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

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 224 high school students will check into the dorms to begin an intensive exploration of international relations. Here is a list of topics and speakers:

Georgetown University
International Relations Program for High School Students
July 12-19, 2009


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 Organization
A Debate with:
Professors Christopher C. Joyner and Marc Busch

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

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

Professors Daniel R. Porterfield and Anthony Clark Arend

Congressional Briefing
James Walkinshaw
Chief of Staff to Congressman Gerald E. Connolly

Challenges in the International System: Terrorism
Professor Elizabeth Grimm

Challenges in the International System: Piracy
Professors Brian Kritz and Jessica Raper

Challenges in the International System: Failed States
Professor Paula Newberg

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

Challenges in the International System: Cyberwarfare
Professor Catherine Lotrionte

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

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

The Future: Strategic Challenges in a Changing World
Dr. Abiodun Williams
Vice President, Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention
United States Institute of Peace

Beginning on Friday evening and continuing all day Saturday, the students will participate in a crisis simulation involving Somalia. Led by Anupam Chakravarty, a Georgetown student, who is the Student Coordinator for the Program, 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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One Comment

  • Marko says:

    I participated in the program in 1998, and it was the single greatest reason that I applied and enrolled at Georgetown! It is a fabulous opportunity for young people to think about an education in international relations, and live on campus in a college setting for a week. Thanks Dr. Arend for this great 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.