Before enrolling at the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs at The New School, Mahmoud Ameen (MA ’16) was was working as an advisor at the Saudi Mission to the United Nations in New York City. In his job at the Mission, Ameen was tasked with following the deliberations of the UN Security Council and, though he had an undergraduate degree in Political Science, he believed a more focused degree would strengthen his work. Ameen was drawn to the M.A. in International Affairs at The New School because it was tailored to young professionals embarking on their careers and wishing to equip themselves with more academic expertise.
“At The New School, I learned how to better translate my point of view into a more cohesive argument,” says Ameen. “This is extremely beneficial for me as a diplomat working at a multilateral organization such as the United Nations, where for many of the issues I need to convince other member states to buy into differing positions.”
Ameen says he was impressed to see that International Affairs faculty members included both scholars and skilled professionals, and that many of the courses he took focused on the erosion of state control, peacekeeping, and peace building.
Currently, Ameen serves as an advisor at the Security Council Affairs at the Permanent Mission of Saudi Arabia to the UN and also represents Saudi Arabia at the Fifth Committee of the UN General Assembly, which is the Administrative and Budgetary Committee. The International Affairs program prepared Mahmoud for his work at the UN by giving him a fundamental understanding of how development is interconnected with other issues such as peace, security, and human rights.