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Josef Korbel School of International Studies

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Faculty & Research Centers

Regional Emphases

The Josef Korbel School of International Studies is a leading center for advanced training and research in international affairs. Our school's faculty consists of accomplished scholars whose areas of expertise cover a wide range of subjects and issues that are of international importance.

Faculty Experts

Our faculty is a resource for the media, government, organizations, policymakers, and others who seek experts on a diverse range of topics, including regional emphases.


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  • The Center for China-U.S. Cooperation is the only institution in the Rocky Mountain region devoted to building mutual understanding, prudent policies and avenues of dispute resolution among the people of Greater China and the United States.
  • The Center for Middle East Studies (CMES) is dedicated to promoting and strengthening the study and understanding of the societies, political systems, and international relations of the Middle East and broader Islamic world, both at DU and throughout the Mountain West. Housed within the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, the Center seeks to generate scholarly research and foster public understanding of this critical and changing part of the world.
  • The Colorado European Union Center of Excellence(CEUCE) aims to promote research, reflection and policy analysis on a series of EU and transatlantic relations issues. The Center will offer a speaker series, international conferences, and workshops featuring expert practitioners and academics on a host of issues, including: the impact of the financial crisis on the Eurozone, the EU-US relationship, the future of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and the causes of globalization and its consequences for national economic organization both in Europe and beyond, and many more.
  • The Sié Chéou-Kang Center in International Security and Diplomacy is a unique teaching and research center, providing training for future leaders and research on strategy and governance within a broad, cosmopolitan understanding of international security and diplomacy. The Sié Fellows program is designed for the strongest candidates who contribute actively to the center's research and engage with global policy makers as they earn their degrees.


African Initiatives is a project born out of an effort to establish a strong regional emphasis for students at the Josef Korbel School interested in African issues. Director Peter Van Arsdale, in conjunction with the School's Students for Africa, created a dynamic infrastructure that connects students to organizations, in Denver and points beyond, that are performing important work to bolster Africa's positive growth.