Global Governance, Politics and Security Program

Global Governance, Politics and Security Program The Global Governance, Politics, and Security Program at American University's School of International Service.

The Global Governance, Politics, and Security Program (GGPS) at American University’s School of International Service (SIS) provides students with the professional and specialized training and skills necessary to launch careers in international affairs and public service. Our program takes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding relations among and beyond states and societies on the global stage. Our mission is to produce professionals with an understanding of global history, political dynamics, and economic systems, as well as the methodological tools and the practical skills needed to make sense of data and turn rigorous analysis into meaningful policy innovation and practical action in the fields of global governance and security. We believe that GGPS students are defined by both their breadth and depth of knowledge and their professional training. These qualities make them well equipped to thrive in global governance and security where complex problems will require innovative and practical solutions grounded in an understanding of global history and political and economic systems.

Mission: Our mission is to produce professionals with an understanding of global history, political dynamics, and economic systems, as well as the methodological tools and the practical skills needed to make sense of data and turn rigorous analysis into meaningful policy innovation and practical action in the fields of global governance and security.

Check out how GGPS student and Rosenthal Fellow Kristian Gore plans to spend her summer:
06/04/2019
Summer Plans

Check out how GGPS student and Rosenthal Fellow Kristian Gore plans to spend her summer:

With summer just around the corner, we chatted with a few of our students to learn about their exciting opportunities.

In her latest for War on the Rocks, Professor Jessica Trisko Darden discusses the importance of "a middle ground between...
01/09/2019
Humanitarian Assistance Has a Terrorism Problem. Can It Be Resolved?

In her latest for War on the Rocks, Professor Jessica Trisko Darden discusses the importance of "a middle ground between the noble principles of humanitarian assistance and the operational realities of the counter-terrorism mission."

Humanitarian assistance had a tough year in 2018. Under the Trump administration, the United States — the world’s leading provider of foreign assistance —

Happy Holidays from the GGPS Program! Our offices will be closed from December 24 through January 1 and will reopen on J...
12/21/2018

Happy Holidays from the GGPS Program! Our offices will be closed from December 24 through January 1 and will reopen on January 2. See you in the New Year!

Over on the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog, Professor Keith Darden unpacks the strategic and political motivations b...
11/29/2018
Analysis | Why did Ukraine impose martial law?

Over on the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog, Professor Keith Darden unpacks the strategic and political motivations behind Ukraine's recent declaration of martial law:

Even a limited martial law declaration could affect Ukraine's next elections.

In their latest book, Boaz Atzili and Wendy Pearlman explore how and when states use triadic coercion to deter state spo...
10/18/2018
Triadic Coercion

In their latest book, Boaz Atzili and Wendy Pearlman explore how and when states use triadic coercion to deter state sponsors of terrorism:

Professor Boaz Atzili spoke with us about the seldom-examined theory of international relations, including why states often encourage the tactic as a necessary response — even when it's prone to backfire.

In the October issue of Race & Class, Professor Tazreena Sajjad explores the politics of labelling those who migrate, wr...
09/04/2018
What’s in a name? ‘Refugees’, ‘migrants’ and the politics of labelling - Tazreena Sajjad, 2018

In the October issue of Race & Class, Professor Tazreena Sajjad explores the politics of labelling those who migrate, writing that "labels transform realities, determining who is considered deserving of protection under the western asylum regime and who should be excluded."

Through a critical examination of European immigration policy and using the case of Afghan asylum seekers in the European continent, this article argues that th...

In his latest op-ed for The Hill, Professor Mike Schroeder writes that the Trump administration's decision to withdraw f...
06/28/2018
Walking away from Human Rights Council will not serve to reform it

In his latest op-ed for The Hill, Professor Mike Schroeder writes that the Trump administration's decision to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council "may actually reduce the prospects of fixing the council’s flaws while undercutting its best work."

American withdrawal from this important United Nations council does nothing to help make progress.

05/09/2018
SIS Breaks it Down: Cyber Wargaming

Watch as Professors Davy Banks and Ben Jensen discuss their work conducting cyber wargames and how we can use cyber wargaming to predict how nations may use cyber operations in the future.

From election meddling to shutting down entire power grids, the threat of cyberattacks looms large. SIS Professors David Banks and Benjamin Jensen conducted ...

