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The goal of the second year of the MPA/ID is to broaden the students' knowledge in the field and to deepen their understanding of a major area of development practice. Second year electives specifically designed for MPA/ID students are offered by professors Hausmann, Pande, Rodrik, and many others. Students are given wide latitude to choose their six electives. They develop the ability to apply the theoretical and empirical tools learned in their first-year core courses to a policy track which they have chosen based on their professional and career interests.
Students interested in careers in this area should focus on courses on macroeconomic policies, international trade and finance, financial sector policies, and public finance (taxation and public expenditures) with an eye to also deepening knowledge in the institutional, political, and administrative aspects of policy reform.
Students interested in this area should keep in mind two aims in choosing their courses:
Students in this area should focus on courses in finance and financial policies, the regulatory environment (including privatization), competitiveness and industrial policies, and policy related skills such as leadership and negotiation.
Additional electives may be chosen from the broad array of courses available at HKS or through cross-registration with other graduate schools at Harvard University or MIT.
Brian S. Mandell is Director of the Harvard Kennedy School Negotiation Project. His current teaching and research address the theory and practice of negotiation, emphasizing third-party facilitation and consensus building in domestic and international protracted policy disputes. Previously, he was a strategic analyst for the Canadian Department of National Defense, specializing in UN peacekeeping and the implementation of arms control agreements.
He teaches elective courses MLD-221: Introduction to Negotiation Analysis and MLD-230: Advanced Workshop in Multiparty Negotiation and Conflict Resolution.
"I wanted to create something where students would have an intensive experience that would be both intellectually engaging as experiential learning, but also emotionally demanding. And so I wanted students to commit to something that in the U.S. military we might call a 'boot camp'." — Brian Mandell
Nicholas Burns is Professor of International Relations. He teaches IGA-110: Modern Diplomacy: Peace and War in the 21st Century and IGA-116: Great Power Competition in the International System.
Professor Burns served in the United States Government for twenty-seven years. As a career Foreign Service officer, he was Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2005 to 2008; the State Department's third-ranking official when he led negotiations on the U.S.-India Civil Nuclear Agreement; a long-term military assistance agreement with Israel; and was the lead U.S. negotiator on Iran's nuclear program.