The New Context

The Student Journal of International Affairs at The New School


The United Nations Summer Study program puts graduate, undergraduate, and PhD students on the ground in the United Nations and in New York City. The UNSS takes students beyond a narrow focus on security and diplomacy to investigate development, human rights, humanitarian action, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, and environmental and reform issues. Students engage with contemporary issues, policies, and debates in international affairs. Students enrolled in the UNSS practicums enable hands-on experience in consultancy work with the UN system. The following includes opinion editorial pieces written by students during their involvement in the UNSS.