The specialization combines
ideas, skills and practices for effective twenty-first century diplomacy,
international development work, and the understanding of conflict and conflict
resolution. Students are encouraged to explore the great transformations
currently shaping the global order and to develop the understanding, vision,
and tools necessary to become leaders in managing those transformations.
The specialization provides students with unique opportunities to analyze how diplomacy and other forms of
international engagement (including development and humanitarian assistance)
are changing, and how conflicts may be managed or resolved through
negotiation, mediation, and post-conflict reconstruction. By gaining knowledge
and skills, students will become better equipped to address emerging trends in diplomacy (including
public diplomacy), international development and humanitarian assistance, and
conflict management. The specialization features two elective concentrations: (i)
Global Impact Studies; and (ii) Contemporary Middle East Politics. For the video of the Specialization: Click here.
Global Impact Studies Cluster
The new Global Impact Studies cluster seeks to bridge
between Israeli innovations and the needs of developing countries in Africa,
Asia, and Latin America 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 NGOs
in developing countries. For
more information, see the program's 2018 brochure.
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.
*For the entire list of courses please refer to the 2020 Student Handbook
*The academic administration of IDC Herzliya reserves the right to make changes to the curriculum.