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International Relations

  • Provides Historical and Geopolitical Contexts
  • Focuses on Today’s Power Dynamics
  • Explores Framework and Goals of Diplomacy

The world order that emerged following World War II continues to influence today’s geopolitical and economic landscape, reflecting the shift into post-colonial and post-Cold War political alignments. These courses analyze foreign policy strategies by exploring the historical and geopolitical contexts that inform them, as well as the potential impacts of these policies as they are enacted globally. They are taught by faculty members from private sector, government, and multilateral organizations.

America in the World

Explore the many ways in which American politics and government are unique, as well as how they compare to the institutions of other countries.

2017 Summer
1 section

1914: The History of the Descent into World War I

This full-day course will trace the origins of World War I, from its beginnings in the French Revolution to its volcanic eruption in 1914.

2017 Spring
1 section

International Relations in the Post-World War II Era

Gain an in-depth understanding of the world order that emerged following World War II and its continued impact on the contemporary world.

2017 Spring
1 section

Global Conflict and the Crisis of Diplomacy

Examine WWI’s impact on the first half of the 20th century, including the emergence of communism and fascism and the rise of dictatorships.

International Conflict Resolution

Examine the unique characteristics of eight current conflicts around the globe from historical, religious, and cultural perspectives.

Populism and Leadership: Case Studies in Global Governance

Analyze the effectiveness of leaders in nation building and development from WWII to today.