Global Governance students visit US Embassy


MSc Global Governance students recently visited the Embassy of the United States (US), London as part of their induction programme at the University of South Wales.

The trip was organised by Dr Bela Arora, Award Tutor for the MSc Global Governance, to give students grounding to some of the hot topics explored on the course.  The visit to the US Embassy was a unique opportunity for students to develop an insight into prominent security debates such as foreign fighters and counterterrorism. 

During their visit students had a briefing session with Alexander Guittard, who leads on counterterrorism issues.  He engaged in frank discussion about a range of security challenges and highlighted the US policy position as well as global approaches to shared challenges.  This was invaluable for the students in reinforcing that there are a growing number of challenges that cannot be resolved unilaterally.  Rather, there is a need to collaborate with other states and international governmental and nongovernmental organisations to make a positive and meaningful impact.

16 students attended the trip; which also included a visit to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in London. Students engaged in workshops and open Q & As with policy representatives on issues of international security and human security.

When speaking about the trip, Dr. Bela Arora said: “Students come to the course from a range of disciplinary backgrounds including sociology, politics, business, law and religious studies, and therefore the introductory week is key in providing a common grounding in issues we explore on the course.  The visit to the US Embassy gave the students a chance to engage directly with policy makers.  Alexander Guittard, also offered students the unique opportunity for a no holds barred Q&A session.”

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