Experience to date indicates that students are not provided with the necessary tools to appreciate the complexities of international relations or to understand interconnections among issues. They find it difficult to envision how one set of problems in one part of the world could create unintended consequences in other parts. This, in large part, is due to the dominance of the linear-verbal tradition in the study of international relations.

Our focus is on enhancing students' understanding of transformation and change in relations among nations, taking into account the power of non-state actors (notably international corporations, terrorist groups, the United Nations), and addressing complex issues (conflict and violence, trade-offs in strategies for sustainability, environmental politics).