American University School of International Service

American University’s School of International Service (SIS) is a top-10 school of international affairs located in Washington, D.C. Since our founding in 1957, we have answered President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s call to prepare students of international affairs to “wage peace.” We do so because we believe the world needs leaders ready to serve.

SIS produces transformational research and prepares more than 3,000 graduate and undergraduate students for global service in government, nonprofits, and business. Our students learn from more than 120 full-time faculty – leading political scientists, economists, sociologists, anthropologists, demographers, geographers, historians, and experts in international development, global health, communications, energy, and the environment – and benefit from an active international network of more than 20,000 alumni. They graduate prepared to combine knowledge and practice and to serve the global community as emerging leaders.

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Supporters of Nationalist Movement Party at a rally before the June election. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

A turbulent future may be in store for US-Turkish relations

Turkey's close relationship with the US dates back to the Cold War. But after the June election there put nationalists into a position of power in the government, that alliance could turn rocky.
A poster on the wall of the International Centre for Sexual Reproductive Rights, an NGO based in Minna, Nigeria.

Sex education lessons from Mississippi and Nigeria

The story of how Nigeria and Mississippi implemented comprehensive sexual education programs despite local opposition offers important lessons about how to boost adolescent sexual health.
Trump and Putin have had generally friendlier relations than Trump and NATO. Reuters/Jorge Silva

Russia is top on NATO’s agenda and Trump is the wild card

After Russia's 2014 invasion of Ukraine, NATO members felt a renewed sense of purpose: deter Putin. Trump's anti-NATO, pro-Russia talk is thus an existential threat to this old transatlantic alliance.
Trump has long talked about halting U.S. participation in the WTO. Reuters/Denis Balibouse

What is the WTO?

Trump has often talked about leaving the World Trade Organization. An economist explains what it is and what would happen if the president had his way.
La canciller alemana Angela Merkel, en el centro, habla con el presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, en la polémica Cumbre de líderes del G7 en Canadá en junio. AP/Jesco Denzel/German Federal Government

Un nuevo mundo nace y EEUU ya no es su líder

Se critica al presidente Trump por alterar un orden internacional en el que Estados Unidos era el líder. Pero lo que hace Trump en realidad es acelerar un cambio que comenzó hace mucho tiempo.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, speaks with U.S. President Donald Trump, at the contentious G7 Leaders Summit in Canada in June. AP/Jesco Denzel/German Federal Government

A new world is dawning, and the US will no longer lead it

President Trump is criticized for wreaking havoc on the international order, where the US was the established leader. But Trump is simply hastening a change that has been a long time coming.
Macron and Trump, seen here meeting in September 2017, have reportedly developed a good working relationship despite their many ideological differences. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Macron-Trump summit has high stakes for France’s embattled leader

Trump is rolling out the red carpet for Macron's visit to Washington. But the French president has some tough talks ahead, as the two leaders discuss thorny issues like trade and the Iran deal.
Peruvian ceviche doesn’t just taste good — it can be a force for social change. Enrique Castro-Mendivil/Reuters

5 food trends that are changing Latin America

Pioneering chefs from Bolivia to Brazil are stepping out of the kitchen and into public service. The 'social gastronomy' movement uses food to create jobs, prevent violence and boost economies.
President Donald Trump with now-former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, right, and former National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster. AP /Andrew Harnik

Trump national security staff merry-go-round reflects decades of policy competition and conflict

John Bolton just started his job as National Security Adviser to President Trump. He's the latest in a ever-changing cast of staffers, raising the question: Who's in charge of national security?
A flag with Korean peninsula unification symbol at the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. REUTERS/Andy Clark/Files

Is a unified Korea possible?

North Korea has taken up the South's invitation to the Olympics, but a quick look at the history of North-South talks suggests that unity is not as close as it may seem.
Donald Trump’s and Rodrigo Duterte’s mutual admiration could bring about a thaw in U.S.-Philippine relations. Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha

Did Trump’s charm offensive work in the Philippines?

When Obama was president, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to break up with America. Is it time to make up?
A young girl wearing the Spanish flag (right) walks with another young girl wearing an ‘estelada,’ or independence flag. AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti

Why the European Union’s hands are tied over Catalonia

An expert explains why the EU is ill-equipped to handle a problem like Catalonia.
A woman with symptoms of cholera walks into a cholera treatment center at Immaculate Conception Hospital in Les Cayes, Haiti in November 2016 in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Reuters/Andres Martinez Casares

Cholera fears rise following Atlantic hurricanes: Are we making any progress?

Surviving a hurricane in poor countries such as Haiti is no guarantee of surviving the secondary problem of cholera.
An anti-U.S. protest in Yemen during Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia. Reuters/Khaled Abdullah

Can Congress pressure the White House on human rights?

Congress is trying to curb the president's ties to human rights abusers, harkening back to landmark legislation of the 1970s.
Unlike every president who followed him, George H.W. Bush had a background in foreign policy. In 1972, Bush was serving as U.S. ambassador to the U.N. AP Photo/Dave Pickoff

George H.W. Bush: America’s last foreign policy president

The first President Bush had some impressive foreign policies wins, but could he be best remembered for getting the US entangled in Iraq?

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