Current Issues

The United States in Afghanistan

Students explore Afghanistan’s culture and history, and then examine the events that led to the Soviet invasion, the arrival of Osama bin Laden, and the situation today.

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

Students explore the history of Western relations with China and consider the global impact of China's economic growth, societal transformation, and increasing international involvement.
Climate Change

Climate Change and Questions of Justice

Students explore the causes and effects of global warming and delve into questions of who is most responsible for and vulnerable to the changing climate.

History, Revolution, and Reform: New Directions for Cuba

History, Revolution, and Reform: New Directions for Cuba traces 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.
Foreign Aid

Dilemmas of Foreign Aid: Debating U.S. Policies

Readings, case studies, and primary sources prepare students to consider the trade-offs of foreign aid and articulate their own views on the future direction of U.S. policy.

Confronting Genocide: Never Again?

Students trace the evolution of the international community's response to genocide and examine how the United States has responded to six cases of genocide.
Human Rights

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

Through readings and activities students explore the history of international human rights and consider various options for defining and protecting rights.

Immigration and the U.S. Policy Debate

Students explore the history of immigration to the United States and current U.S. immigration policy in the Trump era. 
International Trade

International Trade in a Globalized World

International Trade in a Globalized World helps students explore the controversies surrounding international trade. Students consider the issues that affect trade including globalization in the United States and abroad.

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

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

Between Two Worlds: Mexico at the Crossroads

Students explore Mexico's economic and cultural transformation. The unit probes Mexico's complex identity and history and brings students face-to-face with the difficult policy choices confronting the people of Mexico today.
Middle East

The Middle East: Questions for U.S. Policy

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

Nigeria: History, Identity, and Change

Students explore Nigeria’s history—from the precolonial to the present—and think about what the country’s future might look like.
Nuclear Weapons

The Challenge of Nuclear Weapons

The Challenge of Nuclear Weapons introduces students to the history of nuclear weapons and the concept of deterrence. It examines arguments for and against nuclear weapons and looks at three challenges facing us today: the leftover arsenals of the Cold War, proliferation, and the threat of nuclear terrorism.

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

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

Responding to Terrorism: Challenges for Democracy

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

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

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

The United Nations: Challenges and Change

The United Nations: Challenges and Change helps students consider the record of the United Nations since its founding. Students examine the UN’s role in the world through an evaluation of three areas of UN work: the Security Council, peacekeeping, and human rights.
U.S. Role in the World

The U.S. Role in a Changing World

The U.S. Role in a Changing World helps students identify global issues, assess national priorities, and decide for themselves the role the United States should play in the world.
Back to top