Bard U.S. Foreign Policy Program
Bard College is hosting a multi-national group of 16 university-level scholars and educators for a six-week academic exchange program from June 23 - August 5, 2013. 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. 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, Philadelphia and ten 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.
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 utilize new media tools such as blogging about U.S. foreign policy. 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 sixteen participants selected represent the following countries: Argentina, Cambodia, Chile, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, India, Macedonia, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nepal, Portugal, Sudan, Tunisia, Vietnam, and Zambia.