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National Security/International Relations and Diplomacy
2300 Subspecialty
680 Curriculum


Approved Schools

Georgetown University Stanford University
Harvard University Tufts University
Johns Hopkins University University of California, San Diego

Educational Skills Requirements (ESRs)

Specific Educational Skill Requirements for 680 curriculum (Pol-Mil Affairs): Graduates in this general field will have an understanding of U.S. policy objectives and the role of foreign policy in achieving them. Concentration in public policy, international relations, and law and diplomacy are equally qualifying in this area of general political science. As a generalist, the student should have some exposure to each of the following areas:

Basic Graduate-Level Skills

(1) CONDUCT RESEARCH: Assemble information from the full range of data sources to understand international political, economic, and military issues.

(2) ANALYZE PROBLEMS: Frame issues as research questions; logically combine evidence and theory to analyze and explain international political, economic, and military developments; and formulate innovative solutions to strategic problems.

(3) COMMUNICATE INFORMATION: Clearly summarize large quantities of information and persuasively present positions and courses of action using a broad range of verbal and written communications formats, including short oral arguments, visual briefs, policy memos, position papers, and comprehensive student theses.

General Political Science, International Relations, and Security Studies

(4) INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: Fundamentals of relations between states, including theories of international politics, causes and consequences of wars, origins of alliances, and the roles of international organizations.

(5) DIPLOMATIC HISTORY: Origins and development of diplomatic relations between the countries of the world, including negotiations of peace settlements, military alliances, arms limitation agreements, economic arrangements, and human rights accords.

(6) INTERNATIONAL ECONOMY: Economic factors that shape the international security environment, including the economic dimensions of national security policy and the ways in which economic policies and interests affect military strategy and force structure.

(7) INTERNATIONAL LAW: Rudiments of international law including Law of the Sea and Laws of War.

U.S. National Security, Defense, and Military Strategy

(8) U.S. SECURITY POLICY: Formulation and execution of U.S. foreign and national security policy, including interaction among the executive departments/agencies, and between them and the legislative branch of government in strategy, policy, and budget decisions.

(9) MILITARY HISTORY AND DEFENSE POLICY: Study of American and world military history, including origins and evolution of current U.S. strategy and policy. Enclosure (2) Page 3

(10) PUBLIC MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION: Theory and practice of management in the public sector, including strategies and tactics of executive branch management and reorganization and problems of leadership in civilian agencies, including Congress.

(11) CURRENT ISSUES: Major security issues in the world including political and military conflicts, insurgencies and terrorism, social and economic problems, and the evolving world situation.