Other programs in AAP offer courses that can count as electives toward the MA in Global Security Studies (GSS). These include:
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS);
- Energy Policy and Climate (EPC); and
- Environmental Sciences and Policy (ESP).
GSS students may enroll in courses in any of the programs listed above. GSS students pursuing a concentration in Energy and Environmental will frequently take courses offered by the EPC and ESP programs. Please note that in some cases courses outside the GSS program have pre-requisites or assume certain knowledge or skills. Accordingly, please read course descriptions carefully. If in doubt, contact the instructor or the relevant program director. Similarly, if you are unsure if a course counts toward a particular concentration, please contact your adviser.
Not all courses are offered every semester. Please refer to the GSS program’s Multi-Year Schedule to plan a course of study for upcoming semesters. The schedule is subject to change but should be quite helpful.
470.601 - Climate Change and National Security
This course provides an in-depth examination of how the effects of climate change could impact national security, international relations, and global stability. Students will begin by examining and discussing the current body of academic literature. As the semester progresses, students will learn and practice how to use cross-disciplinary resources and tools to envision potential relationships between climate change effects and security outcomes.
470.603 - Introduction to Global Security Studies
This course introduces students to the basic concepts of global security studies, including theories of international relations, perception and misperception, theories of foreign policy, the varying concepts of security, and the elements of national power. It also includes a brief introduction to social movement theory. It applies these conceptual tools to selected security issues such as terrorism, climate change, and the causes of war.
470.605 - Global Political Economy
In the wake of the financial crisis, bank bailouts, and stimulus plans, the relationship between American economic power and national security is especially salient. In this course, students investigate core topics in international political economy, analyzing the security implications of each. Topics include trade relations, international finance, monetary relations, poverty, and development. (Core course for the MA in Global Security Studies. Recommended elective for MA in Public Management)
470.607 - Counterintelligence and National Security: 21st Century Challenges
Counterintelligence information regarding and operations against foreign intelligence services has always been central to the intelligence process. In many places and at various times, it has been clearly the most significant part of that process. For reasons that will be discussed during the semester, this has not been true in American intelligence for the last half century or so. This class will examine the doctrine and processes of counterintelligence through the 20th century, with the second half of the class pivoting to address the challenges posed by a volatile information and communications environment, a geopolitical environment in which non-states operate as both potential threats and potential partners, and in which insider threats may be as great as those emanating from foreign actors. Finally, the course will address the challenges of operating effective counterintelligence operations in a manner that respects democratic processes and values.
470.608 - Public Policy Evaluation & the Policy Process
This course is designed to introduce students to the public policymaking process, to the basics of policy analysis, and to the substance of some of today’s major policy debates. The first half of the course focuses on establishing a framework in which to analyze public policy formulation within the United States. The class also reviews the tools for developing and implementing policy. The second half of the course turns to policy analysis of some critical contemporary issues. Building on earlier readings, we will study current debates in economic/tax policy, education, health care, social security, and national security. (Core requirement for the MA in Public Management. Elective option for Government. Analytics students)
470.611 - Introduction to Terrorism Studies
This course provide an overview of the principal areas important to the study of terrorism. The course offers a variety of academic, policy, and operational models, theories, approaches, and concepts regarding the definitions of terrorism, the nature and functioning of various terrorist groups across the globe, and a variety of domestic and international governmental operational and policy responses. Through this exploration, students will be able to identify patterns of behavior of both terrorist groups and governmental responses, and will also be able to identify gaps, and principal areas of improvements in how we understand, and respond to this important security challenge.
470.620 - Introduction to Intelligence in the Five Eyes Community
This course provides students with an overview of intelligence structures within the Five Eyes community (US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand). It covers both foreign and domestic agencies, be they civilian, military or police; HUMINT or SIGINT- enabled; security-intelligence or foreign-intelligence oriented; and tactically or strategically-focused. The course will compare how the various Five Eyes security or intelligence services set priorities and objectives, define national interests (versus shared requirements), develop tactical intelligence, create actionable insights, and how they craft timely and relevant assessments for both domestic and foreign partners. Students are expected to be able to draw conclusions on the value of different types of intelligence, from tactical operations intended to mitigate threat to life cases, to strategic insights relating to proliferation or espionage cases. Upon completing the course, students will understand the dynamics that exist amongst operators and analysts, as well as partners within and outside of the alliance, between domestic intelligence clients and foreign agencies, in regards to sensitive national interests and those of the international partnership.
