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U.S. National Security Strategy and Emerging Threats

This course will examine the many threats-current and emerging-to the security of the United States; the strategic planning efforts undertaken to address them; our abilities to manage crises when they emerge; and, the challenges of statecraft in shaping crises to our advantage. Students will become familiar with primary source materials on U.S. national security strategy; intelligence community threat assessments; policies responding to crises; and, critical after-action assessments of how well (or poorly) our government managed the crisis.  Particular attention will be given to understanding how crises can create opportunities for prudent statecraft to advance U.S. national security interests.