Another program from Choices at Brown University-
Eighth edition. September 2018. From the first days of the republic, people in the United States have debated how to balance their priorities at home with their involvement in international affairs. Today, the United States is considering its domestic needs and reassessing its international relationships. An array of economic, political, and social transformations are taking place both at home and abroad. For example, how should the United States address climate change? Nuclear weapons? Poverty and inequality? Consensus about how to address these issues is hard to achieve. Nevertheless, a healthy democracy requires debate and discussion about the values and policies that shape the United States’ place in the 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.
Readings explore the forces that shape the U.S. role in the world. Part I examines several pressing issues facing the United States and the world today: the economy, human health and the environment, international relations, and human rights. Part II explores security concerns for the United States and considers how the issues presented in Part I influence policy decisions about security. Part II addresses recent wars and interventions, and three critical security issues facing the United States: nuclear weapons, terrorism, and cyber security and warfare.