470.634 - Open Source Research in Conflict, Politics and Scholarship
This course examines the open source research discipline (often called open source intelligence or OSINT), and is primarily concerned with how open source research helps a diverse mix of actors achieve their goals. It is designed to help students develop open source research skills that can have broad utility in their academic and professional careers while considering such topics as how these skills empower governments and a range of nongovernmental actors, including private companies, international aid agencies, and even terrorist groups. In addition to gaining experience applying tools and techniques utilized by OSINT professionals to perform independent research and participate in collaborative exercises, students will become familiar with ethical and legal issues which influence the design of open source research in academic settings.
470.640 - Challenges of Transnational Security
This course focuses on transnational security issues and considers how many of these myriad challenges constitute threats to global peace and security. The combined effects of issues such as drug, weapons, and human trafficking, piracy, terrorism, infectious diseases, and deliberate environmental destruction, along with such critical enablers as corruption, and money movements, are not strangers on the world stage. What is new is their global reach and destructive potential. As a result, these issues have made policy makers consider different conceptions of security and, at times, to move beyond sole considerations of state sovereignty into the realm of human security. Not only are transnational security issues varied in nature and scope, but their effects often are obscured by the fact that many are nascent with gradual and long-term consequences. Further, while some transnational issues may not constitute direct threats to global security, they may threaten the world economy, and quality of life of its citizens. Still others compound and reinforce each other, generating mutations of the original threats. This course will examine a small number of these transnational security issues and relevant policy-making efforts.
470.656 - Presidential Power and Politics
This course considers the evolution of the presidency from its creation by the founders who had “their fingers crossed” while contemplating an executive agent for the emerging government, to its contemporary massive presence in our political system. The class also examines the interactions of the president with the other branches of government—Congress and the Courts—as well as the dynamics and management challenges presented within the executive branch itself. The course focuses on the leadership attributes of effective presidents, as well as aspects of personality or “character” that influence presidential performance. Finally the class focuses on the power and influence exerted by the presidency in domestic public policy and in foreign affairs. Students will be encouraged to develop their own ideas of what makes a great president ion the 21st century.
470.657 - Energy, Security, and Defense
This course is a seminar-based overview of the role of energy in national security. Using a range of U.S. and non-U.S. case studies, students will review the roles of energy in grand strategy, the role of energy in conflict, and, finally, as a logistical enabler of military operations.
470.662 - Assessing Foreign Militaries
A key function of national security analysis is to dissect and explain foreign militaries to lay bare for senior authorities the perceptions, intentions, and capabilities of potential opponents and allies. This course prepares participants to perform such assessments. It explores what senior decision makers need to know, potential sources of information and the most important questions to ask of analysts, and the analytic tools to parse and understand a complex and partially hidden world. It uses a variety of materials including in-depth case studies, exercises, and discussions to develop the necessary knowledge and skills. The course addresses topics such as the operational level of war, manpower, training, morale, and readiness, technology, weapons assimilation, logistics, the prediction of outcomes. It also discusses how these considerations apply to cyber war.
470.663 - Human Security
The multiple crises plaguing the world today make evident the mutual inter-dependence and vulnerability of people and nations. The idea of human security has gained increasing significance within this increasingly complex and interconnected world. Human security places emphasis on the security needs of individual citizens, rather than being preoccupied by traditional, state-centric conceptions of security. It takes into account the impact of security threats such as economic crises, pandemics, and climate change on the lives of individuals within and across national boundaries. The course thus draws attention to alternative interpretations of what constitute security threats and how to contend with the underlying causes of volatility and human insecurity that prevail around the world.
470.664 - Fundamentals and Applications in Cybersecurity
This non-technical course introduces the foundational aspects of cybersecurity policy including basic technical principles of networks and their security, principles of strategy and policy, current governance mechanisms for global information infrastructures, and current strategies and policies for cybersecurity for the public and private sectors. It covers current cybersecurity issues, cyber deterrence and conflict, an inventory and description of state and non-state cyber actors, and the nexus between the public and private sectors. The course assumes little to no exposure to technical and policy aspects of cybersecurity.
470.665 - Covert Action and National Security
Covert action (CA) remains a highly controversial and generally misunderstood element within the Intelligence Community. Title 50 of the United States Code defines Covert Action as: “…an activity or activities of the United States Government to influence political, economic, or military conditions abroad, where it is intended that the role of the United States Government will not be apparent or acknowledged publicly.” Lying somewhere between overt diplomatic initiatives and direct military intervention, CA is often referred to as the “third option” when addressing foreign policy issues that impact on U.S. national security interests. Through selected case studies, we will review the mechanisms by which CA is initiated, managed and executed – determining what CA can and equally important, cannot accomplish. We will also see how CA, as conducted by the CIA, is often used in a dual track program alongside State Department initiatives in an effort to resolve particularly difficult foreign policy dilemmas. CA is not unique to the U.S., and is often employed by other countries as well. Whether Russian “active measures,” or French “direct action,” variants of CA continue to form an integral, albeit highly secretive, element of statecraft.
470.667 - Machine Learning and Neural Networks
Machine learning and, more broadly, artificial intelligence, has recently had a series of unprecedented successes in performing tasks such as image recognition and autonomously playing video games at a higher level of accuracy and performance than humans. These successes are driven by accelerated developments in machine learning, notably neural networks. This course covers a variety of machine learning algorithms from linear regression to nonlinear neural networks. Students will learn to implement these algorithms and understand how they work. Further, students will learn how to select and implement an appropriate algorithm depending on the type of dataset they have, and will be able to use the algorithm to generate predictions. Prerequisite: 470.681 Statistics and Political Analysis This course will cover a variety of machine learning algorithms from linear regression to nonlinear neural networks. Students will learn to implement these algorithms and understand how they work. Further, students will learn how to select and implement an appropriate algorithm depending on the type of dataset they have, and will be able to use the algorithm to generate predictions.
Prerequisite: 470.681 Statistics and Political Analysis.
IMPORTANT: Students are REQUIRED to bring a laptop to class; the laptop should be a PC or Mac laptop (not chromebook) with 4GB RAM (preferably 8GB) minimum. Please contact the instructor with questions..
470.668 - The Politics and Process of American Foreign Policy
Overuse is not the only problem with the maxim that American “politics stop at the water’s edge.” The slogan has simply never been true. American foreign policy has always been a result not just of the crises and opportunities the nation has faced but its unique politics and policy processes. American national interests are determined through the democratic processes established by the Constitution and other legislation and affected by the politics that drive the nation’s elections, its conversations and its foreign policies. These politics and processes have been remarkably consistent since the founding even as the nation’s interests have grown significantly. A better understanding of both the politics and processes of American foreign policy will help students appreciate how the country’s policies are made today and will be made in the future.
470.670 - The Practice & Politics of U.S. Tax Policy
Benjamin Franklin famously observed that “nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Since Franklin’s day, however, both the form and prevalence of taxation have undergone a dramatic global transformation. This course will review the history of U.S. federal taxation and delve into the practical mechanics of taxation. It will provide students with an understanding of the processes, institutions, and political influences that shape tax policy. Finally, it will examine alternative methods of taxation and consider what the future may hold for federal tax policy. (Recommended elective for MA in Public Management)
470.671 - Risk Management in the Public Sector
The demand for robust and resilient risk management practices is increasing in the public sector as organizations continue to struggle with explicitly integrating risks into their executive decision making processes. OMB’s recent revision of A-123 places additional pressure on this imperative. The objective of this course is to introduce students to fundamental risk management and measurement practices and demonstrate their relevance to the government sector. It will help students understand risk management principles and practices and how they might apply to their organization. The goal is to give students a comprehensive view of both the risk management processes and some of the key measurement tools for understanding and mitigating operational, credit, market and enterprise risks exposures.
