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About the Program

The summer program, in its 11th year, features lectures by the Program Director and the faculty of The George Washington University, as well as guest speakers from a wide variety of organizations.

Participants in the summer program will also be briefed at key institutions that shape U.S. Foreign policy. In past years students have visited:

  • U.S. Government Agencies: U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the U.S. Department of State, the Pentagon
  • Foreign embassies: Saudia Arabia and Israel
  • International organizations: United Nations, the World Bank, International Monetary Fund
  • Think tanks: The Brookings Institution, the Woodrow Wilson Center, Center for New American Security
  • Media outlets: The Washington Post, Associated Press, al-Jazeera, National Public Radio
  • Interests groups: peace groups, business groups and ethnic lobbies

Participants will have access to the libraries at The George Washington University, the National Security Archive, the Library of Congress, and other research libraries in Washington, DC.

In addition to attending lectures, all participants take part in a foreign policy simulation, work on group projects and write a policy memorandum on a U.S. foreign policy issue of their choice. After the two-week program is completed, participants write a substantive research paper on U.S. foreign policy. Upon successful completion of the program, participants earn academic credit from The George Washington University.