About the specialization

The program offers two certificate-granting elective clusters: 

  • Contemporary Middle East Politics, headed by Prof. Shaul Mishal, provides an in-depth exploration of the contemporary dynamics shaping the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. 
  • International Development, Sustainability & Entrepreneurship, headed by Dr. Jennifer Shkabator, seeks to nurture outstanding young leaders and social entrepreneurs interested in leveraging Israeli innovation for the benefit of international development and humanitarian assistance work around the world. 

Throughout the program we emphasize the acquisition of practical skills and experience, so that students learn to deal with twenty-first century regional and international challenges. These skills can be acquired through individual internships, research, or policy-oriented work with highly experienced practitioners. 

Contemporary Middle East Politics Cluster

Under the direction of Prof. Shaul Mishal the Diplomacy & Conflict Studies program offers an elective concentration in Contemporary Middle East Politics - exploring the region’s turbulent transformation in pursuit of democracy, economic development, as well as its effects on forces born and bred in the region - Islamic fundamentalism, global jihad, and extreme modes of nationalism with a focus on the region from the Arab Spring until today. Throughout the program, we emphasize the acquisition of practical skills and experience - including through individual internships, research and policy-oriented work with highly experienced practitioners - for dealing with twenty-first century regional and international challenges.

Global Impact Studies Cluster

The Global Impact Studies cluster seeks to bridge between Israeli innovations and the needs of developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin Amierca which have become a major engine of growth in the global economy and a significant political power in international institutions. The cluster focuses on major global challenges (e.g., clean water, food security, renewable energy, cyber-security, etc.) that face the developing world, and serves as an incubator for global leaders and social innovators, who will learn how to employ Israeli innovations to address these challenges.

Students also participate in a unique workshop, as part of which they meet with key representatives of Israeli government agencies, industry leaders, major civil society organizations, and innovative research institutions that work with emerging markets. They participate in several study tours and field visits, and also take part in "cultural literacy" workshops, where they are exposed to the day to day of working in a developing country. Selected students are offered internships in development organizations, government agencies, private corporations, or international NGO's in developing countries.

Specialization with Thesis

Students have the option to apply for the Diplomacy & Conflict Studies Specialization with Thesis.


*Those with career goals in the US armed services, graduates of AF/N/ROTC Programs, or Military Colleges please click here to learn more about the ASL Scholarship.

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*For the entire list of courses please refer to the Student Handbook 

*The academic administration of Reichman University reserves the right to make changes to the curriculum.​