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International Development and Economic Policy (IDEP)

Economic issues figure prominently in every aspect of international affairs. Professionals who have the relevant expertise and commitment to contribute to this vital dimension of policy are needed. The international economics and development concentration equips students with the theory and practice necessary to contribute to the exploration of international economic policies. The focus of this concentration includes policy issues in international trade, finance and development, and economic and political interactions among and between governments. With this academic preparation, careers may be pursued in a variety of international institutions and national agencies charged with conducting economic interactions worldwide as well as in nongovernmental organizations and the private sector.

National Security and Diplomacy (NS&D)

The national security and diplomacy concentration provides students with the knowledge and intellectual skills necessary for contributing to the protection of the national society in an anarchical international system. The program emphasizes the need for dynamic threat assessment capabilities (both intelligence collection and analysis), the role of strategy and the use of force in international politics, alternative means of addressing potential dangers, and the concepts and tools necessary for resolving international disputes and conflicts. Instruction in the national security track recognizes that the security of the US is intertwined with the security of other international actors. Therefore, the program addresses both international and national security issues, such as diplomacy, gender and security, transnational threats, intelligence, counterterrorism, military strategy, and international organizations. Individuals selecting this track are expected to have some knowledge of international history and politics.


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