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International Relations in the Post-World War II Era

Gain an in-depth understanding of the world order that emerged following World War II, and explore how that era continues to shape the geopolitical and economic landscapes of our contemporary world. Consider the principal theories of international relations and analyze the key dimensions of Cold War politics, competing ideologies, threats, and challenges. Examine the critical events and policies from the Cold War to the War on Terror, including the “hot” wars of the Cold War; the end of colonialism; European economic integration; nuclear proliferation; globalization; the emergence of new players on the economic scene; and “issues without borders,” such as climate change, human rights, trafficking, and global pandemics. Discuss the influence that key leaders, international organizations, civil society groups, and technology have in shaping the world as we know it today.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of the emergence of the current great power dynamics of the 21st century
  • Familiarity with the dominant theories of how nations interact

Ideal for

  • Students new to a study of international relations and politics
  • More experienced students who seek to apply IR theory to current events

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