Political Thought & Philosophy

Foundations of Political Philosophy

Explore the differences between ancient and modern political philosophy, with a focus on texts by Aristotle and Machiavelli.

Religion & Politics

Examine the influence of religion as a political force.

Traditions of Freedom

Study the intellectual roots of conservative thought, focusing on the works of Adam Smith and Edmund Burke.

American Political Thought

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

Nationalism & Liberal Democracy

Understand the rise of nationalism and the crisis of liberal democracy.

War & Foreign Affairs

Nuclear Strategy and World Order

Explore the ways nuclear weapons have transformed the world we inhabit today.

Foundations of Grand Strategy

Assess grand strategic theory and practice in Thucydides and Plutarch.

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 Free Speech Survive the Internet?

Consider the impact of the Internet on our political discourse and associational life.

Charles Krauthammer: A Life in the Arena

Study the writing and life of one of America's most prominent conservative thinkers.

The Constitution, The Courts, and Conservatism

Explore the debates within conservative legal thought on the courts and the Constitution.

Partisanship in American Politics

Explore how societal trends and political parties have reshaped the character of America's partisan attachments.

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

Explore the intellectual roots of modern conservatism.

Winter 2019 Weekend Seminars

Can Free Speech Survive the Internet?

Consider the impact of the Internet on our political discourse and associational life.

Charles Krauthammer: A Life in the Arena

Study the writing and life of one of America's most prominent conservative thinkers.

Summer Session I (June 9 – June 21, 2019)

Nuclear Strategy and World Order

Explore the ways nuclear weapons have transformed the world we inhabit today.

Summer Session II (June 23 – July 6, 2019)

Foundations of Political Philosophy

Explore the differences between ancient and modern political philosophy, with a focus on texts by Aristotle and Machiavelli.

Religion & Politics

Examine the influence of religion as a political force.

Traditions of Freedom

Study the intellectual roots of conservative thought, focusing on the works of Adam Smith and Edmund Burke.

Summer Session III (July 7 – July 20, 2019)

American Political Thought

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

Foundations of Grand Strategy

Assess grand strategic theory and practice in Thucydides and Plutarch.

Nationalism & Liberal Democracy

Understand the rise of nationalism and the crisis of liberal democracy.

Session IV (July 21 – August 3, 2019)

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

Explore the intellectual roots of modern conservatism.

The Constitution, The Courts, and Conservatism

Explore the debates within conservative legal thought on the courts and the Constitution.

Chinese Grand Strategy

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

Partisanship in American Politics

Explore how societal trends and political parties have reshaped the character of America's partisan attachments.

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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