The World Affairs Council of Wilmington and the
The University of Delaware
Center for International Studies of the
College of Arts & Science
International Programs and Special Sessions
Departments of Communication
and Political Science & International Relations


Global Agenda 2001
POSC/COMM425-011 & 080
Spring, 2001

Professor Ralph J. Begleiter

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Teaching Assistant Toni Chayt

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Meeting schedule

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Thursdays 3:30-4:45pm - Gore Hall 117

Thursdays 5:00 - 9:00pm
(weeks with guest speaker)
Clayton Hall

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As a new U.S. President takes office - the first in the 21st century - policy analysts and governments around the world will be watching to see how Washington behaves in the international arena. Many of the world's problems find their way to the White House, where the U.S. must decide whether, when and how to intervene. Likewise, most Americans discover the world through a newly global news media. Journalists and policymakers alike must sort out their responses to world issues, often interacting in ways which help shape the events themselves.

From Arab-Israeli tensions and Persian Gulf issues in the Middle East... to U.S. trade and relations with Russia and China... to conflicts in central Europe and Africa... to lingering threats of terrorism and nuclear weapons development... this weekly seminar surveys current geopolitical challenges facing the new U.S. administration and worldwide officials and news media in 2001.

Approximately every other week, guest lecturers, practitioners in diplomacy and international media, visit the UD campus to explore with students the problems, the foreign policy and the media's role influencing them.

Students in this seminar attend exclusive small-group talks and private (prepaid) dinners with visiting speakers, and are joined by members of the public community who will be invited to the series of Thursday evening lectures.
On intervening weeks, the seminar explores topics upcoming and just passed in the lecture series.

This course is appropriate for Juniors and Seniors interested in geopolitics in policy and journalism who are eager for lively interaction with our visiting speakers.

Please note the mechanics of the course:

This class will meet once a week, on Thursdays in Gore Hall 117.
In weeks when there is a guest speaker, students will attend the following events with the speaker (an no other course activities):

• seminar, with limited enrollment to allow lots of interaction with the guest (begins at 3:30pm) - 117 Gore Hall

• informal reception, exclusive to students in the class, to allow off-topic discussions (5:00-5:30pm) - Clayton Hall

• dinner with the guest, exclusive to students in the class, to allow informal continuing discussion (begins at 6:00pm) - NOTE: To make the event a rich opportunity for discussion, the dinners will be small. Approximately 10-12 students will be able to attend each dinner; a rotation system will be established early in the semester to assure all students have ample opportunity to converse with our guests. - Clayton Hall

• formal evening lecture, open to students outside the class and to the general public (begins at 7:30pm) - Clayton Hall

In weeks when there is no guest speaker, the class will meet in
Gore Hall 117 on Thursday at 3:30pm for discussion of the upcoming guest's topic and review of the previous week's speaker. This will be a standard-length class. (3:30-4:45pm)

There will be readings - usually from current-affairs publications - and several papers, but no final exam.

Registration is limited.

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Wilmington News Journal 2/23/2001 (McCurry)
The Review 2/27/2001 (McCurry)
Wilmington News Journal 4/11/2001 (FlorCruz)
The Review 4/17/2001 (FlorCruz)
The Review 5/15/2001 (Hoffman)
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