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The Syrian Civil War

Jo Fisher

Students explore the history of Syria from the Ottoman Empire to French colonial rule, Syrian independence, and the rise of the Assad regimes as historical background to understand the recent conflict.

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China on the World Stage: Weighing the U.S. Response

Jo Fisher

Students explore the history of U.S. relations with China and consider the implications of China’s economic growth, societal transformation, and increasing international role.

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Climate Change and Questions of Justice

Jo Fisher

Students examine the causes and effects of global warming and delve into questions of who is most responsible for and vulnerable to the changing climate. Students also grapple with how to respond to climate change in ways that are both effective and fair.

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History, Revolution, and Reform: New Directions for Cuba

Jo Fisher

Students trace Cuba’s history from the country’s precolonial past to its most recent economic, social, and political changes. Students re-create the discussions Cubans on the island are having about their country’s future.

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Dilemmas of Foreign Aid: Debating U.S. Policies

Jo Fisher

Students explore the history of U.S. foreign assistance and institutions that distribute aid today, considering the trade-offs of aid and articulating views on the future direction of U.S. policy.

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Confronting Genocide:
Never Again?

Jo Fisher

Students explore the evolution of the international community’s response to genocide and examine how the U.S. has responded to six cases of genocide.

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Competing Visions of Human Rights: Questions for U.S. Policy

Jo Fisher

Students probe the history of human rights and consider options for defining and protecting rights.

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Immigration and the U.S. Policy Debate

Jo Fisher

Students explore the history of immigration to the United States and current U.S. immigration policy in the Trump era as they consider the complexities of U.S. immigration policy and prepare to articulate their own views about this issue.

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A Global Controversy: The U.S. Invasion of Iraq

Jo Fisher

Readings and activities explore the history of Iraq, help students understand events surrounding the U.S.-led invasion, and examine the effects of the war on Iraq, the United States, and the international community.

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Between Two Worlds: Mexico at the Crossroads

Jo Fisher

Students explore Mexico’s economic and cultural transformation and probe Mexico’s complex identity and history, coming face-to-face with the difficult policy choices confronting the people of Mexico today.

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The Middle East: Questions for U.S. Policy

Jo Fisher

Students examine oil and geopolitics, issues between the Palestinians and Israel, the significance of the Iranian Revolution, and other issues that have shaped U.S. relations in the region.

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Nigeria: History, Identity, and Change

Jo Fisher

Students explore Nigeria’s history—from the precolonial to the present—and consider the future of Africa’s most populous country.

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The Challenge of Nuclear Weapons

Jo Fisher

Students probe the history of nuclear weapons and the concept of deterrence. They examine arguments for and against nuclear weapons, and the challenges of leftover Cold War arsenals, proliferation, and the threat of nuclear terrorism.

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Russia’s Transformation: Challenges for U.S. Policy

Jo Fisher

Students survey the economic issues and political developments that have shaped the outlook of policymakers in the Kremlin and Washington, D.C.

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Responding to Terrorism: Challenges for Democracy

Jo Fisher

Students consider the changing nature of terrorism, the motivations of terrorists, and the policy challenges for the United States.

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International Trade in a Globalized World

Jo Fisher

Students explore the controversies surrounding international trade and consider the issues that affect trade including globalization in the United States and abroad.

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The U.S. Role in a Changing World

Jo Fisher

Students identify global issues, assess national priorities, and decide for themselves the role the United States should play in the world as they consider the array of economic, political, and social transformations taking place both at home and abroad.

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The United Nations: Challenges and Change

Jo Fisher

Students consider the record of the United Nations since its founding and examine the UN’s role in the world through an evaluation of three areas of UN work: the Security Council, peacekeeping, and human rights.

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The United States in Afghanistan

Jo Fisher

Students grapple with questions regarding the involvement of the United States in Afghanistan by exploring Afghanistan’s culture and history and then examining the events that led to the Soviet invasion, the arrival of Osama bin Laden, and the situation today.

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Empire, Republic, Democracy: Turkey’s Past and Future

Jake Camara

Students trace the final years of the Ottoman Empire, the struggle for independence, and Turkish resistance against European imperialism.

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