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Master of Arts in International Relations

Workshops and Travel Courses

RECENT TRAVEL COURSES

EUROPE AND THE ISLAMIC WORLD (JANUARY 2014)

Paris, Brussels, Vienna, Istanbul

IslamicWorld

Six MAIR students joined twenty undergraduates in a politics and security tour devoted to the European relationship with the Islamic World.  The group enjoyed a mix of cultural and academic sessions that included meetings at the Foundation for Strategic Research in Paris, the European Council in Brussels, the Austrian Parliament in Vienna, and Sehir University in Turkey.  The trip was the tenth variation of the course over ten years that has done a mix of European cities with either Morocco or Turkey. 

 

US-MEXICO RELATIONS (NOVEMBER 2013)

Mexico City

MexicoCity

Ten MAIR students spent a long Thanksgiving weekend in Mexico City with Dr. David Shirk, attending substantive meetings with intellectuals and government officials, both US and Mexican.  Cultural and historical excursions complemented the academic sessions. 

 

ARAB SPRING YEAR THREE (OCTOBER 2013)

Marrakesh, Rabat

Marrakesh

Fourteen MAIR students and one Peace and Justice student spent a week in Morocco, with three days in Marrakesh and three days in Rabat.  The seminar was organized by Dr. Randy Willoughby, with assistance from Aboubakr Jamai, Jim Coyle, Necla Tschirgi, Michael Provence, Mietek Boduszynski, Farid Abdel Nour, and Ali Gheissari, all experts on the region.  Cultural tours of the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, the Mohammed V Mausoleum in Rabat, and the Badi Palace in Marrakesh complemented the academic sessions. 

 

CHINESE CRIMINAL LAW (JULY 2013)

Xiamen, Shanghai

Xiamen

The MAIR Program took its first trip to China in July 2013 for a two week seminar on Chinese Criminal Law.  The course was organized by Dr. John Cleary, an accomplished federal defender, and Dr. Del Dickson, on the USD department faculty.  Eight MAIR students spent ten days in Xiamen and three days in Shanghai, China and had daily language starters before getting down to legal business.   Many students took advantage of the course location in Fujian province and traveled to Thailand, Beijing, or Taiwan before returning home. 

 

SOUTH ASIAN POLITICS AND SECURITY (APRIL 2013)

Monterrey

Monterrey

Although Islamabad and Delhi proved to be a bridge too far, around sixteen MAIR students did travel to Monterey California in April 2013 to complete a course with General (retired) Feroz Khan on South Asian politics and security.  General Khan joined the Pakistani military shortly before the 1971 war that resulted in the independence of Bangladesh, served as Director of the Strategic Plans division, and retired from the Pakistani Army in 2003 after providing nuclear briefings to President Musharraf.   The readings for the seminar included his widely acclaimed and newly released book from Stanford University Press Eating Grass: The Making of the Pakistani Bomb.  Dr. Vidya Nadkarni collaborated in the course, and will be offering her own travel seminar to India in January 2015. 

 

EUROPE AND THE ISLAMIC WORLD (JANUARY 2013)

Paris, Brussels, Vienna, Istanbul

Istanbul

Eight MAIR students joined 18 undergraduates for a political and security tour of Europe and Turkey.  This trip was repeated in January 2014 with another half dozen students.  2013 highlights included sessions with a Vice President of French Greenpeace in Paris, a Senior Officer in SiBelga in Brussels, the Public Affairs officer from the IAEA in Vienna, and the Political Science Department Chairman at Bosphorus University in Istanbul. 

 

NATO PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY (NOVEMBER 2012)

Prague

Prague

Around a dozen MAIR students were invited for the third time (previously in Bucharest and Copenhagen) to participate in the NATO Parliamentary Assembly meeting in Prague.   Students attended committee sessions on security topics with academic and government experts and parliamentarians from all NATO countries and several observer countries.  Many students took advantage of the location in Central Europe to visit Poland, Turkey, Germany, and England.   Our next NATO PA trip is tentatively scheduled for November 2014. 

 

UPCOMING TRAVEL COURSES

Future courses tentatively include Costa Rica in March 2014, Shanghai, China in June 2014, Hague and London in November 2014, and Delhi and Bombay in January 2015, assuming sufficient student interest and enrollment.