The Program on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) was established in November 2015 within the Department of International Affairs at Texas A&M University, with Professor Valerie M. Hudson serving as its first director. Its purpose is to provide a WPS node in the heartland of the United States, and its mission is three-fold: teaching, research, and outreach. The Program’s inaugural funding is provided by the Compton Foundation; and its research arm, The WomanStats Project, is currently funded by the US Department of Defense.
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Middle East Program
The Bush School’s Middle East Program prepares students in the Master of International Affairs and Master of International Policy degree programs for professional careers in government and the nongovernmental sector that require an in-depth knowledge of the Middle East. Four fulltime faculty members in the Department of International Affairs offer a range of courses on the region, exploring the domestic politics of regional states, religion and politics, regional political economy, post-conflict reconstruction and development, the international politics of the region, and American policy toward it. Through this coursework and high-impact research trips to the region, our students have exceptional opportunities to deepen their expertise on the Middle East. The Program’s resources also allow students to enhance their proficiency in a regional language through intensive summer immersion programs in the Middle East and other locations.
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Program on Cyber Policy, Strategy, and Security
The Bush School’s Cyber Policy, Strategy, and Security Program was established in 2018 in response to student demand and growth in the professional opportunities available to Bush School graduates in cyber policy and cybersecurity. It is headed up by Gen. J. Kevin McLaughlin, USAF (Ret.), whose last post before retiring from the Air Force was deputy commander of U.S. Cyber Command. The Program prepares students in the Master of International Affairs and Master of International Policy degree programs for professional careers in government and the nongovernmental sector in the cyber arena. Students can avail themselves of the growing number of courses offered in the Bush School on cyber policy and cybersecurity as well as a full complement of courses on the topic in the Dwight Look College of Engineering and the Mays School of Business. Program faculty are active in a number of research areas, including critical infrastructure development and defense, cyber resilience, cyber-deterrence and coercion, international frameworks for cyber norms, non-state institutions, and governance mechanisms in the management of internet security operations. The Program has established a strong partnership with senior officials in the Department of Defense and U.S. Cyber Command on the government side and with transnational industry groups and NGO’s as well.
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