Strategic studies deals with the attempts of sovereign states, and other international players (e.g. UN, EU, NATO) to deal with the contemporary issues challenging their political and economic interests. It enables students to combine their knowledge of politics with a review of the international environment in which it takes place. This interdisciplinary academic field of study is dedicated to the relationship between the political process, geography, the allocation of natural resources, economic development, and military power. The curriculum also includes the role of diplomacy and threats in the preparation and use of force. Specific topics include the emergence and resurgence of major regional powers such as China, India, and Russia, the changing role of the US as the world’s remaining superpower, political Islam, and the military, economic, political developments in crisis regions in Africa, the Middle East, Central and Southern Asia.