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SUSI on US National Security Policymaking - Fully Funded Program 2017, University of Delaware, USA

Publish Date: Sep 12, 2016

Deadline: Sep 21, 2016

Event Dates: from Jan 05, 2017 12:00 to Feb 17, 2017 12:00

Study Of The United States Institute On

U.S. National Security Policymaking 2017

The United States Embassy in Armenia is pleased to announce the Study of the United States Institute on U.S. National Security Policymaking.  The program is designed as a rigorous six-week post graduate-level academic seminar with integrated study tours which will provide a group of 18 scholars and professionals from all over the world with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the foundations of U.S. national security policy and current threats facing the U.S. The institute focuses on the formulation of U.S. foreign and national security policy and the role of the federal government, think-tanks, media, and public opinion in shaping that policy.

The program will examine the question of how we discern U.S. national security policy continuities and changes that shape the policies and conduct of presidential administrations.  Against the backdrop of the 2016 presidential elections, the Institute will encourage intellectual engagement, reflection, and interaction with U.S.-based experts to deepen scholar knowledge of the foundations and formulation of U.S. national security policy. 

The program will focus on four interconnected modules:

1) The U.S. view of the world and its place in the global system; 2

) Terrorism and national security in the U.S. and abroad;

3) U.S. immigration and refugee policies and

4) The search for the right balance between unilateralism and multilateralism in U.S. national security policy. 

Each week, scholars will participate in academic sessions, roundtable discussions with U.S. national security experts, and conversations with the broader Newark, Delaware community on key thematic topics. The Institute participants will also travel to San Antonio and Austin, Texas, as well as New York City, Washington D.C., and other regional locales. The program's ultimate goal is to promote the development and improvement of courses and teaching about the United States at universities and other educational, training, and research institutions abroad.

The program will take place from January 5 to February 17, 2017 at the University of Delaware in Newark, DE.

Program Requirements and Restrictions:  Participants are expected to attend the entire program.  They are also expected to attend all lectures and non-optional organized activities, and complete assigned readings.  Family members and/or friends cannot accompany participants on any part of the program.  Please note that teaching methodology and pedagogical techniques will not be addressed formally in the institute.  The institute is very intensive and there will be very little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program.  While the equivalent of one day a week may be set aside for faculty-assisted curricular research and independent study, the institute should not be viewed as a research program.

Eligibility: Applicants should be mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly-motivated and experienced university-level faculty or national security professionals from institutions of higher education, or national security policymaking institutions, including national military academies, government ministries, and research-focused organizations (not-for-profits, think-tanks, etc.)   While the educational level of participants will likely vary, most should have graduate degrees and have substantial knowledge of foreign affairs. The ideal candidate also will be an experienced professional with little or no prior experience in the United States, whose home institution is seeking to introduce aspects of U.S. studies into its curricula, to develop new courses in the subject of the institute, to enhance and update existing courses on the United States.

Very good knowledge of English is required as the seminars are conducted in English.

Program Funding: The U.S. Government will cover all institute costs, i.e. international travel and allowances; domestic travel and ground transportation; book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances; admissions; housing and subsistence.


Application forms can be downloaded here .

For additional information about the program, please contact Hasmik Mikayelyan at the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Armenia; e-mail:; phone: 010-494410; address: 1 American Ave., Yerevan, 0082. 

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