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US Foreign Relations, 1970s to Present

Reading the news today, you might ask yourself, how did we get here? How did the United States become one of the world’s few remaining superpowers? And in the coming years, will the US voluntarily or involuntarily give up that role? In this course, examine US foreign relations from the 1970s to the present to gain an in-depth understanding of the major issues and protagonists that continue to define America’s current global involvement. We will study US-Soviet/Russian relations: from the Cold War to the possible beginnings of second Cold War; US-Middle East relations: Israel and the Islamic world; wars, including Vietnam, the Persian Gulf Wars, and Afghanistan; the question of North Korea; and grand challenges, including China, Cuba, the environment, nuclear proliferation, and terrorism. We will follow these major aspects of US foreign policy and evaluate how they have influenced and continue to shape our nation’s international relations.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Deeper knowledge of US history through the study of foreign relations
  • An understanding of why the United States is viewed as one of the few remaining superpowers today

Ideal for

  • The curious and creative
  • All members of the community—working, retired, and in-between
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.


    • Section

    • Semester

      Spring 2018
    • Date

      Feb 8 - May 3
    • Day

    • Time

      • In-Person
    • Format

      • In-Person
    • Sessions

    • Location

      Midtown Center
    Tuition $560