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Current Affairs

  • Taught by Leading Journalists, Historians, and Authors
  • Focuses on Issues Behind Today’s News
  • Provides a Stimulating Environment for Discussion

If you are interested in current events, these courses will allow you to gain an in-depth and more contextualized understanding of today’s critical issues. This includes historic background, when appropriate, as well as an analysis of the actors and stakeholders affecting outcomes. Join your contemporaries for lively discussion and intellectual stimulation. 

This Summer, study from anywhere in the world in the safety and comfort of your home through online or remote instruction.

International Relations

Gain an in-depth understanding of the post-Cold War world order and the Cold War’s impact on current geopolitical and economic landscapes.

2020 Summer
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Fresh Water: A Challenge for the 21st Century

Gain an overall view of water and its sources, distribution, and availability, as well as the social and political dangers from its shortage.

In Real Time: The Presidential Primaries, Foreign Affairs, and Global Opinion

Examine US presidential politics in 2020 through a domestic and international lens, tracking primaries state by state and region by region.

Public Policy and Political Science Fundamentals

Examine the fundamentals of public policymaking, including how policies become reality and why certain policies succeed while others don’t.

Strategic Snapshots: The Global Response to Trump Foreign Policy

Examine from global and regional perspectives the Trump administration, particularly the US departure from its post-WWII global role.

The US, EU, and UK: International Relations, Foreign Policy, Trump, and Brexit

Study the history of and current challenges to EU integration and European-US relations, particularly from Brexit and the Trump administration.

US-EU Relations: Brexit, Trump, the UK Election, European Integration, and the Transatlantic Alliance

This course will focus on the foreign policy and geopolitical aspects of Brexit, Trump, European integration, and the transatlantic alliance.

World Politics: America and the New World Order

Examine what new instruments and forces will underwrite the coming era in world affairs and who will emerge as winners amid the changing world order.

International Development

Explore the main elements of country development—from economic, political, social, cultural, and environmental perspectives.

The Americas' Season of Discontent: Political Upheavals, Trade, Trump, and Social Unrest

Join in the analysis and assessment of challenges facing Latin America at the start of the new decade.

China's Belt and Road Initiative: Training for Professionals

Over two days, gain insight and analysis from leading experts on China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

The Muslim Ban and Refugee Crisis in a Historical Perspective

This course will trace how the intertwined histories of the Middle East and United States set the stage for the contemporary moment.