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The public sector is frequently both the consumer and regulator of technology advances.  For aspiring public managers, this course will examine the active and passive government influences, which can and have been exerted over technology and innovation management.  For aspiring business managers and technical professionals in engineering or information systems, this course will provide a perspective of the applications of public policy and public management practices and will offer constructive avenues on how government actions on behalf of the public may be anticipated.

Spring 2022 Courses (January 18 – May 5) Maxwell-in-Washington

All DC courses are being offered in person for spring 2022. A few campus courses are available remotely in DC.

DC COURSES: Following are the courses offered in Washington, DC for spring 2022.  All classes meet one evening a week from 6:00pm-8:40pm

PAI 895 | Managerial  Leadership | Sean O'Keefe and Jim Cunningham

This is the Leadership and Strategy in Global Affairs course and a core requirement for the EMIR degree. Objectives are to establish an understanding of the schools of leadership thinking, especially current trends, to practice requisite skills, and to plan for additional learning and development through assessment and action planning.

Course readings focus on leadership theory and practice and their application in the changing organizational environment in a global workplace. Case studies and groups discussion. 

PAI 996 | Master's Capstone | Barbara Petzen

This is the capstone course and a core requirement for the EMIR degree. Students complete substantive research projects while embedded in one of the thematic or regional programs at CSIS. Students work directly with CSIS experts on capstone projects designed to hone and showcase their capacity for both cogent analysis of real-world problems and effective policy communication.

Based on interest, working teams of master's candidates conduct research reports to craft actionable policy analysis and recommendations on a complex issue area. Since valuable policy recommendations may be lost if they are not communicated well, teams also learn to transform their policy analysis into an online project that communicates their results with clarity, creativity, and compelling multimedia storytelling.

Professional development workshops on data collection, analysis, analytic writing, and presentation are covered to support students in the development of their projects and to help prepare them for personal career advancement.

Project teams receive mentorship and guidance from CSIS faculty and media advisors throughout the duration of their projects.  A final oral presentation and a written report to CSIS and the faculty advisor are the major course requirements.

EMIR candidates who successfully complete the capstone project will be able to:

  • Understand complex and fast-changing international security and foreign policy issues;
  • Analyze complex data sets to discern key patterns and trends;
  • Formulate insightful analysis of an issue area and design appropriate policy recommendations or compare likely repercussions of different policies;
  • Craft compelling policy narratives combining cogent analysis and creative data visualization;
  • Communicate findings effectively both orally and across a range of multimedia platforms;
  • Collaborate effectively on diverse teams to produce a high-impact product.

PAI 700 | Conflict and Migration | Stephen Lennon

This course will explore the juncture of migration and conflict.  Using a case-study approach the course will delve into several recent conflicts that have had migration emergencies significant enough to have international impact. These will include the recent and persistent conflict in Syria, the end of conflict in Afghanistan, the migration challenge in Central America, and migration in the Sahel toward Europe. This course will also look at the migration challenges from a U.S. perspective and provide students an opportunity consider the laws, history, and reasons behind U.S. immigration policy. The course will be telescopic, focusing first on older migrations while quickly turning to more recent and even current events.   

PAI 700 | US Challenges in the Middle East | Jon Alterman

This course will explore historical, current, and anticipated future US security challenges in the Middle East, exploring how policy makers have understood and understand threats and their options to address them. We will analyze how the US sets goals for its regional actions, how its actions in the Middle East fit into a broader global strategy, and how different global contexts shape different US responses. This course will have a policy focus and writing assignments will develop the ability to write short, forceful and effective memoranda. 

Maymester 2022 Courses (May 19 - May 26) Maxwell-in-Washington


Via case studies and a review of relevant readings, assess major humanitarian challenges worldwide since 1992. Disasters caused by nature and man: conflicts and major economic stress. Challenges for women, children, refugees, displaced people. Involvement of government, UN agencies, NGO’s, militaries, donors, press, and others.

Fall 2022 Courses, Schedules and Descriptions (August 29 – December 8) Maxwell-in-Washington

All courses take place from 6:00-8:40 p.m.