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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.

Peacemaking and Peacebuilding

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

2019 Summer
1 section

Global LGBTI Rights

Examine in detail how LGBTI issues have evolved and how they have been addressed at the UN and in other international forums.

2019 Summer
1 section

International Development

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

2019 Summer
1 section

World Politics: The New Global Power Alignments

Explore the impact on the the global power structure of the significant shifts in alignments, which have shaped global politics in recent years.

2019 Summer
4 sections

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.

2019 Summer
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.

2019 Spring
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

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.

2019 Spring
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

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.

2019 Spring
1 section

Great Powers and Small Neighbors: The Cases of US-Cuba, USSR-Finland, and China-Vietnam Relations

Explore international relations from a different paradigm by examining asymmetric relations between countries.

2019 Spring
1 section

Comparative Political Systems

Gain an overview of comparative political systems while tailoring the course work to target specific countries that are of greatest interest to you.

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.

The Great Game of Sports and Politics

Discuss the intersection of sports and politics relating to peace and security, social progress, corruption and doping, and national reputation.