If you think today's world seems unhinged, then you're in good company. Not only are ordinary citizens concerned about the path the United States and the rest of the world is on but so are many historians and analysts. Events are now taking place that, to some, are eerily reminiscent of previous periods of international tumult and revolution. This course will seek to provide historical context to today's headlines by providing political theories from various experts throughout the years that explain how we arrived at this point. Among the areas we will examine are: The polarization of American politics, the retreat of democracy, the rise of China, Islamic fundamentalism, and the future of international power. The lecture will open each session with discussion to follow.