After years of disruption, the international community has an opportunity to rebuild and reinvigorate its path forward.
The pandemic underscores the need for international cooperation. A spotlight on systems of oppression opens the chance to include those historically kept from decision-making. A worldwide economic slow-down, ever-more-apparent inequality, and an escalating climate crisis challenge us to adopt new ways of producing, working, and living.
To prepare for such opportune moments, future leaders need to understand the elements of international affairs and policy.
Training in these disciplines develop the ability to recognize the cultural, economic, social, environmental, and political forces at work in the world. It challenges students to build communication, leadership, and teamwork skills. Its interdisciplinary curriculum and a diverse community of people integrate differing perspectives. Programs distinguish themselves by their flexibility and adaptability.
As you search for a master’s program, ask how the program is trying to anticipate changes in the way people will work, live, and govern in the future. Consider how they are adapting and innovating during the pandemic. Look at how they bring different voices into the conversation. Discover in what ways students challenge traditional ideas and formulate new ones. Examine how they work to cultivate leadership qualities in students, as well as engage current policymakers.
Students of international affairs and policy can lay out a new blueprint for success. They can find the silver lining in recent challenges, shake off the inertia of the past, and promote positive change.