Welcome to the Patterson School of Diplomacy at the University of Kentucky
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Director's Welcome

Ambassador Carey Cavanaugh at the edge of the Hermit Kingdom

Looking across the Yalu River into North Korea, it is striking how much borders continue to profoundly shape our world. Borders set the patterns of most human movement and trade, separate the haves from the have-nots, and provide the spark for many conflicts. At the same time, they've proven no match for some of today's greatest international concerns. Weapons and drugs — and sometimes terrorists — can cross from one nation to the next with surprisingly little difficulty. Information moves around the globe in an instant. And, of course, Mother Nature ignores the existence of human borders altogether.

While some doctors operate without borders, it is still too early for diplomatie sans frontiéres. Accordingly, Patterson School students study the impact of borders in classes, explore them in simulations, meet with those charged to protect them, and on occasion visit them. They learn the ins and outs of statecraft and why nations act as they do. They also look beyond borders and statecraft to transnational institutions, globalization, and the impact of science and technology. Our aim is to facilitate the study of diplomacy without limits.

I'm delighted that you have discovered the Patterson School. This highly selective and globally recognized school is distinguished by its intimate size, affordability, and focus on both diplomacy and international commerce. Our program is flexible, designed to let you focus your energies on what interests you most. Academic training focuses on teamwork and classroom instruction is heavily augmented with experiential and interactive learning. Patterson School students are bright, diverse and dedicated, with many passionately committed to making the world better.

Please explore this website and see what we have to offer. If you believe Patterson fits your personal needs, desires, and ambition, we would love to hear from you.

signature, Ambassador Carey Cavanaugh, Patterson School of Diplomacy Director



Carey Cavanaugh, Director
Ambassador (ret.)

Having celebrated its 50th anniversary, the Patterson School is earnestly building the pedagogical and technological foundation for continued success in the 21st century.

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