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Washington Summer Practicum


This summer we will offer two online evening seminars that meet on Monday and Thursday evenings evenings from 6:00pm to 8:40pm.  The featured courses for Summer 2020 are outlined below, along with the internship course.

The Middle East in Global Security 

PAI 700 Section M004

This new course will explore a number of cross-cutting  security challenges emanating from the Middle East, including threats to energy security, terrorism, arms proliferation and rogue regimes, as well as the ongoing problem of protecting vulnerable allies. The class will analyze the nature of the stakes for different actors and the tools available to advance their interests. This class will also consider how different approaches that outside powers take to the Middle East might affect stability and security going forward. 

Professor David Pollock instructs this course. 

Sustainable Development, Security and the Frontier of Finance

PAI 700 Section TBA

Frontier of Finance 2020 Syllabus

This new course will focus on how the global financial revolution underway, the Fintech revolution, can help lead to sustained, inclusive and strong growth and enhance security, as elaborated in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The course will explore cutting edge themes at the intersection of finance, technology, policy, development and security, as well as cross-border dimensions. It will not be narrowly focused on technology, and is appropriate for students pursuing development, economic and security fields.

Professor Bejoy Das Gupta  instructs this course.

Washington Practicum
PAI 700 Section M005 

Students can earn up to three credits working as an intern for an agency or organization that focuses on public and international affairs.

The Global Internship requires consent of the Public Administration and International Affairs Department.