INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS PROGRAMS
"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."
–John F. Kennedy
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS ACADEMY
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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:
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.