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The Institute of World Politics, anyone know it?


Nico Corr

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I am looking to attend grad school next fall, pursuing a degree in international affairs, specifically diplomacy/conflict resolution. I plan on applying to the GW Elliott School, SIS, SAIS and Maxwell, but considering my major (sociology), and my dearth of experience abroad, internships or research I don't think I'd get in. A classmate of mine said they had heard of a school called the Institute of World Affairs (IWP) and said it despite its small size, lack of name recognition and no ranking it had experienced faculty and was focused solely practicing International relations rather than academics. Does anyone know anything about this school? 

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I've heard of them. I looked at it while I was deciding between a masters and law school. They seem to be on the level. They're very specialized in what they do, and it seems like most of the faculty are indeed active practitioners rather than academics. They've sent me some communication over the years, and it always takes the tone one would hope to see from that sort of school - self-promoting but not desperate, noting expansions but not trumpeting every small achievement, etc. 

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On 11/28/2016 at 5:36 PM, Space Lawyer said:

I've heard of them. I looked at it while I was deciding between a masters and law school. They seem to be on the level. They're very specialized in what they do, and it seems like most of the faculty are indeed active practitioners rather than academics. They've sent me some communication over the years, and it always takes the tone one would hope to see from that sort of school - self-promoting but not desperate, noting expansions but not trumpeting every small achievement, etc. 

Spoke to someone in the admissions office, and liked what I heard. They are very specialized indeed. Law school is another avenue I am exploring. International Law is something that especially interests me, but I don't know if I am ready to undertake the financial burden necessary for that : )

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