World Politics: Leadership Change and the Global Agenda
World affairs are greatly affected by the policies, personalities, and capacities of leaders—traditionally, leaders of major nations. Today, however, even leaders of small countries (such as North Korea and Syria) can have an outsized impact on global events. Currently, significant changes are taking place in the leadership of several key states. Already, in the United States, the Trump administration has made remarkable shifts in both policy and how it is conducted. There are new leaders in several European nations (including Britain, France, and Germany). In Latin America and Asia, important states (Mexico, Brazil, and South Korea) have, or will soon have, new leaders. In the Middle East, older systems of government may change because of new pressures. Yet, the leadership of China and Russia remain largely unchanged. Will this balance between newer and long-lasting leaders affect world affairs? As a result, is the world safer or more dangerous? What are the present and potential danger zones and how will newer and older leaders react to them? Will leadership change in major countries enhance or diminish their international position? How will this impact on broader issues, such as climate change, human rights, and refugees? Who will be the winners and losers? This course will discuss these and other critical issues in the context of current international affairs.
You'll Walk Away with
- Historical context for examining today’s most critical issues
- Analysis of global events
- Students of current affairs who wish to deepen their understanding of global trends
- Engaged individuals seeking broad analysis of today’s conflicts