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World Politics: Big Powers--Stability vs. Catastrophe

Big powers—including the United States, China, and Russia—maintained stability in world politics for about two decades after the end of the Cold War. More recently, however, several major states have become far more aggressive in their international policies (including Russia’s activities in Syria, Ukraine, and with cyber programs; China’s island policies, Indo-border approaches, and economic outreach; and the United States’ stepped-up engagements in the Middle East, Asia, and in economic affairs). Other significant powers, like the European Union, Japan, and India, also have become involved in these situations. Important states like Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Iran are now engaging in increasingly confrontational activities, often with support by and encouragement from, big powers. Is this indicative of a new era in world affairs? Will it result in some catastrophe—new or expanded conflicts, surrogate wars, or economic instability? How will this impact other nations in the Middle East, Latin America, and Africa? Can the relative stability of the past be restored, or are we on the way to major clashes and conflicts? How will this affect the global prospect as other concerns, like climate change and refugees, require international cooperation? Is there a role for the United Nations? Who is responsible for this situation? Who will be the winners and losers? This course will examine these and other issues 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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