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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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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Theorizing Totalitarianism

Hitler’s rise to power led to totalitarianism in Germany and ultimately into the cataclysms of the Holocaust and World War Two. It also spurred the exodus of a wave of intellectuals from Central Europe. In this seminar we examine major works by émigré intellectuals who combined sweeping historical perspective, theoretical ambition, and personal commitment as […]

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Imagining the Other

Grounded in a thorough examination of the various theories of society, such as social Darwinism, and designed around a comparative and multidisciplinary set of scholarly works, literary writings, and primary sources, this course explores the colonial, postcolonial, and imperial interactions between the West and the rest of the world during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. […]

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