Zain Abid will never forget the day he was grilled by a former head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Abid (BA, 2017) was a UW senior at the time, enrolled in Task Force—a capstone course for international studies majors in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. Up to a dozen Task Force courses are offered annually, each focusing on a different complex global issue. Small groups of 12 - 20 students develop detailed policy recommendations, which they then present to a knowledgeable evaluator such as an ambassador, CEO of a global corporation, or high-ranking government official. The evaluator for Abid’s Task Force course? John Deutch, former Deputy Secretary of Defense and former Director of the CIA.