As part of a co-​​op with the NATO Defense Col­lege, in Rome, third-​​year inter­na­tional affairs major Miguel de Corral penned four edi­to­rials on the Arab Spring, encom­passing the recent wave of polit­ical protests and demon­stra­tions that have swept through Egypt, Libya, Syria and Tunisia.

The edi­to­rials ana­lyzed con­tro­ver­sial topics ranging from the Muslim Broth­er­hood in Egypt to the role of Arab states in defusing the civil war in Libya. Europe’s World — an inde­pen­dent policy journal in which polit­ical fig­ures such as Italy’s Min­ister of For­eign Affairs make reg­ular con­tri­bu­tions — pub­lished two of the articles.

To get pub­lished shows that my ideas are respected by a larger com­mu­nity,” de Corral said. “It also won me a lot of respect with my col­leagues, who included me in meet­ings related to the Middle East and encour­aged me to con­tribute my own ideas like everyone else.”

The NATO Defense Col­lege is a major center of edu­ca­tion, research and out­reach for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s 28 member states and its part­ners. The expe­ri­en­tial learning oppor­tu­nity with the mil­i­tary col­lege, de Corral said, has con­vinced him to pursue a career in inter­na­tional secu­rity and politics.

He cred­ited Northeastern’s inter­na­tional co-​​op pro­gram for giving him the oppor­tu­nity to find his calling. As de Corral put it, “Get­ting the co-​​op with the NATO Defense Col­lege in Italy had a huge influ­ence on me. It’s crit­ical to live in and work in the coun­tries you study in the classroom.”

He backs up his words with action.

De Corral — who com­pleted two Dia­logue of Civ­i­liza­tions pro­grams in Egypt and Geneva, Switzer­land, last summer — is cur­rently on a Dia­logue of Civ­i­liza­tions pro­gram in the Balkans, where he is studying con­flict res­o­lu­tion and peace building. In August, he will begin a second inter­na­tional co-​​op with the Geneva Forum, a dis­ar­ma­ment ini­tia­tive cre­ated by the United Nations Insti­tute for Dis­ar­ma­ment Research.

The Spanish-​​born stu­dent might be apt to call him­self a global cit­izen. As a kid, he often trav­eled to Dublin, Ire­land, and Vienna, Aus­tria. At North­eastern, he devel­oped an appre­ci­a­tion for people and cul­tures from far-​​flung parts of the world.

I’ve been able to get a good grasp on a lot of dif­ferent issues in many dif­ferent regions in the world,” de Corral said.