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

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.

2020 Fall
1 section

International Development

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

2020 Fall
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.

2020 Fall
1 section

Examining the World Through International Relations

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

Peacemaking and Peacebuilding

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

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.

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.