A look at the events in the world from approximately 1945 until today. This class analyzes events from the recent past that have a direct impact on current world events.

Examples include: how decisions made in the Middle East following WWII contribute to the current conflicts between Israel and Palestine; the Soviet Union, the United States, the Cold War and power struggles that continue even after the fall of the Soviet Union; how the fall the of the Soviet Union has led to increased uncertainty around nuclear weapons; the Ukraine and Crimea situation, China’s rise as an economic super power; Iran and the United States and its complicated relationship; the emergence of South American Countries in the world economic system, Central America and immigration issues. What is the Doomsday Clock and is it still pertinent today? Africa and the numerous military coups; India’s growth and influence in the world.