Concentration Director's Message

Mary Beth Altier

Dear Prospective Student,

A quick glance at the news reveals no shortage of threats confronting the international order, national security, and humanity. The concentration in transnational security covers conventional interstate threats such as the crisis in the South China Sea; sub-state threats including civil war, terrorism, insurgency, and organized crime; threats to human security including climate change, infectious disease, and food, water, and energy security. Students grapple with the implications of the Iranian nuclear agreement, Russia's actions in Ukraine, the rise of ISIS, the refugee crisis, a proliferation of failed states, intelligence reform, drug and human trafficking, homegrown radicalization, and post-conflict reconstruction. We discuss how technology and globalization alter the conduct of war and challenge norms from cyber to nonlinear warfare, to unmanned weapons, and terrorists' use of social media, encryption, and the Dark Web. The aim of the concentration is to not only understand the threats that confront states, organizations, and individuals, but to better prepare students to be able to detect, anticipate, and thwart emerging threats whether they work in government or the private sector.

Employers find our students possess not only the academic knowledge and analytic skills necessary to excel, but also the practical experience and connections in their field. Most of our students participate in Global Field Intensives and many engage in credit-bearing internships or independent study in which they obtain hands-on experience working for associated organizations in New York City or abroad. Our graduates are employed in a variety of careers in the military, with government agencies, or in the private sector for companies such as Kroll, RANE, Morgan Stanley, and AIG. Some are on the front lines of counterterrorism, monitoring and analyzing terrorist behavior on the Internet and the Dark Web for companies such as Dataminr and Flashpoint. Many others put their skills to use working for NGOs, the UN, or think tanks such as the Council on Foreign Relations and The Soufan Group. We hope you will join us.

Mary Beth Altier
Clinical Assistant Professor
NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs