In this course, we will take a deep dive into the critical issues that are emerging on the world stage and are facing the United Sates.
Let’s envision a grand strategy for U.S. foreign policy for the 21st century. What are our goals? Where are the threats? How will the impact of militarism, climate change, globalization, migration, trade, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, technology, and shifting alliances inform the direction of the future? How will our goals align with or confront those of our peer adversaries China and Russia, our allies, and independent emerging powers? We will explore the challenges and join in the conversation!
Let’s envision a grand strategy for U.S. foreign policy for the 21st century. What are our goals? Where are the threats? How will the impact of militarism, climate change, globalization, migration, trade, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, technology, and shifting alliances inform the direction of the future? How will our goals align with or confront those of our peer adversaries China and Russia, our allies, and independent emerging powers? Let’s explore the challenges and join in the conversation!
Next year Americans will vote in the 59th presidential election. The 2020 contest holds potential to be among the most interesting, and consequential, in recent history. Since the 1970s, our political system and much of the electorate have become deeply polarized along party lines as reflected in the fact that many parents now tell pollsters they would be more deeply upset if their children married a member of the other party than would be the case if they exchanged vows with a person of different religious faith. Nearly three years into the presidency of Donald J. Trump this polarization has intensified. A large majority of voters have strong and opposing views of the 45th President. 2020 promises to be a bruising, hard-hitting contest in a nation where political coalitions are shifting. Older white, blue-collar voters and most rural residents have moved toward the Trump Republican Party, while more affluent educated voters in cities and suburbs, along with Millennials and Gen Zers, have shifted toward the Democrats. But before we get to the 2020 General Election, the major parties have to settle on their nominees. President Trump has solidified his control of the GOP. The always remote possibility of impeachment and conviction or removal has disappeared, so, barring health issues, the Republican Party appears to have its candidate. Quite the reverse on the Democratic side—20+ candidates have entered the fight for their nomination. The winnowing down of that large field will be in full swing by the Fall of 2019. We expect five or six viable candidates to survive this process and still be in the race before Americans start voting in February 2020. This class will closely follow the pre-primary process of elimination that will elevate a few contenders from the most diverse field of presidential aspirants in the nation’s history, while pushing others down and, in some cases, out of the race before any votes are counted.
The 2016 midterms were dubbed the “Year of the Woman,” but did you know that Life magazine first declared 1972 the “Year of the Woman”? This course places the current groundswell of women candidates, strategists, and active voters in historical context, tracing out the history of women in politics since the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. Historians are asking, in this centennial moment, very pointed questions we will explore together: How much did women’s suffrage matter? Why did getting the vote not lead to gender parity in politics? And why have diverse women’s access to voting rights and political power been uneven?
This course will focus on breaking stories and broader trends in U.S. foreign policy. Subjects could include the Trump Administration's approach to foreign affairs; the ongoing tragedy of Syria; U.S. and North Korean tensions; the Iran nuclear deal; Moscow's policies in Europe and the Middle East; the short to medium term prospects for Chinese-American conflict; or any myriad of other issues that could emerge onto the international scene. The object throughout is to have an open, thought-provoking discussion that will allow students to move beyond sound bites in order to better understand the international challenges we face as a nation.