470.672 - Evolution of American Intelligence
This course explores the development of US intelligence system and the ways in which it has influenced (and been influenced by) world events. The goal is to understand how an intelligence system evolves as a result of changes in national strategy, technology, and legal & policy factors. By investigating the US intelligence system, students will develop their analytical skills and increase their understanding of the workings of foreign and security policies. The approach will be historical and topical. The history of US intelligence offers a surprising number of illustrative cases and themes—many of which can now be examined in detail using official records and contrarian views, and can even be compared with analogues across nations and time periods. More-recent events are not as well documented in the public, official record, of course, but an understanding of earlier patterns and activities can provide valid insights on contemporary trends.
470.673 - Data Visualization
This course instructs students in various visualization techniques and software. Students will learn how to: (1) ask interesting questions about politics, (2) identify data that can be used to answer those questions, (3) collect, clean and document the data, (4) explore and analyze the data with statistical and graphical techniques, (5) create compelling, informative and accurate visualizations and (6) present these visualizations to educated audiences. Prerequisite: 470.681 Statistics and Political Analysis Important Note: This course REQUIRES that you bring a laptop that supports Chrome to all class meetings.
470.674 - Advanced Data Visualization: Interactive Web Graphics
470.675 - Measurement for Government Analytics
Many of the questions posed to government and NGO researchers involve trying to systematically analyze hard-to-measure ideas. Was a program successful? How much popular support might there be for a policy that the public knows little about? How democratic is a country? This course will introduce students to the challenges of and strategies for successfully approaching measurement for government analytics. The focus is on the tasks of conceptualization, operationalization, data collection, and data validation for government analytics. Students will learn to both evaluate and use existing data sources for their own research as well as strategies for collecting and assessing original data.
470.676 - From al-Qaeda to Islamic State: Understanding the Roots of the Global Jihad Movement
No topic has captured the public imagination of late quite so dramatically as the specter of global jihadism. While much has been said about the way jihadists behave, their ideology remains poorly understood. This course aims to help students explore the intellectual development of jihadist ideology, focusing on how conflict has shaped Islamic theology and law. We go from the movement’s origins in the mountains of the Hindu Kush to the jihadist insurgencies of the 1990s and the 9/11 wars. What emerges is the story of a pragmatic but resilient warrior doctrine that often struggles, as so many utopian ideologies do, to consolidate the idealism of theory with the reality of practice.
470.678 - National Security Leadership
This course analyzes the civilian and military leadership of the principal departments and agencies of the government which are responsible for the nation's security. Attention will be placed upon the problems with which civilian (senior and mid-level political appointees, Civil Service) and military leaders are currently dealing, the processes through which they are selected and evaluated, culture and competence clashes, the inevitable tension in the civil-military relationship, and efforts to improve professionalism in a rapidly changing security environment. An important objective is to improve the critical thinking skills of the students and to inform them on the political, operational, budgetary, legal, and other factors which influence senior officials in the making of defense/homeland security strategies and policies and on the decision-making methodologies employed.
470.679 - Armed Social Movements: Terrorism Insurgency and Crime
Drawing on the social movement literature, this course examines the emergence of irregular armed groups and their decisions to use violence. It explains how social movements turnviolent, how violence dictates their nature, and what this nature can tell us in terms of group strengths and weaknesses. It provides the students with the analytical tools needed to distinguish between terrorism, insurgency, and crime – by focusing and understanding group strategies, behavior, and capabilities. Students will thus be familiarized with the theory on armed group formation and evolution – but the course goes further, by counterposing such theory to the complexities of practice through the consideration of key case studies. The course ends with an overview of state strategies intended to counter a wide variety of threats. Particular attention is paid to the notion of operational art and lines of effort to underline the potential and meaning of counterterrorism and counterinsurgency.
