The Washington Policy Design Studio

The Washington Policy Design Studio (PDS) is the research and teaching arm of the McCain Institute for International Leadership. Employing the extensive foreign and security policy leadership experience of the Institute staff, along with cutting edge teaching technology such as ASU’s unique “Decision Theater, ” students and faculty will collaborate in practical, hands-on foreign affairs experiences and problem solving exercises. A part of the McCain Institute mission, the Policy Design Studio will focus on concrete outcomes/solutions for real world international challenges. Students will help define the problems, seek solutions, and articulate policy recommendations.

The Policy Design Studio offers an ASU-based course on the social, political and economic aspects of the humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and a Washington distance-learning course on foreign policy decision-making and the Decision Theater:

Fall Semester 2014 (Washington and Arizona)

Washington Policy Design Studio

Designing Solutions to Complex International Relations Challenges

Under the guidance of the Executive Director of ASU’s McCain Institute for International Leadership, students will engage in a highly creative and intense exercise of setting the factual baseline for effective international decision-making. Students and faculty will prepare the new Washington-based Decision Theater for foreign policy applications. Through research, design, and class discussion, participants will create a highly reliable global data set relevant to international policy-making and Decision Theater visualization. The course will be led from Washington via video link as well as in direct interaction with senior staff of the McCain Institute.

U.S. Diplomacy in Action – The Embassy Country Team

Led by the Senior Director of ASU’s McCain Institute for International Leadership, a former U.S. Ambassador, students will constitute a U.S. Embassy Country Team to a specific nation and manage a reality-based diplomatic agenda. Students will be assigned the actual roles of Embassy team members, and together with their "Ambassador," practice how U.S. foreign policy is developed and executed in the field.