Current Events and Politics

THE CHANGING WORLD: Abridged Edition

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

05 - 01 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-05-01 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Back by popular demand, this course is the exact same 12-week class that Eric Botts taught in the Spring—the only difference being that it is shorter. This course will examine the impact of the shifting balance of power between nations with the ascendancy of China, the re-emergence of “Imperial” Russia, the collision of Saudi Arabia and Iran, and the potential dissolution of the European Union—all of which set the backdrop for a fundamental change in the power and influence of the United States. We will discuss the expanding conflict in cyberspace that gives groups of cyber criminals, marginalized nations, and hacktivists the ability to directly challenge established world powers and in many cases prevail. We will explore the challenges we face as a global community as we confront a rapidly changing world. (Note: do not sign up for this class if you attended it in the Spring.)

U.S. FOREIGN POLICY IN THE NEWS

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Price: 150.00 USD
4 Weeks

05 - 02 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-05-02 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

This course will focus on an in-depth discussion of 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, and the short to medium term prospects for Chinese-American conflict. 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.

FLASH POINTS: Conflict Zones in an Era of Increasing Global Competition

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Price: 250.00 USD
12 Weeks

09 - 07 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-09-07 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Together we will explore rising tensions across the international landscape. The shifting balance of power between nations is bringing about a reordering of global power dynamics as emerging powers vie for regional dominance, which creates the potential for conflict on economic, political, and military levels. We will examine the following: the ascendancy of China and its impact on our Asian partners; the new cold war between Russia and the West; the expanding proxy wars in the Middle East; the rising tension between Venezuela and Colombia; the sectarian, tribal, and national conflicts in Africa; and, the struggle of the U.S. to maintain global leadership in the face of these challenges. Our inquiry will seek to unmask the seeds of conflict in these and other areas and consider options available to policy makers to address them.

FLASH POINTS: Conflict Zones in an Era of Increasing Global Competition

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Price: 250.00 USD
12 Weeks

09 - 10 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-09-10 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Together we will explore rising tensions across the international landscape. The shifting balance of power between nations is bringing about a reordering of global power dynamics as emerging powers vie for regional dominance, which creates the potential for conflict on economic, political, and military levels. We will examine the following: the ascendancy of China and its impact on our Asian partners; the new cold war between Russia and the West; the expanding proxy wars in the Middle East; the rising tension between Venezuela and Colombia; the sectarian, tribal, and national conflicts in Africa; and, the struggle of the U.S. to maintain global leadership in the face of these challenges. Our inquiry will seek to unmask the seeds of conflict in these and other areas and consider options available to policy makers to address them.

MIDTERM EXAM: The 2018 Congressional Elections and the Trump Presidency

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Price: 250.00 USD
10 Weeks

09 - 14 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-09-14 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Early indicators are that the upcoming midterm elections will likely feature a national blue wave that gives Democrats a good chance to regain a U.S. House majority after eight years as the minority party. But will that blue wave wash over Texas, or hit a red wall in the Lone Star State? And, what will happen in the Senate where a Democratic majority will be far more difficult to achieve with the minority party having to defend 26 seats in November, versus just nine GOP seats—eight of which are in states President Trump won in 2016. In this class we will monitor the run-up to the November 7th vote, with particular attention to a half-dozen competitive U.S. House races in Texas, the Cruz-O’Rourke U.S. Senate race, and state legislative races across Texas. After the vote, we will analyze the results and speculate on what they mean for the Trump Administration in 2019 and 2020.