U.S. Foreign Policy Summer Institute

About the Institute

About the Institute

June 13 – July 26, 2015

Bard College hosts a multinational group of 16 university-level scholars and educators for a six-week academic exchange program. Entitled "Grand Strategy in Context: Institutions, People and the Making of U.S. Foreign Policy," the program is funded by the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Contact Us

Bard College CCE
E-mail: jescott@bard.edu
Website: www.bard.edu/civicengagement/

U.S. Dept. of State
E-mail: eca-press@state.gov
Website: www.exchanges.state.gov/susi

Our Mission

The goal of the program is to provide participants with grounding in U.S. foreign policy in all its complexity, to help them develop effective syllabi and curricula, and to provide them with teaching tools that will help make them more effective in the classroom. This will be achieved through a rigorous curriculum that focuses on the study of the historical foundations of U.S. foreign policy, a careful review of foreign policy actors and institutions, exploration of regional political issues, and lively interaction amongst all participants. Participants will also be encouraged to pursue their own research agendas and to learn new teaching tools through interaction with Bard's pedagogical resources. Together, these activities will help shape their roles as opinion leaders and informed educators in the international environment.

Nominated by U.S. embassies, consulates, and Fulbright commissions, the 16 participants selected represent the following countries:  Afghanistan, Algeria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Ecuador, Egypt, Georgia, Greece, India, Madagascar, Nepal, Nigeria, Sudan, Thailand, Tunisia, and Ukraine. 

About the Institute

This Study of the U.S. Institute is designed to foster a better understanding in academic institutions overseas of how U.S. foreign policy is formulated, implemented, and taught. The program will feature an academic residency at Bard's campus in Annandale-on-Hudson and a week in Manhattan at Bard Globalization and International Affairs. The Institute will also feature integrated educational study tours to Hyde Park, Albany,  Boston, and 10 days in Washington, D.C., as well as extracurricular cultural and community activities that help to broaden the participants' understanding of U.S. society. The Study of the U.S. Institute will be conducted in collaboration with a diverse set of partners, including the American Enterprise Institute, the Roosevelt Institute, the United States Military Academy at West Point, and the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.