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Comparative Intelligence Systems: Foreign Intelligence and Security Cultures

IWP 622
Two credits

This course is designed to give students a comprehensive understanding of the intelligence and counterintelligence systems of selected foreign states, as contrasted with the intelligence and counterintelligence traditions of the United States. It examines the uniqueness of these intelligence/counterintelligence cultures, the manner in which they influence the domestic and foreign policies, strategies, and general behavior of these countries.

The course is designed to: (1) demonstrate how intelligence/counterintelligence operates in authoritarian or totalitarian systems; (2) examine the operational traditions of intelligence/counterintelligence in selected non-authoritarian cultures, as contrasted with the U.S. experience. Finally, the course aims to analyze the integrated and enduring nature of intelligence and counterintelligence in political cultures far older than that of the U.S.