The goal of this course is to demonstrate how history, culture, and the relationship among local families, clans, and tribes are essential components to developing proactive security solutions in today's unpredictable world. This course introduces, compares, and contrasts different modes of building alliances necessary to negate the influence of increasingly diversified extremist groups through community-based and non-violent means. We will include historic American engagement with native tribes during the colonial period. The course will introduce instruments of meaningful if non-traditional engagement and citizen diplomacy. Methods involve economics, civil society, environment, public health, education, women as leaders, and sports that could be available to policy makers and withstand fluctuations in government policies.
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