Master of Arts in Diplomacy

Program Director

Lasha Tchantouridzé, PhD

Welcome to Norwich University's Diplomacy Program

In this still young century, the United States of America, alongside the rest of the world, has faced an increasingly multifaceted international environment. Respectively, the practice and theory of diplomacy and international relations have evolved to accommodate many different areas of interstate transactions – from age-old diplomatic exchanges to conflict management and state-building efforts in various parts of the world, from traditional trade relations to the chaotic array of new financial instruments, from traditional military responses to innovative counterinsurgency measures.

The Master of Arts in Diplomacy program at Norwich University echoes this fast-changing environment. The diplomacy program attracts students who are preparing for positions of leadership in a variety of professions and fields, including: the military, foreign service, the intelligence community, law enforcement, education, and international business, along with service in intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations. Understanding intricacies of current international affairs is one precursor of success in the international arena.

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Dr. Lasha Tchantouridzé is Associate Professor and Director of the graduate programs in Diplomacy and International Relations. He is also a Davis Center Associate, Harvard University, Boston, MA; Research Fellow, the Center for Defence and Security Studies, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada; and Advisory Board Member of Peace & War Center at Norwich University. He earned his PhD in International Relations from Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Tchantouridzé’s research interests are at the intersection of diplomacy and force in international politics, and his academic publications are in the areas of geopolitics, Russian foreign policy, Canadian foreign policy, the Arctic, the Black Sea basin, international politics in the Caucasus, and NATO-Russia relations.

Recent Publications:

“Canada’s Northern Dilemma: Resurgent Russia and the Competition over the Arctic,” Asian Journal of Canadian Studies, Vol. 21, No. 2, fall 2014.

“Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan: Comparing Canadian and Soviet Efforts,” International Journal, a special issue: Canada and Afghanistan: a Political, Diplomatic, Security, Economic & Social Assessment, Volume LXVIII, No. 2, summer 2013.

“Unipolarity: Theories, Images, and Canada’s Foreign Policy Priorities” Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, Volume 18, Issue 2, 2012.

“Political Economy of Kyrgyzstan’s Domestic (In)Stability,” The Journal of Central Asian Studies, Srinagar, Kashmir, Vol. XX, No. 1, 2011, pp. 89-102. 

Realpolitik and the Russo-Georgian War: Three Years On,” with Ryan Dessayn, Central Asia and the Caucasus 13 (1) 2012. 
In Russian: Лаша Чантуридзе и Р. Дессейнь, «Realpolitik и война России с Грузией: Три года спустя,»  Центральная Азия и Кавказ 15 (1), 2012.

“Canada and the New Russian-European Condominium,” Canadian Military Journal, Vol. 11, No. 3, summer 2011.
In French: “Le nouveau condominium russo-européen : Réévaluer les engagements pris par le Canada envers l’Europe en matière de défense,” Revue Militaire Canadienne, Vol. 11, No. 3, 2011.


GD510 Theory and the International System
GD542 Terrorism: Introduction and State Sponsored Terrorism
GD560 Military Intervention and Conflict Management in the International System
IR510 World Politics – International Relations
IR531 National Security

Associate Program Director
Fianna Verret, MA

Fianna Verret has worked at Norwich University for several years. In addition to serving as the associate program director for the Master of Arts in Diplomacy program and being an alumna of the diplomacy program herself, she has taught undergraduate international relations courses online and a world economy class on the Norwich University campus. She previously taught English as a Second Language (ESL) for the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, working with a diverse population of students from the global community. She has a BA in English Literature with a Russian Language and Literature Minor from Saint Michael's College, and an MA in diplomacy with a concentration in conflict management and resolution from Norwich University.

