Part of the CITS mission is to prepare future leaders in the fields of international security and nonproliferation. To that end, we have student programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and offer opportunities for our students to participate in or present at the workshops we run for government officials. We also set up student exchange fellowships with our international partners.
The Richard B. Russell Security Leadership Program (SLP) is a year-long fellowship focused on nonproliferation and national security. The first semester is spent in an intensive research-oriented course taught by CITS staff and guest lecturers from the policymaking and national security communities. In the second semester, students work on projects ranging from country assessments to international workshops and seminars for strategic trade control practitioners.
SLP participants have gone on to positions in the US government, the UN, the International Atomic Energy Agency, large high-technology manufacturers, trade-oriented consulting firms, & academic institutions.
The ISN is a concentration within the Master of International Policy degree. The concentration in International Security and Nonproliferation combines social science methods and practice from the field to analyze issues of nuclear, chemical, biological and radiological weapons and their proliferation.
The ISN provides advanced training for students pursuing non-academic careers in international governmental and non-governmental organizations; in the diplomatic corps and foundations; in federal agencies such as the Departments of State and Energy and the intelligence community; and in foreign policy making, strategic trade, and other international policy fields.
Taught jointly by International Affairs faculty and Ph.D.-level practitioners from CITS
Students gain comprehensive knowledge of nonproliferation and disarmament law and practice
Students obtain training in foreign policy fields including strategic trade, defense policy, international security policy, arms control, nuclear security culture, economic and political development
The ISN prepares students for careers in the public and private sectors, both in the U.S. and abroad
For information about the ISN program or to apply, contact Prof. Jeffrey Berejikian or Prof. William W. Keller. You can also download a PDF brochure.
The close relationship between CITS and our partners in China creates unique opportunities for student enrichment. Every year, two undergraduates from the Security Leadership Program receive five-week internships with the Center's Chinese partners. They also attend CITS events in China, giving them the opportunity to meet and network with international businessmen and officials involved in security policy.
This is a reciprocal student exchange, with two students from Chinese universities joining counterparts at the University of Georgia for classes at CITS, the School of Public and International Affairs, and the Terry College of Business. The program is sponsored by Norinco.