Program Details

The Next Big War

Andrew Kahn
International Relations / History

Course Description

WW II, the last major "hot war," terminated in 1945 with the dropping of the Atomic bomb on Japan. This gave way to the "Cold War," which ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Americans and Western Europeans expanded NATO eastward, not including the Russian Federation. In 2014, utilizing asymmetrical warfare, Russia annexed Crimea and armed rebels in Eastern Ukraine, incurring NATO and EU sanctions. The Russians entered the Syrian Civil War on the side of Assad, pummeling Syrian cities. The USA and NATO back the Free Syrian Army. Iran's Quds Force and Hezbollah and Shia militias from Iraq and Afghanistan support the Syrian government, and have drawn air attacks from Israel. A new cold war appears to be brewing. In Asia, China has militarized islands in the South China Sea, an ocean they claim as theirs, thus restricting freedom of the seas. Flashpoints prompting the next big war include Iranian support for terrorism, Russian military aggression, North Korean nuclear weapons, unrestrained Chinese global economic ambitions, and the Israel-Iran conflict. The next big war could even be a cyber war.


  1. The Great Powers and the Dangers of Miscalculation.
  2. Geo-Political / Economic Competition and Advanced Technology.
  3. The Challenges to Nuclear Weapons' Stability.
  4. The Growth of Urban Warfare.

About the Instructor

  • Andrew Kahn has studied political science at Johns Hopkins University and the New School University in New York. He has taught at St. Cloud University and Western Connecticut University. Mr. Kahn helped found the Association for Education in Global-International Studies at Stanford University. He is a world traveler.

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