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With the creation of a new world order after World War II, the United States came to be the indisputable leader of the so-called Free World. However, over the past several years, new forces in global and domestic politics have called into question the role of America in a changing world. What will be the future of American leadership? What will happen to the Atlantic Alliance? Will other great powers—like Russia and China—will the possible void? What will be the future of American ideas, such as democracy and freedom?

The Washington & the World Academy will take you on an engaging journey where you’ll explore the role of the U.S. in the world and develop a broader perspective of how the changing dynamics may affect American leadership on a global level. Under the leadership of faculty from Georgetown’s renowned Walsh School of Foreign Service, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the U.S. foreign policy process, examine the existing and emerging challenges confronting the U.S., and learn how you can become involved in the field of global affairs.

Estimated Tuition:


Includes tuition, housing, and meals


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How You'll Benefit

  • Learn from renowned Georgetown School of Foreign Service professors
  • Visit Capitol Hill
  • Engage in discussion groups to gain a broader global perspective
  • Participate in a crisis simulation of the National Security Council
  • Visit the Smithsonian Institute and take a night tour of historic D.C. monuments

Program Format & Subject Areas

As a student in the Washington & the World Academy, you'll spend your day immersed in a blend of classroom lectures, field trips, hands-on activities, and group discussions. Throughout the course of the week, you'll have the opportunity to explore the following subject areas:

  • The evolution of Washington’s engagement with the world
  • The American Constitution and the world
  • Congress, the president, and foreign policy
  • The future of the Atlantic Alliance
  • The U.S. and the developing world
  • The U.S. and the great powers
  • The U.S. and Asia
  • The U.S. and terrorism
  • American music and politics
  • The Trump presidency and foreign policy
  • The future of American foreign policy

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