This course introduces the morally, legally and politically strategic terrain of human rights in the context of both international relations and national security.
The course addresses issues of both human rights theory and practice. It is designed to give students an understanding of those questions of theory that have a direct bearing on the ability of policy practitioners to accomplish their mission.
It will then examine how the evolution of the landscape of human rights in the Digital Age has tremendous significance for both international relations and national security. Special attention will be given to the rise of militant political Islam and the role that human rights can play in countering the challenges posed by Islamism for both international and national security — particularly with respect to the rise of a new generation of Muslim digital natives both in Europe and Muslim majority societies.