Summer Programs for High School Students

International Relations Institute

XSPP-003 International Relations Institute

Course Details

The International Relations Institute is offered on the following dates:

June 12 - June 18, 2016

July 10 - July 16, 2016

*This July 10-July 16 program will soon reach capacity. Students interested in International Relations are encouraged to register in one of the following programs:

Renowned as a center of international dialogue, Georgetown is a venue that international leaders often choose to state their positions and calls for action. You will study at one of the oldest universities in the world, learn from distinguished faculty and gain valuable hands-on experience that will help you better understand and appreciate today's global issues and challenges. Learn and live in Washington, DC—a center for international relations.

  Core Topics Covered*

  • Global issues and dilemmas
  • Terrorism
  • Nuclear weapons
  • International diplomacy and law
  • Crisis management
  • Humanitarian crises
  • Military occupations
  • Foreign policy
  • Security
  • Economics
  • Ethics
  • Piracy
  • Information technology

Hands-on Experience*

  • Visit places such as the Islamic Center, Congress, foreign embassies, and the Organization of American States
  • Participate in an international crisis simulation
  • Listen to congressional briefings
  • Eat with new friends at an International Dinner Night at different ethnic restaurants around the District
  • Hear from prominent organizations and key players in international diplomacy and crisis management, such as the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Counterterrorism Center, and the International Organization for Migration
  • Participate in an international crisis simulation

Sample Day*

8:00-9:00 a.m.        Breakfast in the Dining Hall

9:00-10:30 a.m.      Challenges in the International System: Nuclear Terrorism

10:30-10:45 a.m.    Break

10:45-12:00 p.m.    Promoting Order and Justice in the International System

12:00-1:15 p.m.      Lunch

2:00-5:00 p.m.        Visit to Capitol Hill

5:30-6:30 p.m.        Discussion Section

7:00-8:30 p.m.        International Dinner Night

* Core topics, hands-on experience and sample day are subject to change.

2016 Instructional Staff
Anthony Arend, Academic Director

Anthony Clark Arend is Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Graduate and Faculty Affairs in the Walsh School of Foreign Service. Dr. Arend specializes in the areas of international law, national security law, international relations theory and human rights. He has published numerous articles and seven books, including Legal Rules and International Society and Human Dignity and the Future of Global Institutions (with Mark P. Lagon). He has also written or co-written opinion pieces for various publications, including The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and The Christian Science Monitor. Dr. Arend has been the Director of Georgetown’s Summer International Relations Program for High School Students since 1988. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Arend received a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Foreign Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson Department of Government and Foreign Affairs of the University of Virginia. He received a B.S.F.S., magna cum laude, from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.


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