The Behavioral International Economic Development (BIED) Society
What we are...
The Behavioral International Economic Development (BIED) Society is a premier international think-tank, training college, and membership association, based in Washington D.C. We were established in 2014 to help our research fellows develop a specialty and become better policy writers in international affairs.
Our Global Leadership Academy now has six fellowship and internship programs, across 20 specialized topics in international affairs. If you are looking to grow your career, be part of the international policy discussions, and support peers and be supported by other professionals, this is the place.
TO TRAIN YOUNG RESEARCH FELLOWS TO BECOME SOUGHT-AFTER INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Policy Professionals!
Our founder, Kenneth Davis, is a former Marine and trained diplomat. He noted in Afghanistan and Iraq that young professionals would do a greater job if you gave them a seat at the table and let them do something that was bigger than themselves. He created BIED Society to give them that opportunity, through our Programs and Policy Centers.
We now also have dedicated programs for senior academics and for end-of-career professionals.
“If you get your dream job right out of college, you are aiming too low.”
– Kenneth T. Davis, PhD, Founder of the BIED Society
A lot of undergraduate and graduate students struggle with what they should do, what their options are, and how to make a fulfilling career in international affairs. Most students do not have a lot of experience overseas. Many students spend vast amounts of money on second, third, or even fourth Master’s degrees, without getting a great return on their investment. They will spend two years studying, in order to achieve a single additional bullet-point for their resume.
BUILDING BETTER POLICIES THROUGH BUILDING BETTER POLICY PROFESSIONALS
Our goal is to develop and train international affairs professionals in one of our 20 specialist topics (Policy Centers), in order to help them become specialists who can write better policies.
Our Global Leadership Academy Programs
We have created a number of Fellowship and Internship programs for students and professionals across all stages of academia, the for-profit and non-profit sectors, and the military.
We will help you: develop policy research skills as an Intern; learn to write policy papers and grant applications as a Fellow; collaborate with your peers as a Policy Commissioner; and create the transformative policies you want to see as a Senior Fellow.
Our BIED Global Leadership Academy Policy Centers
We have created 20 dedicated Policy Centers, headed by experts in their fields, to help our students pick a specialty in international affairs. These 20 topics are spread across US policy, International policy, and Regional policy.
We publish a regular conference proceedings 3 times a year known as the BIED Society REVIEW. (10 page APA articles in your area of specialization.
Our International Fellows’ and Policy Commissioners’ papers are published in our flagship journal known as the BIED Society’s Global Comparative Journal. (20-page APA articles covering the same policy in at least three countries or International Organizations.)
We also publish textbooks written by third year Fellows and end of career Senior Fellow manuscripts.
We hold conferences throughout the year. These are held in both D.C. and overseas, and are a fun and informative way to discuss key policies and international affairs topics with your peers.
We host three conferences in Northern Virginia (Washington D.C. area) focused on early career professionals. The also host three Study Abroad conferences overseas on International cruises. Theses cruises are focused on mid career to senior professionals who are interested in strong policy discussions.
Key Benefits For Our Clients:
ACCELERATE YOUR INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS CAREER AND REPUTATION
“A lot of young people will look at a good salary as ‘the big win’. However, the big win is having a fulfilling career, staying in a career that you are passionate about.”
– Kenneth T. Davis, PhD
Explore the BIED Society
If you are looking to grow your career, be part of the international policy discussions, and support peers and be supported by other professionals, this is the place.