Year I: The Fundamentals of Government  
Year II: Strategic Thinking  
Year III: Regional Diplomacy  
 

> YEAR I: The Fundamentals Of Government

First-year coursework concentrates on mastery of the fundamentals of politics, government and international relations as a whole, and introduction to Middle East politics in particular. Courses include not only comparative government and classical political theory, but also discussion of forces such as geopolitics, political economy, and the impact of ideas and ideologies on politics. In addition to courses in statistics and the fundamentals of information technology, students also receive a foundation in micro - and macroeconomics, and separate courses in globalization, multinational corporations and global markets. A background course in Zionist history and Israeli politics provides a composite picture of the development of the Israeli polity - its social and political institutions and economic structure. Extracurricular activities during the first year enable students to visit Israeli military bases, defense industries, security and intelligence installations, and police and military counter-terrorism facilities.


 
 
 
 

> YEAR III: Regional Diplomacy
The third year offers students further insights into regional phenomena in the Middle East and opportunities for in-depth examination of the particularities of other regions, as well, including the politics and public administration of developing countries. In addition to general courses that examine the global implications of phenomena such as the rise of ethnicity, genocide, NGOs, piracy of intellectual capital and international law, students gain management skills in formulation and implementation of national policy in core areas such as strategic management, negotiation strategy, and public planning and budgeting. Electives in security and counter-terrorism discuss principles of military intelligence and management of low-intensity warfare and counter-terrorism work, including two series of guest lectures which are offered in the form of academic courses: lectures on Israeli security and foreign policy conducted by experienced Israeli diplomats and retired senior military personnel, and lectures on American and European foreign policy conducted by leading Israeli academics and senior members of the diplomatic community stationed in Israel. Extracurricular activities in the third year include a series of high-level terrorism simulations and Middle East war games under the tutelage of some of the nation's senior diplomats and counter-terrorism specialists, where students are exposed firsthand to negotiation under stress and decision-making under conditions of uncertainty.


 


Students who seek to focus on international relations
and diplomacy can enroll in electives that study
international relations and crises in the post-Cold War era.