Program Overview

In our complex world, where challenges to peace are multiplying, there is a crucial need for analytical thinkers able to address transnational issues in a creative and constructive fashion. Our programs offer a dynamic balance between rigorous intellectual preparation in the social sciences and hands-on professional training with international experts. Our graduates work at the community, national and international levels, contributing to the development of new ideas and strategies to provide peace and social justice to citizens across the globe.

The Master of Arts in International Affairs (MIN) prepares students for effective future roles in the complex global climate of the 21st century. We offer the option to follow either a one-year full-time or two-year part-time course of study.

Our dual-language, dual-degree Master of Arts in International Affairs, Conflict Resolution, and Civil Society Development, a joint program between AUP and the Sorbonne-Paris I, is a dynamic graduate program drawing on the rich resources of two prestigious educational institutions. 

Degrees Offered

International Affairs

International Affairs

The Master of Arts in International Affairs allows you to take full advantage of Paris’ multicultural landscape and central role in international politics, economics, law, and cultural issues. The program balances intellectual and theoretical mastery with hands-on, project-based learning. Interested students may participate in a week-long humanitarian intervention simulation at the French War College.

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International Affairs, Conflict Resolution & Civil Society

International Affairs, Conflict Resolution & Civil Society

The Master of Arts in International Affairs, Conflict Resolution and Civil Society Development is a two-year, bilingual program with the University of Paris I-Sorbonne. You will take classes at both institutions and earn a master’s degree in international affairs at AUP as well as a certificate from Paris I-Sorbonne. Students in this program learn in two languages, develop two distinct contact networks and master two ways of viewing the world.

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Core Courses for both degrees

Our courses will help you take full advantage of Paris’s many resources, while exposing you to traditional theoretical classes and hands-on intensive classes taught by specialists in fields like conflict management and policy design. 

PO5005 Philo. Found. Of Internat'l Relations

Articulated within the emergence of the European nation-state and born in the context of the First World War and its aftermath, the discursive field of International Relations is organized around the constitutive concepts of conflict, anarchy, power, system, rule, law, and justice, and the practices of civil society and political economy. These concepts and practices organize, in turn, both the major schools of International Relations theory and contemporary methodological pluralism. This course interrogates these founding concepts from a philosophical perspective within the historical and discursive context of each major school: 1) from classical liberalism to international liberalism; 2) from classical realism to modern realism; 3) the ‘English School’ of IR theory (Bull); 4) Marxist tenets within international relations (from Karl Marx to international political economy); 5) Modern and Contemporary Critical Liberalism (Polanyi and Held); 6) The philosophical grounds of contemporary Constructivism.

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PO5012 Civil Society: Internat'l & Comp. Persp.

“Civil society” is one of the more elusive entries in the social science lexicon, and not a few have argued that we could do well without it. In a critical but appreciative spirit, this seminar introduces to the various meanings and uses that have been attributed to, or made of, civil society across time and national contexts. A constant in its various meanings is the reference to an elementary capacity of social self-organization beyond states and markets. This has made civil society an attractive alternative to diminished states and unfettered markets in the era of globalization, interestingly for the political left and right alike.

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PO5058 Conflict Manag't, Prevent'n, & Resolut'n

Course will examine both the theory and practice of decision making, diplomacy and conflict resolution. It will examine theories of procedural and instrumental rationality, prospect theory, multiple advocacy, along with an examination of actual policy formation involving bureaucratic politics, policy networks, and caucuses. The course will likewise examine diplomatic theories ranging from “ripe for resolution” to “ripe for prevention”. And finally, specific historical and contemporary cases studies involving conflict prevention, conflict management, conflict transformation and conflict resolution will be examined.

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PO5072 Us & World Affairs

America's predominant position in the modern world system derives from a continuous process of expansion. Using a pluridisciplinary approach with a strong historical focus, this course critically explores the US’s ascending movement from the confines to the center of the world system and the ways in which America has shaped the global political economy. It will allow students to anchor controversial contemporary debates (imperialism and hegemony, cooperation and conflict, multilateralism and unilateralism, globalization, transnationality and the nation state, etc.) in historic and comparative perspective. Major IR and IPE theoretical frameworks (realism, liberalism, Marxism, transnational theories) will be discussed and their relevance assessed when applied to different issue areas.

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Learning Environment
Ecole De Guerre

The Ecole de Guerre Practicum, a week-long, military intervention simulation, will help you build the foundation you’ll need to assist in present-day international conflicts and strengthen your exploration of contemporary international affairs. As you play the role of an international NGO humanitarian aid worker, fully briefed and working alongside international military experts in a conflict zone, you will be providing relief to tens of thousands of civilians caught in the crossfire during the COALITION exercise. You will soon discover that this is just one example of AUP’s commitment to practical training, as it prepares you for any number of careers in leadership, negotiation, and policy making.