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Associate Program Director of Academics
Charles Lerche, PhD

Charles Lerche is the associate program director (academics) for the Master of Arts in Diplomacy program and teaches Theory and the International System, Conflict Avoidance, Prevention and Containment, and American Foreign Policy. He holds a BA in history, an MA in international studies and a PhD in political science. He has taught at several universities around the world, including three in Nigeria; the Free University of Brussels; the University of Maastricht (the Netherlands); and Boston University in the Overseas Program. Besides Norwich University, he currently teaches adjunct courses for the Troy University (Alabama) eCampus. His research interests include Third World politics and international relations with an emphasis on Africa, and peace and conflict studies. Charles has co-authored Concepts of International Politics in Global Perspective and The Implementation of Peace Accords: From Piecemeal to Peacebuiliding and edited two volumes of essays on world order studies. He has published articles in a variety of scholarly journals including inter alia, The Journal of African and Asian Studies, The Journal of African Studies, The International Journal of Peace Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies and International Politics. He is also a contributor to the The International Encyclopedia of Peace.

Recent Publication:

Co-author with Howon-Jeong, “The Implementation of Peace Accords: From Piecemeal to Peacebuilding”, in N. Young (ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Peace. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Courses Taught:

GD510 Theory and the International System
GD540 Conflict Avoidance, Prevention, and Containment
IR520 American Foreign Policy

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Student Services Advisor
Benjamin Sipe, MPA

As an undergraduate student at Norwich University, Benjamin Sipe was a member of the Corps of Cadets and graduated in 2005 with a BA in history. He went on to receive his master's degree in public administration from Norwich in 2010. He currently serves the Norwich University Online community as the Assistant Director of Student Services as well as the student service advisor for multiple master's programs. His role is to support the entire student services advisor team and their students. He looks forward to residency each year when he can meet all the students in person and share in their experience.

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Featured Faculty

Najiba Benabess, PhD

Najiba Benabess is the Director of the School of Business and Management and the Associate Academic Program Director of the online MBA program at Norwich. She came to Norwich University in 2007 as an assistant professor teaching variety of courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics and quantitative methods. In 2012, she was granted a tenure and promotion to associate professor and director. She is also an online instructor for several universities and colleges in the Milwaukee area. She previously served as a full-time professor at the University of Monterrey in Guadalajara, Mexico. Her background and research in economics focus on industrial organization. She has been presenting and publishing her research nationally and internationally. In March 2013, her paper, “Does Fiscal Stimulus Stimulate?”  was selected as the best paper of the conference at the Multidisciplinary conference by Klute Institute. In February 2009, she received the “best paper award” by the International Journal of Arts and Sciences conference for her paper, “Privatization versus Subsidization in Mixed Oligopoly”. She holds a doctoral degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and speaks several languages.

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Angela Kachuyevski, PhD

Angela Kachuyevski specializes in international negotiation and conflict resolution and international security studies. She has lived and worked in Russia on grassroots democratization and peace-building initiatives and has contributed to numerous conflict prevention and ethnic conflict management research projects. She is the author of numerous scholarly articles and is a frequent speaker on conflicts in divided societies, minority rights, and conflict prevention. She received a bachelor’s degree in international studies and in Russian language and literature from the Ohio State University, and both a master’s degree in law and diplomacy and a doctorate degree in international relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

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Narain Batra, PhD

Narain D. Batra, the author of The First Freedoms and America’s Culture of Innovation: The Constitutional Foundations of the Aspirational Society (2013) and Digital Freedom: How Much Can You Handle? (2007), and other books, teaches in the Master of Diplomacy program in the College of Graduate Studies. He developed the capstone seminar: Global Corporate Diplomacy, which he teaches twice a year. He also conducts workshops and symposia for the Diplomacy Program. From 1995 through 2009 Batra wrote a weekly column, “Cyber Age,” for The Statesman (India). He has been contributing to The Diplomat (Japan), The Times of India, The Business Standard, and The Burlington Free Press. Batra continues his scholarly research as well as his freelance journalism. In November 2014 he was awarded Faculty Development Grant and Chase International Travel Grant for visiting Bhutan and India in preparation for his next book: India After India: When Civilizations Meet and Cultures Clash. Expected date of completion: 2018-19. Batra is also a professor for undergraduate students at Norwich University, he teaches media law and ethics, social media and digital culture, and television criticism. Batra is a public lecturer and an avid golfer.

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