For the past 150 years the nation-state has beenthe basic unit of international relations. Starting with the geo-political situation ofCanada we examine the different elements thatdetermine the power, influence and stability ofnations - size, population, political system, resources, boundaries and ethnic composition.Through a consideration of international politicalhotspots, we further explore the reasons for thewealth and poverty of nations, includingeconomic systems, trade, debt and exploitation- domestic and foreign. We examine the roles ofglobal actors including the United Nations andNGOs. We pinpoint the causes of internationalconflict and explore the oppotunities forresolution. This course qualifies as a GeneralEducation credit and is an elective for theCertificate on the Study of HumanBehaviour program 09711 and for the Diplomain Military Arts and Sciences.