OSHR 1061 - Civilizations in Conflict- The World from 1945 to Today’s Geopolitical Quagmires

  • Noncredit

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

Three divergent viewpoints will address the current geopolitical status of the various "powers" in the world today. In subsequent weeks, we will discuss the geopolitics of: 1) the United States of America as the Once and Future World Hegemon; 2) the USSR and an expanding and aggressive Russia; 3) the Rise (and future prospects) of China and its SE Asia domain; 4) the potential of Europe as a union or otherwise; 5) India and the Indian Ocean; 6) the unity and disunity of the Muslim World in the Middle East and elsewhere; and 7)Three prophesies of the 2020’s World finalists for King (s) of the Hill.

Each week will consist of three 30-minute appraisal and assessment sessions, and a 20-minute open discussion with questions/comments/answers.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.


Robert Lawrence


Robert Lawrence has served in the U.S. Air Force, and worked at think tanks such as the Hudson Institute and Stanford Research Institute. He has taught political science at the University of Kansas, Texas Tech University, University of Arizona, CU, CSU, and of course Osher. Bob is an expert in nuclear issues, and Professor Emeritus at CSU.

Dan Ward

Dan Ward, Ph.D., is a former associate professor at CSU, holds a Ph.D. in Physics, previously earned a Colorado Teaching Certificate and, separately, was a Certified Financial Planner. He has lectured on numerous topics throughout the world, including geopolitics and history at OSHER.

John Roberts

John E. Roberts is a 34-year veteran of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Peace Corps and has taught a variety of Osher courses for the past nine years. As the roundtable moderator, he brings a rich set of life experiences and a keen interest in international affairs. He describes himself as "a student, a teacher, and an internationalist".