International Affairs, The Middle East, Conflict Resolution, Counter Terrorism

The curriculum combines the traditional fields of government and international affairs with the opportunity to specialize in Middle East, counter-terrorism and conflict-resolution studies. The perspective is broad-based, dealing with the impact of political forces, social issues, business interests and economic policies, along with factors such as the media, culture and technology.

Students examine the inner workings of the Middle East in all their complexity, while also viewing the region within the context of globalization. The study of Israel is comprehensive in scope, including exposure to all facets of the Israeli polity – from issues of democracy to foreign policy to questions of national security. In addition, the program looks at issues confronting the world today: the environment; ethnic conflicts; nuclear strategy; terrorism; and gender issues. Studies are built on the concept of combining theory with practice, exposing students to real-life situations through case studies, simulations and face-to-face meetings with key figures.

In a few short years, the Lauder School of Government has developed an excellent undergraduate program, attracting students from around the world who are interested in the Middle East and security issues. Alumni have excellent prospects for continued study at leading American and European graduate schools or for work as analysts in government agencies, NGOs or international institutions worldwide.


The Argov Fellows Program in Leadership and Diplomacy 

Building on the legacy of former Israeli Ambassador Shlomo Argov, the Argov Fellows Program prepares twenty exceptional students in their final year of government studies to represent the interests of Israel and the Jewish people in the international arena. The Fellows acquire the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to explain and to work towards meeting the many challenges that Israel faces in today’s complex global environment.

The program, which is conducted entirely in English, combines academic training and practical skills. Its unique curriculum includes courses, seminars and hands-on workshops taught exclusively to Argov Fellows by leading academic and professional experts. During the fellowship year, the students participate in study tours to Europe and the United States and have the opportunity to interact with prominent leaders from a wide range of fields. The program concludes with the public presentation of capstone group projects which propose solutions to areas of relevant policy concern.  

Students in the Marc Rich Library