International Relations

Dive deep into the ever-changing intersection of politics, law, economics, security, and culture and the effects on global dynamics.

As our world grows increasingly interconnected through trade, migration, and policy, consider: What obligations or responsibilities do world powers have to other nations? Explore global policy decisions from an international perspective, giving equal consideration to all countries from the smallest island nations to the largest world powers. Take on the role of global leaders, corporate CEOs, government agents, and NGO workers as you work with (and against) classmates on international efforts ranging from combating terror cells to addressing the international refugee crisis. Discover career opportunities in foreign affairs and meet experts who have helped shape policy decisions in the United States and around the globe.

This course meets daily for two hours.

In This Course You Will

  • Create policy that offers real-world solutions

  • Meet with practicing professionals and experts in the field of diplomatic relations and foreign affairs for an insider look at real-world policy recommendations, studies, and decisions.

  • Participate in a series of fast-paced simulations based on real global issues such as the Arctic Security challenge

Required Materials

To take advantage of all this course has to offer, we ask that students have access to a desktop or laptop computer and a stable internet connection. A printer is recommended, but not required.

Visiting Faculty + Advisors

Samantha Power

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

Samantha Power is a former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and a joint appointee at Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government. From 2013-2017, Power served as the 28th U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, as well as a member of President Obama’s Cabinet. Prior to those posts, Power served on the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights.

The Honorable Alice Hill

Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Alice Hill is currently a Research Fellow for the Hoover Institution at Stanford University where she addresses risks, consequences, and responses associated with catastrophic global events, including the cascading failure of infrastructure and social systems. Alice has an uncommon blend of experience—as a federal prosecutor, judge, special assistant to the president, and senior director for the National Security Council. She served as Senior Counselor to the Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security in 2009 and for three years beginning in 2013, Hill served in several positions for the National Security Council in the White House. With top-secret security clearance, she managed a team of eight National Security Council Directors and developed Federal policies regarding national preparedness for all hazards of global consequence, including climate. She was honored with the Meta-Leader of the Year award from Harvard University’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative.

Gideon Rose

Editor, Foreign Affairs + Council on Foreign Relations Member

Gideon Rose is an analyst and project manager with NASA APPEL, an organization that develops the NASA technical workforce. Rose is also a senior consultant at Cornerstone Group, LLC, a company that provides organizational consulting, training and workshops, leadership coaching, team building, and government consulting. Rose was Editor and Peter G. Peterson Chair of Foreign Affairs magazine, and he also served as the magazine’s Managing Editor. From 1995 to 2000, Rose was the Olin Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and served as Chairman of the Council’s Roundtable on Terrorism.

Tom Sass

Former Navy SEAL

Thomas Sass served in the United States Navy for nearly a quarter century. A former Navy SEAL, Sass served his country with honor and distinction in operational and staff postings around the world. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the Harvard University School of Government as well as a Master of Law and Diplomacy and a PhD in International Relations from the Tufts University School of Law and Diplomacy. Sass is also a member of the United States War College Foundation and serves as one of its Non-Resident Scholars.

Inna Pletukhina

Outreach and Communication Officer at International Atomic Energy Agency Division of Nuclear Security

Inna Pletukhina is an Outreach and Communications Officer at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Division of Nuclear Security. Inna served at the U.S. Department of State advancing policy priorities and managing multimillion-dollar foreign assistance programs in democracy, human rights, and international security. Inna holds a B.A. in Religion from the University of Rochester, M.A. in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University, and received her Juris Doctor at American University Washington College of Law. She has been both an EXPLO student and staff member.

Joseph Wippl

Former CIA Officer + Professor of the Practice of International Relations, Boston University

Joseph Wippl is a 30-year veteran of the CIA and a Professor of the Practice of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies. Wippl spent his 30-year career as an operations officer in the National Clandestine Service (NCS) and he later occupied the Richard Helms Chair for Intelligence Collection in NCS Training Program. He has served all over the world in various CIA headquarters.

Juliette Kayyem

CNN National Security Analyst

Juliette Kayyem is a national leader in homeland and national security. She is a national security analyst for CNN, and the Faculty Director of the Homeland Security Project at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she is also a lecturer. Kayyem served as President Obama’s Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. She is a member of the Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Global Cyber Alliance. In addition, Kayyem was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for editorial columns in The Boston Globe about ending the Pentagon’s combat exclusion rule against women.

Timothy Bakke Jr.

Vice Consul, Financial, Professional & Business Services, Department for International Trade (DIT)

Tim attended Dartmouth College and recently graduated from Chicago Booth Business School where he received his MBA. Tim works at the Department of International Trade for the UK Consulate located in Chicago. As Vice Consul, Tim works with companies in the financial, professional, and business services sectors, helping UK companies access the Midwest US market and US companies in the Midwest region establish/or expand operations in the UK.