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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)

The West's 1991 triumph in the Cold War was billed as "The End of History". The thirty years since have been unique. In a world completely dominated by the US, traditional great power competition virtually ceased. The international system devoted itself to multilateral cooperation, economic globalisation, and the spread of democracy and human rights. But history is now visibly coming back. Rival powers - China and Russia particularly - are challenging US dominance. The international community is struggling to tackle such overarching problems as climate change, nuclear proliferation and the pandemic. Democracy and respect for human rights are in retreat. These lectures will look at these challenges and ask where the World Order is now headed.



Who can book?

Our weekend courses are open to participants over the age of 18 and courses are taught at approximately first-year undergraduate level. No academic qualifications are required and most courses are suitable for students who are new to the subject. Please ensure that you complete any required reading before the course starts to enable you to fully participate.

English language requirements

Teaching is in English (unless a foreign-language course). If your first language is not English, you will need to satisfy yourself that you have the required near-native command of the language to get the maximum benefit from studying with ICE.

Accessibility and additional support for students 

We make every effort to meet the requirements of those students with additional needs. Please let us know about any additional requirements at the time of booking so that we can offer you the support and advice you require before and during your course(s).

You can also refer to our Further information for students with additional requirements section on our website.

COVID-19 Guidance

Please ensure you read our latest guidance and advice regarding COVID-19 found on our Booking terms and conditions page.

Course dates

21 Jan 2022 to 23 Jan 2022

Course duration

1 Weekend

Apply by

10 Jan 2022

Course fee


Accommodation fees

Single room: £65 per night

Double/Twin room £55 per person, per night (2 people sharing)


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ
United Kingdom

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