In her latest conversation with the Asia Experts Forum, Professor Tazreena Sajjad discusses the possibility of justice f...
04/12/2018
Tazreena Sajjad on Rohingya Refugees - Asia Experts Forum

In her latest conversation with the Asia Experts Forum, Professor Tazreena Sajjad discusses the possibility of justice for the Rohingya, writing that "the most important issue is that the people who have suffered have a say in what kind of justice they want".

Dr. Tazreena Sajjad currently serves as Senior Professorial Lecturer in the Global Governance, Politics and Security (GGPS) Program in the School of International Service (SIS) at American University in Washington D.C. She also serves as the Program Coordinator for the undergraduate Peace, Global Se...

On Thursday, March 8, Ambassador Susan Rice will speak with WAMU's Joshua Johnson as part of SIS's 60th anniversary cele...
02/21/2018
Ambassador Susan E. Rice to discuss America’s role in the world with NPR’s Joshua Johnson

On Thursday, March 8, Ambassador Susan Rice will speak with WAMU's Joshua Johnson as part of SIS's 60th anniversary celebration. Ambassador Rice will be discussing America's role in the world -- how it is changing and what those changes mean for the international community and world order. Tickets for the event become available tomorrow.

On March 8, SIS continues its 60th anniversary celebration by hosting Ambassador Susan E. Rice and WAMU/NPR’s 1A host Joshua Johnson as they discuss America’s place in a changing world.

In the latest Small Wars Journal, Boren Fellow and GGPS student Gabriel White takes a look at Russia's achievements in S...
02/07/2018
Taking Stock: An Analysis of Russia’s Military Campaign in Syria | Small Wars Journal

In the latest Small Wars Journal, Boren Fellow and GGPS student Gabriel White takes a look at Russia's achievements in Syria:

On December 11, 2017, Vladimir Putin announced the withdrawal of the majority of Russia’s military presence from Syria. Though he has made similar announcements in the past, there is mounting evidence that major military operations are nearing their end. Two years have passed since operations bega...

Considering graduate school at SIS? Join SIS Professor Lauren Carruth for a lecture on Djibouti’s ongoing support for re...
12/07/2017

Considering graduate school at SIS? Join SIS Professor Lauren Carruth for a lecture on Djibouti’s ongoing support for refugees even in the face of its own widespread poverty at the 1776 Startup Incubator in downtown DC on Monday, December 11. RSVP here: https://t.co/Ce0BB7nfYn

Register now for the SIS Graduate Open House next Monday, October 23 for the chance to meet with faculty and current stu...
10/18/2017

Register now for the SIS Graduate Open House next Monday, October 23 for the chance to meet with faculty and current students, learn more about our alumni network and career advising resources, and hear tips for navigating the application process: https://t.co/OygSYbVNy1

Considering a graduate degree at SIS? Join us for one of our upcoming Open Houses!
10/04/2017
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Considering a graduate degree at SIS? Join us for one of our upcoming Open Houses!

The best way to see yourself at SIS is by attending one of our upcoming Graduate Open Houses. Register for our October 23 or November 9 Open Houses.

Check out the latest from Professor Mike Schroeder
09/19/2017
School of International Service, AU

Check out the latest from Professor Mike Schroeder

As today's United Nations General Assembly gets underway in New York City, Professor Michael Shroeder shares three tracks in which leaders can make positive reform in the UN.

Compelling research from Professor Megan Stewart, the newest member of the GGPS faculty. For those wanting to learn more...
09/11/2017
The Legacy of Reconstruction and Occupation After the US Civil War

Compelling research from Professor Megan Stewart, the newest member of the GGPS faculty. For those wanting to learn more, check out her course on violent non-state actors in the spring.

Guest Post by Megan Stewart, American University, School of International Service Late last month, HBO announced the next project for the creators of Game of Thrones. The new series, entitled Confe…

Welcome Interim Dean Chin!
08/10/2017
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Welcome Interim Dean Chin!

Today we welcome Christine BN Chin to her new role as Interim Dean of the School of International Service.

