Current Events and Politics

GREAT GAME REDUX: Power Rivalry in the 21st Century

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Price: 250.00 USD
12 Weeks

02 - 04 - 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2019-02-04 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In this class, we will take a comprehensive look at nation-state competition in the new era of multipolar power. As China emerges as a peer superpower and aspirational powers Russia and India struggle for dominance, the traditional role of the United States as the indispensable nation is in question. International institutions skillfully crafted after the Second World War—United Nations, European Union, and the World Trade Organization—appear to fade into irrelevance. In this era of realpolitik, who are the primary actors and the chess masters on this world stage? As nations vie to reorder the global balance of power what does this mean for the U.S.? Will new alliances emerge? What of the ascendancy of regional powers such as Iran, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Turkey in the Middle East or Japan, North and South Korea in Asia? Can France and Germany maintain the European experiment against the onslaught of populism? Will Brexit bring about the eventual dissolution of the United Kingdom? How will rapidly advancing technologies alter the emerging landscape? What of the outsized forces of migration, the global economy, and climate change? The conversation will begin with the threats we face and the risks to be overcome as we move into the future.

GREAT GAME REDUX: Power Rivalry in the 21st Century

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Price: 250.00 USD
12 Weeks

02 - 06 - 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2019-02-06 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In this class, we will take a comprehensive look at nation-state competition in the new era of multipolar power. As China emerges as a peer superpower and aspirational powers Russia and India struggle for dominance, the traditional role of the United States as the indispensable nation is in question. International institutions skillfully crafted after the Second World War—United Nations, European Union, and the World Trade Organization—appear to fade into irrelevance. In this era of realpolitik, who are the primary actors and the chess masters on this world stage? As nations vie to reorder the global balance of power what does this mean for the U.S.? Will new alliances emerge? What of the ascendancy of regional powers such as Iran, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Turkey in the Middle East or Japan, North and South Korea in Asia? Can France and Germany maintain the European experiment against the onslaught of populism? Will Brexit bring about the eventual dissolution of the United Kingdom? How will rapidly advancing technologies alter the emerging landscape? What of the outsized forces of migration, the global economy, and climate change? The conversation will begin with the threats we face and the risks to be overcome as we move into the future.

MIDTERM FALLOUT: What Happens Now?

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Price: 250.00 USD
10 Weeks

02 - 06 - 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2019-02-06 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Midterms are over. What will be the effect of one of the largest voter turnouts in a midterm? One way or another, new blood will be pumped into Washington. As the political landscape shifts from day to day, students in this class will receive up to date commentary from one of the leading analyst of local and Texas politics. (This class will not meet March 13.)

THE MIDDLE EAST: Paths to Conflict

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

03 - 19 - 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2019-03-19 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In this class we will examine selected events in Middle Eastern history from ancient times to the present, focusing on the individuals responsible and the specific motivations behind their actions. Our topics will include the advent of Islam, wars and elections, the founding of Israel, the atrocities of ISIS, and more. In each case we will see who was involved, what they did, and how their actions have contributed to the many conflicts in the region today. Students will learn about religious movements, political movements, emirs, sultans, dictators, terrorists, the intrigues of European and American diplomats and companies, and the wide variety of people who populate Middle Eastern countries. (This class will not meet April 23.)

U.S. FOREIGN POLICY IN THE NEWS

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

04 - 15 - 2019, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2019-04-15 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, the short to medium term prospects for Chinese-American conflict, as well as a 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.