International Affairs & Security

Dates: June 17 - June 30, 2018

The International Affairs & Security (IAS) session of the Yale Young Global Scholars Program tackles pressing questions and issues in international relations and security studies, and is designed for students to develop the skills and tools needed to engage with an increasingly interconnected world. The session will focus on topics as wide-ranging as cyber security, nuclear proliferation, global environmental disasters, international terrorism, and global peacekeeping. Students are challenged to think strategically about these complex international dilemmas, draw from a wide range of contemporary and historical issues, deliberate various political approaches, and gain broader insight into global affairs and international relations.

If you are intrigued by any of the following (or related) questions, IAS maybe the right fit for you:

  • What are the powers and limitations of international governance, as exemplified by the United Nations?
  • How can governments effectively combat international terrorism in an increasingly interconnected world?
  • How do nationalism and patriotism manifest and change in an increasingly diverse and interconnected world?
  • What are some major breakthroughs and challenges in cybersecurity in the 21st century?
  • What are the accepted rules of military engagement and when should military engagement become a viable option?
  • How are international and intergovernmental agreements and accords implemented and enforced? What lessons can we draw from the UN, the EU, NATO, or other IGOs?

Excerpt from the YYGS IAS blog:

“Having the opportunity to meet individuals from all over the world gave me a glimpse of what it means to be a global citizen. In addition, conversing with individuals from all over the political compass also allowed me to understand how one’s environment… permeates within their perspectives and in return allowed me to be more of a tolerant and compassionate individual.”  - Saeed, South Africa

Read more about IAS straight from the blog >>

IAS Programming Elements:

The YYGS program emphasizes an open, exploratory, and collaborative approach to learning. The curriculum helps develop analytical thinking, intellectual flexibility, written and oral communication, and teamwork skills.

  • Lectures. YYGS features lectures by renowned Yale faculty and leading practitioners in their fields. Lectures are intended to expose students to a wide array of new ideas, perspectives, and exciting new research, as well as challenge them with first-year university level material. Past YYGS lectures have included:
    • “Electronic Surveillance and Privacy,” by Professor Renuka Rangappa, J.D., Associate Dean of Yale Law School and Lecturer at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University
    • “The New Global Security State,” by Dr. Inderpal Grewal, PhD, Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Professor in the Ethnicity, Race and Migration Studies Program, and the South Asian Studies Council; and affiliate faculty in the American Studies Program
    • “The Internationalists,” by Professor Oona Hathaway, J.D., Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law and Director of the Center for Global Legal Challenges at Yale Law School
  • Breakout Session. Following the lectures, instructional staff lead smaller breakout sessions (typically 10-15 students) to further explore topics related to the content of the lectures. Breakout sessions give students a more individualized opportunity to delve deeply into the topic introduced by the lecturer. Undergraduate and graduate student instructional staff facilitate conversations on the day’s lecture, and students are expected to voice their opinions, formulate thoughtful questions and responses, debate varied perspectives, and consider possible follow-up experiments.
  • Seminars. Seminars are interdisciplinary standalone classes (typically 10-15 students each) that are designed and taught by undergraduate and graduate student instructional staff, with assigned readings made available to YYGS participants prior to their arrival at the program. Students give their preferences for seminars in advance, and are expected to come having closely read and analyzed the assigned material. Past seminars have included:
    • “Human Rights for Whom: The “Minority Rights” Clause in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” by Amanda Joyce Hall, Doctoral Student in History and African American Studies
    • “Is it a Bird? Is it a Plane? No, It’s a Drone!” by Asaf Lubin, Doctoral Student at Yale Law School
    • “Refugee Crises as Humanitarian Emergencies,” by Katherine Fang, Recent graduate in Global Affairs and Modern Middle East Studies
  • Capstone. Over the course of the two-week program, students will also work in Capstone project groups (4-5 students each) to identify problems in a specific topic, conduct rigorous background research, and propose impactful solutions to their peers and instructors. Assignments are designed to develop critical thinking skills and encourage innovation, as well as emphasize teambuilding, analytical problem solving, and communication in a group of diverse peers. This project culminates in a group presentation at the end of the session.
  • Simulations. Simulations are modeled on real-world events and provide opportunities for students to work in small groups to respond to evolving challenges, gain experience in crisis simulation and response, and design potential solutions to these events. Students gain insight into careers in policy-making, national security, international organizations, and reflect on the challenges of effective leadership. Each student is assigned a role within the simulation universe through which they actively participate in and shape the simulation outcome, thereby facilitating hands-on learning.
  • YYGS Family Time. YYGS Family Time is a unique opportunity for students to meet and bond with a small group of 8-10 students, who are mentored by a YYGS instructional staff member throughout the two weeks of YYGS session. Families engage in icebreaker games, talk about the ups and downs of the program, and otherwise serve as surrogate “families.” YYGS Family time is an important building block of community at YYGS.
  • Speaker Series. If desired, students can audition to give a short talk on a topic of their choosing. Selected speakers will deliver their talks to a combined audience of students and instructional staff in both sessions. In this way, students have the opportunity to speak in front of an audience of almost 500 people and share their ideas and passions!
  • Talent Show. At the end of­ the session, YYGS hosts a talent show f­eaturing student participants. This is an excellent way ­for students to showcase their talents and cultural heritage.

Sample 2017 Schedule