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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. 

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

Decision-Making in Foreign Affairs

Gain an introduction to the analysis of foreign policy decision-making, as conducted at the individual, group, and organizational levels.

2021 Spring
1 section

Peacemaking and Peacebuilding

Explore contemporary methods for peacemaking and peacebuilding as responses to real and potential deadly international conflicts.

2021 Spring
1 section

Beyond the Headlines: The Balance of Power in a Post-Pandemic World

This course will contextualize current global news and politics with both historic and forward-looking perspectives.

2021 Spring
1 section

Espionage: Fact vs. Fiction

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

2021 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.

2021 Spring
1 section

America in the World: US Politics and Government in a Time of Change

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

Examining the World Through International Relations

Explore the foundational theories and history of international relations, and analyze the competing ideologies, threats, and challenges.

Leadership and Governance in the Time of Pandemic: Autocrats and Democrats, Winners and Losers

Examine leaders’ strategies and policies during the pandemic that have either saved lives and livelihoods or sown divisiveness and crisis.

International Development

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

Country Risk: Geopolitics, Policy, and Regulation

Gain an understanding of the drivers and costs associated with specific risks in the context of energy markets and project finance.

Communication Strategies for Successful Crisis Management, Negotiation, and Conflict Resolution

Acquire a framework to apply the many communications tools available to resolve conflict situations and achieve a successful conclusion.

Quantitative Boot Camp: Foundational Statistics for Global Affairs and Beyond

Gain a practical, hands-on foundation in basic statistics by leveraging open data sources and free, open-source data analysis tools.