led by Adam Giansiracusa, a Georgetown Student, the simulation should give the high school students an opportunity to apply what they have been learning.

I am looking to the week! If anybody has any last minute comments or suggestions, please feel free to weigh in!

And for fun– Here is a slide show that the Georgetown University students who served as Counselors put together for last-year’s program:

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Anthony Clark Arend is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Commentary and analysis at the intersection of international law and politics.