Great to see GGPS alumnus Larry Harris featured in this piece, and glad that he, along with all other Rangel and Pickeri...
07/03/2017
State Dept. Restores Job Offers to Students After Diplomat Outcry

Great to see GGPS alumnus Larry Harris featured in this piece, and glad that he, along with all other Rangel and Pickering fellows, are once again able to pursue their careers in the Foreign Service.

After intense pressure by members of Congress and retired diplomats, Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson reversed his decision to delay hiring fellowship recipients.

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06/09/2017
School of International Service, AU

School of International Service, AU

Happy Anniversary, SIS! Today marks 60 years since the school's groundbreaking, so we’re celebrating with a day of posts about how SIS has continued breaking new ground throughout its history.

06/08/2017
DC Breeze

GGPS faculty are a diverse group of prominent scholars, experienced practitioners, and ultimate frisbee pros. Check out Professor Dave Ohls pulling off a $5,000 trick shot:

We have a $5k winner! http://bit.ly/2qYPLgL

An inspiring speech from GGPS student Curtis O'Neal, who was selected as the graduate student speaker for commencement t...
05/16/2017
American University on Twitter

An inspiring speech from GGPS student Curtis O'Neal, who was selected as the graduate student speaker for commencement this past Sunday! Congratulations to all our spring graduates- we wish you the best of luck in the future, and hope to see you back on campus as alumni.

“"Courage means commitment to building peace where it least flourishes, despite opposition and difficulty," says Curtis O'Neal #2017AUgrad”

05/05/2017
A Fool’s Errand? The Next Secretary-General and United Nations Reform | Global Policy Journal - Practitioner, Academic, Global Governance, International Law, Economics, Security, Institutions, Comment & Opinion, Media, Events, Journal

Check out Professor Schroeder's newest piece in Global Policy discussing incoming UN Secretary-General António Guterres and his ability to implement comprehensive change.

How can the incoming Secretary-General António Guterres promote and lead change? The view in many policy circles is that the UN urgently needs comprehensive change, and the next Secretary-General is expected to capitalize on the honeymoon to initiate a transformation.

04/25/2017
Practica Program | School of International Service | American University, Washington DC

Practicum presentations take place this week! Join to hear GGPS students present their research and discuss their experience working with clients like the Defense Intelligence Agency, Freedom House, and the Inter-American Development Bank.

The innovative SIS Practica Program is designed for second-year School of International Service MA students to gain invaluable experience in project management and consulting while preparing for their post-graduate careers.

Join Middle East Studies @ AU this afternoon for a panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities for post-revolut...
04/19/2017

Join Middle East Studies @ AU this afternoon for a panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities for post-revolution Tunisia. The panel, which begins at 2:30 pm, will be moderated by Professor Anders Hardig, and will feature the Tunisian Ambassador to the US, among others.

Next Wednesday, April 19, join the School of International Service, the School of Communication, and the Investigative R...
04/12/2017
“National Bird” documentary screening and panel discussion

Next Wednesday, April 19, join the School of International Service, the School of Communication, and the Investigative Reporting Workshop for a screening of the documentary film National Bird, followed by a panel discussion with the film’s director and GGPS alumna, Sonia Kennebeck. The documentary exposes the impacts of the US’s secretive and controversial military use of drones through the unique perspectives of three veterans and whistleblowers. Register today!

Please join the School of International Service, the School of Communication, and the Investigative Reporting Workshop for a screening of the documentary film National Bird, followed by a panel discussion with the film’s director Sonia Kennebeck, SIS/MA ’04, and SIS and SOC faculty. National Bird wi...

04/11/2017

This is the last chance this semester to take part in the SIS LinkedIn Mentor of the Week program! Join the conversation with Saji Prelis, Director of Children & Youth Programs at Search for Common Ground, here: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/104139

We hope to see many of our admitted students at the Graduate Day events on April 9 and 10! Graduate Day is a great oppor...
03/29/2017
Admitted Graduate Student Events | School of International Service | American University, Washington DC

We hope to see many of our admitted students at the Graduate Day events on April 9 and 10! Graduate Day is a great opportunity to meet with program staff, faculty and current students. Check out the full schedule of events and register now:

Visit SIS on-campus, online, or in your area to connect with members of our community and learn how SIS can fit into your graduate school plans.