470.680 - The Rise and Fall of Intelligence
This course emphasizes recent changes in US intelligence and assesses the ways in which persistent and emerging issues in the field are helping or hindering the United States in achieving policy objectives. The goal is to provide answers to three questions: "How does US intelligence work in the modern world?"; "What are the larger dilemmas facing US intelligence overseers and those who use intelligence?"; and “How are these realities likely to shape the future of the Intelligence Community?” The approach will be both historical and topical. The history of intelligence offers a surprising number of illustrative cases and themes—many of which can now be examined in detail using official records and contrarian views, and can even be compared with analogues across nations and time periods. More-recent events are not as well documented in the public, official record, of course, but an understanding of earlier patterns and activities can provide valid insights on contemporary trends. The trends identified in the past and the present will then be explored for their ramifications for the future.
470.681 - Statistics and Political Analysis
Introduces students to the concepts central to social science research design and methods used to summarize and present quantitative data. Applications using political and public policy data will be featured. Topics covered include research question formulation, cross tabulations, controlled comparisons, hypothesis testing and bivariate regression analysis. In addition, students will learn to use R, a powerful software program that is popular among political consulting firms, think tanks and government agencies. Government Analytics core course. The course is at the introductory level; there is no prerequisite.
470.683 - Scandal Management, Ethics, and Public Policy
This course explores the role of ethical values and reasoning in scandal management and public policy from the standpoint of elected officials, nonprofit leaders and "you" the public manager. Theoretical perspectives are applied to practical cases concerning privacy, safety, race and affirmative action, pornography and cybersecurity, downsizing in the public sector, and leadership, among other topics. Historical and contemporary cases are discussed. Special attention is given to communication issues, public relations, and the language of ethics.
470.684 - Legislative Language and Policymaking
This course examines the process of drafting legislation and the consequences of legislative language in the implementation and adjudication of federal policies. Focusing on the various stages of the legislative process, this course considers the expert and political sources of the legislative language in the U.S. Congress and the importance of language in coalition-building for policy passage. Examining the interactions of Congress with the other branches of government, the course also considers how presidents, the executive branch, and the judiciary interpret statutory language.
470.685 - The Challenge of Change: Innovation in Military Affairs
Change is perennial in national security and military affairs, but knowing how, why, and when to embrace change is both difficult and vital. Strategies and tactics may be outdated, new ideas may be resisted, and science and technology continue to change our world faster than we can optimize. The paradox deepens with context: innovation in peacetime has one logic while innovation in war has another. This course unravels the nature of change in military affairs through four themes: ideas, materials, human capital and structure, and, appreciation of the enemy. The course explores these themes through a series of case studies from around the world. Topics include civilian development/military application of science and technology; learning from failure and success (including from other nations); institutional reactions to change; procurement and the role of industry; and, the impact and limitations of individual “champions” of change.
470.686 - Contemporary Congressional Politics
What are the political forces that shape the contemporary Congress and how does Congress, in turn, re-shape American politics? This course considers how political, social, and technological changes outside the institution help to explain contemporary congressional politics. Topics include: Congress’s role in the separation of powers; its responsiveness to interest groups, ideology, and partisanship; competitiveness in congressional elections and constituency representation; and contemporary media politics.
470.687 - The Political and Social Media Revolutions
Extraordinary innovations in personal communications technology are remaking American political life. Social media are now broadly popular across all social boundaries. Collapsing business models are restructuring media of all sorts. And the fast growing power and reach of targeting are revolutionizing elections. In some ways these changes hark back to pre-Gutenberg eras when virtually all communication was social. In other ways they repeat a classically American story in which each successive wave of popular enfranchisement was helped along by something new and more powerful in the ways a continental people kept up with the news --and stayed in touch with one another. But in enabling individuals to interrelate locally and globally simultaneously and in real time, they are without precedent. Examining these changes from each of these perspectives will be the subject of this course. This course counts towards the Concentration in Political Communications.
470.688 - Political Institutions and the Policy Process
Bridging the divide between political science theories of policymaking and the actual workings of the policy process in the institutions of national government, this course examines the individual contributions of each of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government as well as the interactions and struggles between those branches. How do these various institutions set the policy agenda, develop and deliberate policy alternatives, make authoritative policy decisions, and implement those decisions? In what ways are the interactions between these institutions best considered conflict or cooperation? Also, how do outside actors and institutions -- the media, interest groups, public opinion, parties and campaigns -- affect policymaking in these various institutional settings? Drawing on the Constitutional design and historical development of these institutions as well as contemporary practice, this course examines the purposes, processes, and outcomes of policymaking from an institutional perspective.
