The goal of this course is to demonstrate how history, culture, and the relationship among local families, clans, and tribes are essential components in developing proactive security solutions in today’s unpredictable world. It is based on historical models and the past 35 years of cultural engagement diplomacy and socio-economic development practices by Professor Santoli. His work has helped to stabilize some of the most challenging and dangerous leftist and Muslim insurgency communities in Southeast Asia and other parts of the world. This course introduces, compares, and contrasts different modes of building alliances necessary to negate the influence of increasingly diversified extremist groups and big power rivalry through community-based and non-violent means.
We will explore new economic and social concepts, the impact of poverty, unelected global bureaucracies, competition for scarce natural resources, and the “reset” of the global economy. We will assess the impact on national sovereignty and U.S. and Allied national security. This course will utilize Dr. John Lenczowski’s “full spectrum” of conventional and non-traditional engagement as instruments of citizen diplomacy.