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Curriculum

Through innovative new classes and curricula, the Kissinger Center seeks to revitalize scholarship in diplomatic and military history and to examine the global order through a renewed focus on geostrategy, great power politics, and war and peace – essential subjects to prepare the next generation of leaders to understand and make a positive impact around the world.


The core of this new curriculum is the Kissinger Seminar, a yearlong course that provides students with an introduction to issues of strategy, statecraft, and decision-making, framed against the history of U.S. foreign policy:


Kissinger Seminar


  • I: History, Strategy, and American Statecraft: The course begins with a discussion of classic works on strategy and the role of history in policymaking; the bulk of the course then covers key strategic choices and periods in U.S. foreign policy from 1776 to the present, focusing on the post-1945 period. The course addresses subjects from the grand strategy of Washington's Farewell Address, to U.S. strategy in the early nuclear age, to decision-making surrounding the Iraq War and the U.S. response to 9/11. The course can serve as preparation for the core exam in American Foreign Policy.


  • II: Contemporary Issues in American Foreign Policy and Grand Strategy: What is America's purpose in international affairs? What are the major challenges in U.S. foreign policy? What is the future of American power in a changing global system? This course examines these and other critical issues in U.S. foreign policy and global strategy. We will study the opportunities and dilemmas the United States confronts in dealing with terrorism and the Islamic State, great-power competition vis-a-vis Russia and China, the threat of nuclear proliferation and "rogue states," and other issues from international economics to transnational threats. We will consider whether America can maintain its international primacy, and what alternative strategies it might pursue in the future.