Political Thought & Philosophy

The American Political Order

Engage key texts that have helped shape the political idea of America.

Family & Politics

Explore the ways family life can affect the life of a political community.

Statesmanship & Partisanship

Reflect on how we can promote the common good amid a resurgence of party spirit.

Statesmen & Philosophers

Examine two ways of life – the philosophic and the political – through close readings of Aristotle and Shakespeare.

National Identity & Why It Matters

Explore the idea of national identity and its role in maintaining a successful political order.

Religion & Politics

Examine the ways in which religion and politics intersect in a liberal democracy.

War & Foreign Affairs

The Yom Kippur War: A Case Study in Strategy, Power, & Character

Explore the Yom Kippur War, one of the great understudied hinge points of history.

Nixon in China: Did We Get China Wrong?

Study Nixon’s strategic opening to Beijing in 1972 and how it shaped U.S.-China relations today.

Foundations of Grand Strategy

Assess grand strategic theory and practice in Thucydides and Plutarch.

War Studies Program

Learn the theory, practice, organization, and control of war and military forces.

Israel as Nation-State

Study the modern history of Israel, from an idea to a state.

Chinese Grand Strategy

Explore the implications of China’s global rise for U.S. primacy and the liberal international order.

Russia: What’s Next?

Examine U.S.-Russia relations since the end of the Cold War, with a view toward exploring where to go from here.

Economics & Domestic Policy

Can Partisanship Be Fixed?

Investigate the debate over parties by examining their nature and role in American political life.

American Democratic Capitalism

Explore the intersection of theory and practice in our national politics, and particularly in our key economic debates.

Varieties of American Conservatism

Discover the intellectual roots of modern conservatism.

Weekend Seminars (Winter/Spring 2020)

Can Partisanship Be Fixed?

Investigate the debate over parties by examining their nature and role in American political life.

The Yom Kippur War: A Case Study in Strategy, Power, & Character

Explore the Yom Kippur War, one of the great understudied hinge points of history.

Nixon in China: Did We Get China Wrong?

Study Nixon’s strategic opening to Beijing in 1972 and how it shaped U.S.-China relations today.

Summer Session I (June 28 – July 11, 2020)

The American Political Order

Engage key texts that have helped shape the political idea of America.

Family & Politics

Explore the ways family life can affect the life of a political community.

Statesmanship & Partisanship

Reflect on how we can promote the common good amid a resurgence of party spirit.

Statesmen & Philosophers

Examine two ways of life – the philosophic and the political – through close readings of Aristotle and Shakespeare.

Summer Session II (July 12 – July 25, 2020)

Foundations of Grand Strategy

Assess grand strategic theory and practice in Thucydides and Plutarch.

National Identity & Why It Matters

Explore the idea of national identity and its role in maintaining a successful political order.

Religion & Politics

Examine the ways in which religion and politics intersect in a liberal democracy.

Session III (July 26 – August 8, 2019)

American Democratic Capitalism

Explore the intersection of theory and practice in our national politics, and particularly in our key economic debates.

Israel as Nation-State

Study the modern history of Israel, from an idea to a state.

Varieties of American Conservatism

Discover the intellectual roots of modern conservatism.

Chinese Grand Strategy

Explore the implications of China’s global rise for U.S. primacy and the liberal international order.

War Studies Program

Learn the theory, practice, organization, and control of war and military forces.

Russia: What’s Next?

Examine U.S.-Russia relations since the end of the Cold War, with a view toward exploring where to go from here.

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