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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 nuclear threats to inflation, 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 the 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

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. Jan Eijking holds a doctorate in International Relations from the University of Oxford, and is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford and an Oxford Martin Fellow in the Changing Global Orders programme.


He is published in the academic journals International Studies Quarterly and the Journal of International Political Theory, as well as the public outlets Responsible Statecraft and The Conversation. He is additionally an associate member of the Centre for Global Knowledge Studies at the University of Cambridge and the Security History Network at Utrecht University.

Dr. Eijking has won numerous awards for his work including the International Studies Association's Barbara W. Tuchman Prize (2023), the European International Studies Association's Best Graduate Paper Award (2021), and the ISA-Northeast Fred Hartmann Award (2021).

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International Relations Academy is delivered synchronously 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:


  • Maximum class size six (6) students

  • Individual feedback and academic guidance

  • Take-home continuing study exercises and resources

  • Letter of Recommendation from your instructor (upon satisfactory participation)

  • Access to video recordings of all ten (10) live classes for future review

  • Course completion certificate


Online classes will last approximately two hours and will be delivered on weekdays 9am-11am US Pacific Time | 12pm-2pm US Eastern Time | 5pm-7pm British Summer Time.


Price: $2,795


  • Session 1: Monday July 8th - Friday July 19th 2024

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