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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.

International Development

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

2021 Summer
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Midway to the Midterms: Politics, Priorities, and Policy

Almost a year into the Biden administration and with the congressional midterm elections next year, the United States continues to face serious...

2021 Fall
1 section

Disaster Preparedness and Humanitarian Assistance

In order to achieve the key UN Sustainable Development goals of "No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health and Wellbeing, Gender Equality, Clean...

2021 Fall
1 section

Scenarios Planning

The course addresses scenarios as a forecasting and planning tool. In a turbulent world, organizations-in public and private sectors-must make...

2021 Fall
1 section

Spies at War: Fact vs. Fiction

World War II was a critical challenge for the intelligence services of the major powers, laying the groundwork for espionage during the Cold War...

2021 Fall
1 section

Global Uncertainty: Money, Diplomacy, and Technological Change in the 21st Century World

What should we expect from the 21st century? A period of Great Power war, similar to the 20th century, or a long and commercial peace, similar...

2021 Fall
1 section

Health in Developing Countries

The world has made immense strides in improving health outcomes and increasing life-expectancy over the past century in large part due to...

2021 Fall
1 section

Managing Risk and Uncertainty

Operating in conditions of uncertainty can be disorienting and bewildering. A risk-informed approach can allow global leaders to make informed...

2021 Fall
1 section

America in the World: US Politics and Government in the Post-Trump Era

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

2021 Summer
1 section

Brexit: Cause, Course, and Consequence

Taught by a former British trade official, this unique course will explain the causes and implications of the United Kingdom's (UK) exit...

2021 Summer
1 section

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.

2021 Summer
1 section

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.

2021 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.

2021 Summer
1 section

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.

2021 Summer
1 section

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.

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.

Peacemaking and Peacebuilding

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

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.

Espionage: Fact vs. Fiction

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

Education and International Development

According to the World Bank, education is a powerful driver of development and one of the strongest instruments for reducing poverty and...

Human Rights and Development

A rights-based approach to development has become increasingly central in explaining and addressing the underlying issues related to economic,...

Applied Project - Managing Risk and Scenarios Planning

Working with a dedicated faculty advisor, students will be able to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired in the previous courses to...

Politics and Development

"Good governance" is an essential condition for growth in low-income countries, and for human development as well. A number of the...

Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction

This course will examine the economic challenges poor countries face and the strategies proposed to deal with them, beginning with an analysis...