Last week, a group of 13 Marymount students visited the State Department to attend an hour-long briefing with two officials from the Bureau of African Affairs to learn about U.S. efforts to combat the Lord’s Resistance Army in Central Africa. Three students (including Jon Couch, pictured below) asked questions.
For students choosing to study politics at Marymount, the university’s “capital location” is a draw based on its potential to provide students with opportunities to learn more about the government first hand. Such an experience was conducted in Dr. Chad Rector’s American Foreign Policy class in March when Dr. Peter Howard of the State Department came to speak.
Dr. Howard was able to give students as much of an inside look at the inner workings of foreign policy and the United States government as declassification would allow. Working in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, students were quick to engage Dr. Howard in discussion concerning the Arab Spring, especially since several of the students hailed from those countries involved. Continue reading A Taste of the Arab Spring: Marymount students discuss world politics with Dept. of State official