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About the specialization

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.


  • Program cost- $12,950
  • 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.

*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.​