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World Politics: Crises, Wars, and Cold Wars

The past year has been full of international crises: the Korean crisis, worsening relations between Russia and the United States, problems in Sino-American relations, explosive tensions in the Middle East, Sino-Indian and Indo-Pakistani conflicts, and intra-European issues, among others. Big military buildups are taking place, along with threats and counterthreats. Why is this happening now? Will some or any of these situations erupt into actual physical wars, or are we entering a time of permanent crisis, always on the edge? How dangerous is this and how long can brinkmanship continue? What are the policies/activities of major powers—the US, Russia, and China—and what are their responsibilities? Is there any role for the United Nations? How will these crises affect the progress of smaller nations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America? What is the overall impact on the global economy? Are there lessons from earlier Cold War periods, such as the US/Russian relationship and the Cuban Missile Crisis? Can today’s leaders manage these tensions? Could recklessness or misjudgments bring disaster or even nuclear war? How will current conflicts and developments affect action on other global urgencies, such as climate change, terrorism, and refugees? This course will discuss these and other questions in the context of current world affairs.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Historical context for examining today’s most critical issues
  • Analysis of global events

Ideal for

  • Students of current affairs who wish to deepen their understanding of global trends
  • Engaged individuals seeking broad analysis of today’s conflicts
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