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Washington, D.C.       ​    19 - 29 June 2024



This interdisciplinary program aims to foster in our students a more sophisticated understanding of the political, economic and social forces that govern the interactions between people and nations. We hope that you will learn how to formulate insightful responses to important questions, which might include, for instance, questions like these:

What, if anything, should we have done to forestall

the Russian invasion of Ukraine?

What should we do to anticipate and prevent

the next military conflict?

How should we welcome the rise of China as a new hyper-power? 

Can we apply moral rules to nation-states in the way we apply them to individuals? 

Where do global income disparities come from?

Are American consumers culpable for conditions in foreign sweatshops? 

Why are positive-sum multilateral agreements so difficult to negotiate and enforce?

19 – 29 JUNE, 2024
AGES 16 - 20



The academic content of this program is designed to cover elements of three principal areas: the political relationships between nation-states, economic relationships across borders, and the legal and ethical considerations of globalization.


Geopolitical topics will include how the world is changing in light of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and evolving attitudes and ambitions within the ruling Chinese Communist Party. We will examine how the intelligence community informs military decisions and diplomatic strategy. And we will discuss multilateral treaties to coordinate efforts to combat terrorism, to regulate carbon emissions, and to manage disease control. In order to think constructively about these questions we will compare and contrast the strengths and shortcomings of the three major theoretical frameworks of International Relations: realism, liberalism, and constructivism.


Economic topics will be chiefly concerned with immigration policy, refugees, and the debate around Free Trade and Protectionism.


Legal analysis will weigh competing opinions on what exactly international law is, and the extent to which sovereign states are bound by bilateral and multilateral treaties, in theory and in practice. Ethical analysis will begin with the question of whether we hold political communities morally responsible in the way we usually do with individual people. Then we will look at the ethical considerations attached to democratic decision-making, the use of force to control or prohibit the movement across borders of capital, goods and services, and people.



For the Global Affairs Forum we are proud to be working with world-class political scientists, legal scholars, political economists, philosophers and historians at Georgetown University, which is famous for its School of Foreign Service, widely regarded as America’s premier university program in diplomacy and international relations.


For more information about the Institute's faculty, please click the link below.


welcome to WASHINGTON, D.C.

Washington, D.C. is the capital city of the United States and is located on the east coast of the country. It is known for its historical and political significance.


The city played a key role in many of the defining moments of the country's past, including the American Revolution and the Civil War.

As the capital of the United States, Washington, D.C. is the center of the country's political power and is home to many iconic monuments, museums, and government buildings, including the White House, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and the United States Capitol. The city is also a hub for international diplomacy, hosting numerous embassies and serving as the headquarters of many international organisations.

With its beautiful architecture, bustling urban atmosphere, and vibrant cultural community we are confident you will find Washington, D.C. a unique place to visit in the spring.



Accommodation is at Georgetown University in twin rooms with ensuite bathroom facilities.


  • Each bedroom will have blankets, sheets and towels.

  • All the bedrooms have air conditioning.

  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner are served in the Georgetown University dining hall.

  • Free WiFi.




You should plan to arrive at the summer school on Wednesday 19 June. 

It is your responsibility to determine whether you need a visa and, if so, what kind of visa you need and how you should apply for it. Every overseas student must have a valid passport to enter the United States. You can find all the information about US visas here. For your purpose of travel, please select “Tourism or Visit”. Depending on your country of citizenship you may find that you are able to enter the USA on the Visa Waiver programme (ESTA). We can provide individual support, on request, for those who will need a visa.

We advise you to purchase travel insurance.


On the departure day, Saturday 29 June, check out is at 10am. 

Our staff will be available to help you on the departure day so you don't miss your flight! 



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