study of Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilization has taken on
additional significance in light of current events and rapid global
Since 1984, the Program on Southwest Asia and Islamic
Civilization has enjoyed a distinguished reputation not only within the
Fletcher Community, but also throughout the Association of Professional
Schools of International Affairs.
The primary goal of this
program is to imbue Fletcher students with a multi-disciplinary
approach in analyzing the political, economic, cultural, and social
conditions of Southwest Asia. The program further aims to prepare its
graduates to successfully assume leadership positions in both the
public and private sectors of this ever changing region of the world.
professional approach to education coupled with extracurricular
activities, including guest lectures, academic symposiums, discussion
groups, trips, and diplomatic training programs continue to make the
program one of the most informative, popular, and academically
stimulating at The Fletcher School.
Students of the program
come from a wide variety of backgrounds and locations across all
corners the globe. Most of our students enter the program after having
held positions in government, international business, NGOs, and
academia. The eclectic mix of students makes for informative
discussions and lively debates both in and outside of the classroom.
Such an environment is both rewarding and extremely thought provoking,
and permits students to finish the program with a strong global