The Government Department’s Foreign Study Program takes place each year during the fall term. In affiliation with the London School of Economics, it focuses on international relations and comparative politics.


The application deadline for the fall 2020 London Program is February 1, 2020.  If you have questions about the London Program, feel free to contact Professors William Wohlforth, Russell Muirhead, Daryl Press, Jennifer Lind, John Carey, Joseph Bafumi, or Jeremy Horowitz. More detailed information may be obtained from The Frank J. Guarini Institute for International Education, 44 North College Street or on their website.


The prerequisites for this program consist of any two of the following courses: Government 4, Government 5, or Government 6.


Coursework While on the FSP

Students receive three course credits while on the London FSP. Students take two courses taught by the London School of Economics faculty and one seminar taught by the program's director. 

Professor William Wohlforth will lead the program in Fall of 2019.  The LSE professors participating in the program are Eiko Thielemann, who teaches GOVT 90 (Politics of the European Union), and Christopher Alden, who teaches GOVT 91 (Politics of the Global South). Prof. Wohlforth teaches GOVT 92 (Political Subversion in Great Power Politics).

Govt 92 - Fall 2019 - William Wohlforth

Political Subversion in Great Power Politics

Foreign interventions in domestic affairs of other states is a contentious issue in international relations.  Focusing on the most powerful actors in international politics—the so-called great powers—the seminar tackles the core questions that need to be answered in order to craft policy responses: When and under what conditions do major powers meddle in each others’ domestic affairs? What restraints have these states accepted on this practice? Have they agreed upon rules or norms, and, if so, how did they forge such understandings?  Once we learn all we can from historical and political science scholarship on tis questions, we turn to the current issues of what’s new about political subversion in the cyber era and what, if anything, can be done about it.