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

China and America: A Global Power Struggle

Explore the competition between the US and China, from trade tensions to Beijing's censorship of Hollywood films to the battle for tech dominance.

2022 Spring
1 section

America in the World: Considering the Future of Democracy

Explore how studying other democracies can shed light on the troubled present—and possible future—of American politics and government.

2022 Spring
1 section

Espionage: Fact vs. Fiction

Taught by a veteran intelligence professional, this course separates myth from reality in the field of espionage.

2022 Spring
1 section

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.

2022 Spring
1 section

The History of Human Rights in US Foreign Policy

This course examines US foreign policy through the prism of human rights.

2022 Spring
1 section

A Holistic Look at Iran: Economics, Religion, Politics, and More

Take a holistic look at the various aspects of Iran: environment, ethnolinguistic composition, religious proclivities, economics, and politics.

2022 Spring
1 section

Disaster Preparedness and Humanitarian Assistance

In order to achieve the key UN Sustainable Development goals of "No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health and Wellbeing, Gender Equality, Clean...

2022 Spring
1 section

Politics and Leadership in a Changing Middle East

This course will look at the historical and ideological legacies that influence politics and leadership in the Middle East. It will cover the...

2022 Spring
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Scenarios Planning

The course addresses scenarios as a forecasting and planning tool. In a turbulent world, organizations-in public and private sectors-must make...

2022 Spring
1 section

The Deeper Dive: Global Issues and US Politics in Uncertain Times

As media and rapidly changing events increasingly focus us on the immediate and short-term, we’ll step back to look at consequential...

2022 Spring
1 section

From Frontline to Headline: How Global and Social Media Make Conflict Newsworthy

The US military withdrawal from Afghanistan and the return of the Taliban has created a security vacuum in South and Central Asia, but the...

2022 Spring
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Health in Developing Countries

The world has made immense strides in improving health outcomes and increasing life-expectancy over the past century in large part due to...

2022 Spring
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Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction

This course will examine the economic challenges poor countries face and the strategies proposed to deal with them, beginning with an analysis...

2022 Spring
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Managing Risk and Uncertainty

Operating in conditions of uncertainty can be disorienting and bewildering. A risk-informed approach can allow global leaders to make informed...

2022 Spring
1 section

Public Policy Fundamentals

Examines the basic principles of government and political science and gain fundamental skills for a public policy career.

Brexit: Cause, Course, and Consequence

Taught by a former British trade official, this unique course will explain the causes and implications of the United Kingdom's (UK) exit...

International Development

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

Publishing Op-Eds and Blogposts

Develop a foundation in argumentative, critical, and analytic writing, and sharpen essential editing skills, for use in international affairs.

Education and International Development

According to the World Bank, education is a powerful driver of development and one of the strongest instruments for reducing poverty and...

Midway to the Midterms: Politics, Priorities, and Policy

Almost a year into the Biden administration and with the congressional midterm elections next year, the United States continues to face serious...

Human Rights and Development

A rights-based approach to development has become increasingly central in explaining and addressing the underlying issues related to economic,...

Global Uncertainty: Money, Diplomacy, and Technological Change in the 21st Century World

What should we expect from the 21st century? A period of Great Power war, similar to the 20th century, or a long and commercial peace, similar...

Politics and Development

"Good governance" is an essential condition for growth in low-income countries, and for human development as well. A number of the...

Applied Project: Managing Risk and Scenarios Planning

Working with a dedicated faculty advisor, students will be able to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired in the previous courses to...