Fight Club: US War & Peace

This course provides an overview of the history and modern issues of peace and war with an emphasis on the institutions in Washington, D.C. (ie. Pentagon, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Amnesty International, State Department, CIA). Through reading ethnographic and historical case studies, as well as theoretical, journalistic, and polemical works, the course explores why and how the […]

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International Crisis Management

While nation states and regional political groupings complete and sometimes clash, no one seeks conflict per se.  Common objectives, however, often imply different approaches toward an endpoint of peace, security, and prosperity.  Human and natural disasters bring disruption to human well-being.  Drawing on simulations from U.S. Army War College tabletop exercises and matrices developed for […]

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Asia’s Conflict “Flashpoints”

Why do interstate conflicts occur? What causes them to become intractable or to escalate in intensity such that they threaten regional or international security? To what extent could, or should the U.S. play a role in helping to defuse or resolve them? This course addresses these questions through an examination of three “flashpoints” of conflict […]

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Who is DC

Outsiders often miss the vibrant neighborhoods of DC, which have deep histories and distinctive cultures. Today, DC neighborhoods face intense pressure to change. Through 3-5 field trips, interviews with residents and local politicians, and our own picture-based maps, students in “Who is DC?: exploring neighborhood identity, interviewing locals, and analyzing campaigns for stronger places” will […]

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Branding Nations and Cultures

Branding Nations and Cultures will advance the goals of the Complex Problems program by using communications theory and practical application texts & learning tools to “unpack” concepts of national narratives in global diplomacy. Throughout the course, the very accessible concepts of national identity (and the branding of places and cultures in addition to nations) will be […]

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