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"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."

–John F. Kennedy


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The International Relations Academy is led by a world-leading expert in leadership, politics, and international law. On the course you will explore pressing global questions such as; is there a recipe for successful government? Why do nation states fail? What are the traits that unite and distinguish good and bad leaders throughout the past and present? What does it take to negotiate the greatest global challenges facing our world - from COVID-19 to poverty, social conflict, environmental cooperation, and territorial disputes? What role can governments, international organisations, and activists play in this regard? These are some of the questions that you will explore on the course. You will additionally learn when states are legally allowed to start a war and what you, your country, and the global community can do to prevent and respond to natural and political catastrophes. Throughout the course you will develop your own leadership and diplomacy skills, and apply them in a model United Nations negotiation and debate. With your tutor and classmates, you will use interactive, hands-on techniques to also discuss:

  • Government and Leadership Theories 

  • Diplomacy and Crisis Management

  • Revolutions and Political Change

  • Politics and the Economy

  • International Law and Organisations, such as UN, NATO, and WHO

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Class 1: Theories of Leadership

Class 2: Political Change and Revolutions

Class 3: Government Theory & Practice

Class 4: Democracy and Society

Class 5: Politics and the Economy

Class 6: International Relations

Class 7: International Organizations & the Law

Class 8: War and Crisis

Class 9: Debating and Public Speaking Skills

Class X: Model United Nations Challenge

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Explore Theories of Leadership

Discover theories of leadership. Find out the common skill sets and personality types of political leaders, and learn how to assimilate these to improve your outcomes in school, university, social relationships, and your future career 

Political Change & Revolutions

Are authoritarian regimes on the cusp of a profound political 

transformation? Are the West's constitutional

 freedoms at risk? Learn the prerequisites for political change and what distinguishes successful and failed political revolutions

The Philosophy of Liberal Government

Discover the philosophical foundations of our liberal democracies following the seminal ideas of Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and John Stuart Mill

International Treaties and Conventions

Learn about high stakes international negotiation, strategic alliances, and the factors that determine political leverage and how nations get the best terms

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History of War and Crises

Uncover the precursors to global conflicts and how can they be averted with effective diplomacy,  international mediation, and targeted interventions. Also learn what Sun Tzu meant when he professed that "war is deception", and how the secret services weaponize disinformation

International Organizations

Understand the framework of international organizations that govern the world, and learn how they help constrain individual countries and facilitate international cooperation

Economic and Political Power

Discover the close connection between economic and military power, and why Machiavelli urged that

preparation for war is the most effective means to ensure peace

Practice Debating & Public Speaking

Refine your public-speaking skills in our in-class debates and take on the role of a diplomat and 

advocate on behalf of your nation's interests in our model United Nations security council

Your International Relations  Instructor


Dr. Ivo Gruev holds a doctorate in law from the University of Oxford, and holds two postgraduate law degrees (MSt, MJur) from the same. He is currently a research fellow for the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at the University of Oxford.

He has taught law at the University of Oxford and Stanford University, and has provided legal counsel for the United Nations, the International Criminal Court at the Hague, the European Directorate of the German Parliament, and the Directorate of the Bulgarian Ministry of Justice.


He is currently convenor of the Oxford Transitional Justice Research Network and a researcher on the JUDICON-EU project. He was previously chairman of Oxford Pro Bono Publico and president of the Grand Union Scholars Association.

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International Relations Academy Testimonials

"Through this program, I was able to study something I had always been passionate about but the depth of which Ivo taught and the discussions we had during our tutorials developed that passion to another level."

–Emily B. (16) Walnut Creek, USA

"Thanks to Ivo, my understanding of international relations and of governments or anything similar to that was broadened a lot which is very helpful in the field I intend to study in."

–Mary M. (16) New York, USA

"Ivo was the best tutor and it was a lot that I learnt from him. He answered every question and encouraged us till the end."

–Farida N. (15) Cairo, Egypt

"I loved the course, it was super inspiring."

–Marieke J. (16) Amsterdam, Netherlands

"Best tutor ever! Always answers questions with a high degree of understanding!"

–Stefan K. (17) Linz, Austria


"Ivo is a really good teacher that kept me informed and interested all throughout the course."

–Hannah C. (14) Bristol, UK

"The course helped me figure out what I would like to do in the future. I genuinely have a lot of love for politics, democracy, and everything that I had learned over this course."

–Raphael S. (13) Miami, USA



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International Relations Academy is delivered virtually over two weeks in (i) ten live and interactive online classes, and (ii) two one-on-one personalized academic tutorials led by your instructor. The program follows the International Relations Academy curriculum and includes:


  • Daily assignments

  • Collaborative group work

  • Individual feedback and academic guidance

  • Take-home continuing study exercises and resources

  • Letter of recommendation for university applications and work experience from your instructor (upon satisfactory participation)

  • Lifetime access to video recordings of each class for future review

  • Complimentary admission to Career Exploration Academy

  • Course completion certificate


Online classes will last approximately two hours and will be delivered on weekdays 12pm-2pm US Pacific Standard Time | 3pm-5pm US Eastern Standard Time | 8pm-10pm British Summer Time.


Price: $2,495

  • Session 1: Monday July 31st - Friday August 11th 2023

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