West Point–Bard Exchange
Founded in 2006, the West Point-Bard Exchange (WPBE) serves as a model of cooperation and collaboration between a U.S. liberal arts college and a service academy. The exchange provides opportunities for students and faculty from Bard and the United States Military Academy at West Point to exchange ideas in the classroom, as well as through public presentations, debates, and extracurricular activities. Every spring for the past seven years, Bard students and West Point cadets have participated in seminars focusing on international relations theory. The classes meet separately in Annandale-on-Hudson and at West Point, and come together several times during the term for sessions supervised by faculty from both institutions. West Point faculty have also taught courses at Bard in counterinsurgency, military history, and advanced international relations theory. Bard and West Point faculty, students, and cadets have held mixed-team debates on issues ranging from relations with Iran to the benefits of drones, and several Bard students have attended West Point’s Student Conference on U.S. Affairs (SCUSA) and the Academy’s Projects Day to present the findings of their Senior Projects.