This course presents theoretical and practical frameworks for understanding international politics and the policy decisions that shape global outcomes. It considers major international trends, such as the rise and fall of great powers, cooperation and conflict between states, and the influence of non-state actors on security, economics, and politics. With an emphasis on contemporary world affairs, it also explores the institutions, interests, ideas, and personalities behind international events.
This course consists of three interrelated components that provide the thematic background and tools to successfully complete the Global Policy Residency in Indonesia. The first component includes thematic sessions on Indonesia. Experts from both the policy and academic communities will discuss Indonesia’s history, politics, economics, regional security environment, and bilateral relations with the United States. The second component will provide students with practical tools to improve the quality of their working group experience. This component includes sessions on project management, team building, intercultural communications, briefing/presentation skills, and research methods. The third component consists of individual team research project preparations.
In this three-day residency students worked in teams to research, write, and brief policy memos. The topics were suggested by experts from the U.S. State Department Office of Policy Planning.