Study the relationships between political entities.
Why do states, nations and societies cooperate, compromise, and fight? Living and working in our rapidly changing global arena presents great opportunities to advance the human condition, improve political and civil liberties, recast bargains between governments and their societies, transform social welfare, and advance the boundaries of knowledge and scientific exploration. Yet, the same context presents great risks as people fear loss of identity, worry about economic subordination and loss to those beyond their borders, encounter the export of environmental degradation, and confront potential decline in personal and social autonomy. You can explore the heightened economic, political, social, cultural and environmental interdependence that generates prospects for cooperation, but also serious challenges, which create the possibility of conflict, but also for compromise.
The IAS concentration in International Affairs offers an interdisciplinary approach to understanding relations between societies. It provides opportunities to examine complex global issues and processes from multiple perspectives, to help understand the fundamental processes of cooperation, compromise, and conflict in the global arena. The program provides you with knowledge and skills for understanding and working with difficult international and cross-cultural problems that states, societies and communities face.