03/23/2017

Celebrate Equal Pay Day on April 4 with a workshop on salary negotiation for women. From 8-9 am, career development strategist Maggie New, Ed.D will teach female jobseekers how to research their value, plan interviews, and ultimately negotiate with future employers. SIS grad students can register here: https://t.co/T0UeCth41N

The Spring Job & Internship Fair is tomorrow! Stop by Bender Arena from 1 to 4 pm to network with over 140 private, publ...
03/21/2017
Job and Internship Fairs

The Spring Job & Internship Fair is tomorrow! Stop by Bender Arena from 1 to 4 pm to network with over 140 private, public, and nonprofit organizations. Employers will be offering a wide range of full- and part-time jobs and internships.

Job and Internship Fairs

We are very excited to welcome Ambassador Rice to SIS!
03/13/2017
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We are very excited to welcome Ambassador Rice to SIS!

Following a decorated tenure as National Security Advisor and US Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice joins SIS as a Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow.

Check out the latest from GGPS Professor Davy Banks
03/08/2017
School of International Service, AU

Check out the latest from GGPS Professor Davy Banks

"Many of the parallels between the Kaiser and Donald Trump are darkly comic," writes SIS Professor David Banks for The Independent .

We are excited to welcome Todd Tucker, Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, to campus tomorrow to discuss the proposed tra...
02/28/2017

We are excited to welcome Todd Tucker, Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, to campus tomorrow to discuss the proposed trade and economic policies of the Trump administration and their international implications. Join us at 3:45 pm in SIS 300, light refreshments provided.

The Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace is holding a seminar series this spring on the possibilities of Syrian peace- mark your...
02/16/2017

The Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace is holding a seminar series this spring on the possibilities of Syrian peace- mark your calendars for the following events:

Next Monday, February 13, join a panel including Ambassador Akbar Ahmed to discuss Islamophobia in post-election America...
02/06/2017

Next Monday, February 13, join a panel including Ambassador Akbar Ahmed to discuss Islamophobia in post-election America.

On February 15 join us for a panel discussion on careers in global governance and politics. Panelists from the US Depart...
02/01/2017

On February 15 join us for a panel discussion on careers in global governance and politics. Panelists from the US Department of Commerce and the US-Pakistan Women's Council, among others, will discuss different career paths, the realities of working in these roles, and work-life balance. This is a great opportunity for students to connect with professionals working in the field in DC!

The deadline for the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program is quickly approaching! The Pickering Fellow...
01/10/2017
Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship | The Washington Center

The deadline for the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program is quickly approaching! The Pickering Fellowship provides financial support, mentoring and professional development to prepare students for careers in the Foreign Service. Applicants must be entering graduate school full-time beginning fall 2017. Apply by January 13!

Thank you for your interest in the Pickering Fellowship. The 2017 application is now open. Please apply using the “Apply Now” button to your right. Funded by the U.S. Department of State and

01/10/2017
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Take a look as Professor Craig discusses his work analyzing international conflicts and mapping where they take place

With the nature of war ever changing, SIS Professor Dylan Craig says: “It’s not so much about moving borders anymore.” Here’s an inside look at his latest research on 21st-century conflict analysis mapping.

Happy Holidays from GGPS! Our office will be closed from December 23 - January 2. We hope you all have a safe and fun br...
12/22/2016

Happy Holidays from GGPS! Our office will be closed from December 23 - January 2. We hope you all have a safe and fun break, and we'll see you in the new year!

12/22/2016
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Congratulations to our fall graduates! We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors and hope you stay in touch.

“One last hoorah in the Atrium for our graduates (now turned alumni) today. Wage peace with those new, well deserved SIS degrees!”

Over the next few days GGPS students will be presenting their practicum research and sharing their experiences working w...
12/06/2016

Over the next few days GGPS students will be presenting their practicum research and sharing their experiences working with client partners. This is a great opportunity for students registered for a practicum next spring or interested in one down the road to learn about clients and projects.

Our grad students have been hard at work this semester solving real issues for real clients--and now they're ready to show you what they've accomplished. Check out the Fall 2016 SIS Practicum Presentations this week, where students will discuss their research, experiences, and work with clients such as the Defense Intelligence Agency, the U.S. Department of State, Search for Common Ground, and many more. Full schedule available here: http://bit.ly/2hepvPi.

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