Current Events and Politics

U.S. AND THE WORLD: Emerging Challenges and Opportunities

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Price: 250.00 USD
12 Weeks

09 - 09 - 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2019-09-09 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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!

U.S. AND THE WORLD: Emerging Challenges and Opportunities

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Price: 250.00 USD
12 Weeks

09 - 11 - 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2019-09-11 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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!

ASSESSING THE PARTISAN LANDSCAPE: Approaching a Critical Presidential Election

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Price: 250.00 USD
10 Weeks

09 - 18 - 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2019-09-18 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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.

BATTLEGROUND 2020

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Price: 250.00 USD
10 Weeks

01 - 27 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2020-01-27 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

With the U.S. House of Representatives on a course to impeach Donald J. Trump on several charges, the U.S. Senate likely will be holding the third trial in American history of a sitting president early next year. It also happens to be a presidential election year. The trial will probably be getting underway just as a somewhat thinned-out Democratic field faces voters in four early state primaries and caucuses starting in Iowa on February 4 and concluding in South Carolina on February 29th. Three days later Texas, California, and at least 10 other states hold their Super Tuesday primaries. These parallel processes ensure a most interesting spring of 2020. This course will track these developments and other political stories in national and state politics as our nation approaches the fall General Election, arguably one of the most important in American history and the first contest since the 1980s where Texas is expected to be a battleground state.

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO ERIC: Ongoing and Emerging Challenges for the U.S. and the World

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Price: 250.00 USD
12 Weeks

01 - 27 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2020-01-27 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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!

BATTLEGROUND 2020

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Price: 250.00 USD
10 Weeks

01 - 29 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2020-01-29 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

With the U.S. House of Representatives on a course to impeach Donald J. Trump on several charges, the U.S. Senate likely will be holding the third trial in American history of a sitting president early next year. It also happens to be a presidential election year. The trial will probably be getting underway just as a somewhat thinned-out Democratic field faces voters in four early state primaries and caucuses starting in Iowa on February 4 and concluding in South Carolina on February 29th. Three days later Texas, California, and at least 10 other states hold their Super Tuesday primaries. These parallel processes ensure a most interesting spring of 2020. This course will track these developments and other political stories in national and state politics as our nation approaches the fall General Election, arguably one of the most important in American history and the first contest since the 1980s where Texas is expected to be a battleground state.

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO ERIC: Ongoing and Emerging Challenges for the U.S. and the World

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Price: 250.00 USD
12 Weeks

01 - 29 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2020-01-29 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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!

MANY COOKS: The Making of U.S. Foreign Policy in the News

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

03 - 01 - 2020, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2020-03-01 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

It isn’t just the President and Secretary of State who create U.S. foreign policy. Many other hands are at work—the National Security Advisor and staff, the Defense Department, the intelligence agencies, other departments and agencies of the Executive Branch, Congress, the courts, the media, and interest groups. Ambassador Chase Untermeyer, who served in the White House, the Pentagon, and the State Department will illustrate how these players interact, and often conflict, with each other in making U.S. foreign policy.

THE BIG PICTURE: Inside Washington and the Middle East

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

03 - 17 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2020-03-17 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Drawing from his career in public service and foreign affairs, Ambassador Untermeyer will examine various topics in both Washington and the Middle East. • An Electoral College Education • How the White House Works—Or Is Supposed To • Congress and the Lobby: Who’s In Control? • The Nine: The U.S. Supreme Court • Sacred Sands: How Islam and History Shape the Middle East • The Middle East: A Trouble-Free Tour of Trouble Spots

GERMANY AFTER MERKEL: What Now?

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

03 - 22 - 2020, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2020-03-22 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Angela Merkel will end her 4th term as German chancellor in the Fall of 2021. After 16 years at the helm of the German government, she is the longest serving chancellor besides her mentor Helmut Kohl. She kept the European ship on an even keel, in spite of some turbulence, and was valued as a reliable partner by her foreign counterparts. When this era comes to an end, what are the challenges for Germany’s leader to follow her, what are the names floated as possible successors, and what kind of government will they form? In this lecture, we will examine this shifting political landscape and outline potential scenarios for Germany going forward.

WARHOL TO WATERGATE: The Many Political Lives of Bella Abzug, Shock Waves of the 1970s

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

04 - 19 - 2020, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2020-04-19 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

New York Representative Bella Abzug seemed to be everywhere in the 1970s— her big personality topped with a signature hat memorialized to iconic status in a portrait by pop artist Andy Warhol in 1977. This talk, drawing on Dr. Zarnow’s recently published book, treats the congressional change-maker as a leading political bellwether of her times. Revered as “sister Bella” and hated as “the conservative’s devil,” she incited extreme responses reflective of the cultural and political polarities of American society in the pivotal seventies. Using Abzug as a guide, we will explore how this earlier period in which Americans’ braced oil shocks, deindustrialization, urban unrest, changing family structures, race, class, and gender tensions, a seemingly endless war, and a president’s near impeachment led to the nation we are living in today.

U.S. FOREIGN POLICY IN THE NEWS: Round Three

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Price: 150.00 USD
4 Weeks

05 - 05 - 2020, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2020-05-05 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

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.