International Political Economy and Diplomacy

In an era where there is a growing focus on economic diplomacy, UB’s B.A. in International Political Economy and Diplomacy fills a crucial niche. The major provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the global political economy and with the analytical skills needed to evaluate change and direction.

The study of the international economic system provides insight into how it produces and distributes wealth. The study of the international political system provides insight into how institutions and rules govern social and economic development.

Because diplomatic negotiations form the basis of new international law, and because diplomacy operates within the framework of extant international law, the study of diplomacy is an important component in the study of international political economy.

Political economy represents a nexus between politics and economics, and international political economy includes study of the area in which international politics and international economics meet. It represents an investigation of the political basis of economic action and the economic basis of political action. An important additional consideration is the role of international law in circumscribing political and economic activity.

Recent graduates of the program have gone on to top graduate programs including Harvard, London, Johns Hopkins, Wisconsin and Columbia. IPED graduates are now working in places such as the UN, major INGOs and in numerous other international organizations and corporations.

Honor Societies

The College of Public and International Affairs houses chapters of Pi Gamma Mu, the National Social Science Honor Society; Sigma Iota Rho, the National Honor Society for International Studies and Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society.

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Feb
23
Thu
CPIA Roundtable with Prof. Mohammed Al-Azdee @ Discovery Pavilion, Wahlstrom Library
Feb 23 @ 12:20 pm – 1:20 pm

The Arab Spring: Beyond Media Effects

Led by Professor Mohammed Al-Azdee

Learn about the study that examines primary and secondary data from the 22 nations of the Arab League.

It presents an equation that offers insight into why protests emerged in some countries during the Arab Spring.

Contact Susan Katz at skatz@bridgeport.edu or (203) 583-0509 for more information.

Mar
16
Thu
CPIA Roundtable with Dean Thomas Ward @ Discovery Pavilion, Wahlstrom Library
Mar 16 @ 12:20 pm – 1:20 pm

Colonization in Hindsight: The View from Taiwan

Led by Dean Thomas Ward

Japan annexed both Taiwan (1895) and Korea (1905) into its Empire.

This presentation will look at the experiences that resulted in sharp differences in the attitude that the two have towards Japan today.

Contact Susan Katz at skatz@bridgeport.edu or (203) 583-0509 for more information.

Graduate Information Session – Waterbury @ Waterbury Center
Mar 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Students interested in graduate programs at the University of Bridgeport are welcome to join us at our Waterbury location for information regarding the application process and program details.

The graduate programs represented will include those in:

  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Counseling
  • Public and International Affairs

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Mar
23
Thu
Graduate Information Session @ Wahlstrom Library - 6th Fl Admissions
Mar 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Students interested in graduate programs at the University of Bridgeport are welcome to join us for information regarding the application process and program details.

The graduate programs represented will include those in:

  • Education
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Design Management
  • Counseling
  • Public and International Affairs

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Apr
12
Wed
CPIA Roundtable with Prof. Nancy Wei @ Discovery Pavilion, Wahlstrom Library
Apr 12 @ 12:20 pm – 1:20 pm

The Post-Arbitration South China Sea Disputes

Led by Professor Nancy Wei

In July 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration nullified China’s South China Sea claims, but the dispute is far from being over.

Beijing and Taipei both rejected the ruling, and Philippine’s new President Duterte has shocked many by agreeing to shelve the dispute with Beijing.

How do the new developments affect Washington’s South China Sea strategy?

Contact Susan Katz at skatz@bridgeport.edu or (203) 583-0509 for more information.

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