International Information and Communication


About The Field

International information and communication is a critical component of international affairs and at the heart of how people of different nations perceive the world and each other. The study of international information and communication is interdisciplinary by its nature, and the curriculum at Fletcher emphasizes the political economy and policy perspective. In addition to learning about the role of international information and communication in international affairs, students will learn about the economic, political, policy, and technology forces that both enable and constrain different forms of communication, as well as the interaction of international information and communication across the many other fields studied at Fletcher.

They will also become familiar with many theoretical frameworks and analytic techniques commonly used in the many branches of international communication. The curriculum is designed to provide students with a strong background to confront the new policy, political, development, security, governance, and business challenges they will encounter in their careers from an informed analytic perspective.


Below is a representative portrait of curricular requirements for this Field of Study. Core requirements are subject to periodic updates and modifications; current Fletcher students should refer to the Registrar's course bulletin and to Fletcher Connect for definitive requirements in a given academic year.

The International Information and Communication of Study requires the completion of a minimum of three course credits from the list below.

Core Requirements for the Field

We encourage you to download our course catalog to get a better understanding of Fletcher, our curriculum, and our students.

Current Students & Alumni

Graduates of The Fletcher School's Field of International Information and Communication pursue a variety of careers. These are a sample of Fletcher current students and alumni:

Michael Dobbs Fletcher
Danielle Robinson, The Fletcher School
Elise Crane Fletcher
Michael Dobbs
MA 73, MALD 75, PhD 77

Author, House of Cards,
Former Conservative Party Chief
of Staff to Margaret Thatcher    Read Michael's story

Danielle Robinson
International Information and Communication, International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

   Read Danielle's story

Elise Crane
US Department of State,
Public Diplomacy Foreign
Affairs Officer

   Read Elise's story

Outside the Classroom

  • Edward R. Murrow Forum on Issues in Journalism
  • The Ideas Industry: Is the Academy Needed or Wanted?
  • Fletcher Debate Society Inaugural Debate: "Qatar Cheated: My Country should have gotten the World Cup!"
  • Emily Parker: "Now I Know Who My Comrades Are: Voices From the Internet Underground"
  • Hitachi Speaker Series: Joi Ito, MIT Media Lab
  • Social Networks and Gender Analysis: Applications and Opportunities
  • Projects in ICT4D, The Mobile Ecosystem
  • Thom Shanker, Pentagon correspondent, NYT "Covering America's Wars"
  • Credible Public Diplomacy: A Lesson for our Times
  • The Media and Foreign Policy: Who's in the driver's seat? - Ralph Begleiter
  • The Future of Mainstream Media - Charles Gibson, ABC World News with Charles Gibson anchor
  • Escaping Plato's Cave: How America's Blindness to the Rest of the World Threatens Our Survival - Mort Rosenblum, former Editor-in-Chief of the International Herald Tribune
  • Jihad in Cyberspace
  • Google Policy Fellowship, Internet Education Foundation - Washington, DC
  • The Wall Street Journal - Frankfurt, Germany
  • APCO Worldwide - Washington, DC
  • Bloomberg News - Washington, DC
  • Grameen Telecom - Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Office of UN Political Affairs - Washington, DC
  • International Studies Journal - Tehran, Iran
  • Rocket Internet - Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
  • "Re-¬≠inventing the Newsroom: Understanding the Business Models in Political Newspapers in Southeastern Europe"
  • "Campi ya Kanzi Case Study: Ecotourism Marketing In Kenya"
  • "Nation Branding: Greece, a Country in Crisis"
  • "State Branding in the 21st Century"
  • "Collaborative Value Sharing Between Profit and NonProfit Partners in Emerging Markets: The Case of GrameenPhone in Bangladesh"
  • "Achieving Complex National Security Missions: A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Design and Management of Collaborative Institutions"
  • "Towards a National Information Infrastructure Initiative for the United States: An Analysis of Global Broadband Deployment, Adoption and Policies for Enhancement"
  • "Never Again? The Failure of the International Community and the Media During the Rwanda Genocide"
  • "A Story of Communication, Power and Vision: Bringing Guatemalan Civil Society into the National Decision-Making Process"
  • "NGO Mission and Staff Perception: A Case Study of the Finca del Niño"
  • The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs
  • Praxis: The Fletcher Journal of Human Security
  • Al Nakhlah: The Fletcher Online Journal on Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilization
  • The Journal of Humanitarian Assistance
  • Fletcher Diplomacy Club
  • Fletcher Net Impact
  • Fletcher United Nations Club
  • Fletcher Debate Society
  • International Communications Club
  • International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Club

A Fletcher education is highly customizable, and each student may decide on a different academic trajectory to suit his or her own professional and academic goals. To get a better sense of how these individual curricular decisions can play out, we asked recent students in their final semester to talk about their goals, their classes, and the decisions made during their Fletcher career. Meet Lulu:

Pre-Fletcher Experience

Financial Analyst, J.P. Morgan, NYC

Fields of Study

International Information & Communication
International Security Studies

Capstone Topic

The Cyber Relationship between the U.S. and China

Post-Fletcher Professional Goals

To work for a private company or international organization that deals with technology and strategy.

Read about Lulu's curricular path.

Learn From The Experts: Fletcher Faculty

Carolyn Gideon, Professor at Tufts Fletcher School"Fletcher courses in International Information and Communication include emphases on policy, political economy, business, technology, and law, in keeping with the school's multidisciplinary approach."

Carolyn Gideon, Assistant Professor of International Communication and Technology Policy, Director of the Hitachi Center for Technology and International Affairs

Other faculty with expertise in the field:

Michael Klein, Professor of International Economic Affairs at Tufts Fletcher School Jeswald Salacuse, Professor of Law at Tufts Fletcher School Julie Schaffner, Associate Professor of Development Economics at Tufts Fletcher School
Michael Klein Jeswald Salacuse Julie Schaffner