470.689 - NGOs in Development and Global Policy-Making
(Formerly Overview of Global Public and Nonprofit Relationship). This course provides an overview of the role of both national and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in processes of development, humanitarian response, and the promotion of human rights and active citizenship. The last decade has been one of rapid change in which NGO relationships with government, the private sector, and donors has been in a state of flux, with unprecedented challenges raised about the legitimacy and effectiveness of NGO actors. The course will look at how systemic changes the evolution of transnational advocacy, the aid effectiveness process, the emergence of new development actors from countries (such as India, China and Brazil) to the primacy of the private sector has influenced NGOs. Elective course for the Certificate in Nonprofit Management.
470.690 - Political Campaigns and the Media
The purpose of this course is to understand the important interaction of politics and the media during political campaigns. Issues that eventually become policy when a candidate is victorious and wins office, usually were identified during a political campaign to win votes from various constituencies. The course will examine how the candidate decides on particular topics to stress and how the media decides to cover or not cover certain topics in the campaigns. The class will focus on particular foreign policy issues such as the War on Terrorism and the war in Iraq. It will also examine how the candidates, staffs, consultants, and the media handle these topics.
470.691 - Digital Citizenship
This course will explore the technological and political implications of digital identity, its relation to various models of national identity and the emerging forms of political participation based, in part, on the increasing important of social software and related tools. We will examine the differences between digital identity and "conventional" identity (an aggregate model instead of a genealogical and geographical based model) and the transition into a digital environment (biometrics, etc.). Special emphasis will be given to the political and cultural factors shaping the conception of identity.
470.692 - Military Strategy & National Policy
This course examines how states (primarily the United States) and other political entities harness military capabilities to pursue of policy objectives. It exposes students to levels of strategy—grand strategy, strategy, operations, and tactics—in a national security context. The course will then focus on the practical implications and unique characteristics of military strategy. Students will critically examine topics such as civil-military relations, land warfare, naval warfare, theories of airpower, insurgency and counterinsurgency, and nuclear warfare. The goal is to understand the embedded assumptions of the various theories, the characteristics of the military capabilities animated by them, and, through discussion and case studies, the strengths and limitations of each.
470.693 - Comparative Democracies
This course uses the comparative method to look at the varieties of democracies that exist today. In the course, we will ask what is democracy, how do we measure it, and how does it vary across space and time? We will look at how democracy manifests in different constitutional forms e.g. parliamentary versus presidential. We will examine how different electoral and party systems influence variation in outcome within the set of democracies, and how social cleavages interact with, and are molded by, these systems. Further, we will use the answers to these questions to explore the issue of democratic consolidation and to ask why some countries become and stay democratic, while others do not. Case studies will be drawn from Europe, Latin America and Asia.
470.694 - Big Data Management Systems
This course introduces students to big data management systems such as the Hadoop system, MongoDB, Amazon AWS, and Microsoft Azure. The course covers the basics of the Apache Hadoop platform and Hadoop ecosystem; the Hadoop distributed file system (HDFS); MapReduce; common big data tools such as Pig (a procedural data processing language for Hadoop parallel computation), Hive (a declarative SQL-like language to handle Hadoop jobs), HBase (the most popular NoSQL database), and YARN. MongoDB is a popular NoSQL database that handles documents in a free schema design, which gives the developer great flexibility to store and use data. We cover aspects of the cloud computing model with respect to virtualization, multitenancy, privacy, security, and cloud data management.
Prerequisite: 470.763 Database Management Systems
Technology Requirements: A 64-bit computer with a chip that supports virtualization (set via BIOS) Windows Operating System 7, 8, or 10 At least 8 Gb of Physical RAM Oracle VirtualBox version 4.2 (free) Please be in touch with the instructor with questions about the technology requirements.
470.695 - Proseminar: Essentials of Public and Private Management
(The purpose of the class is to help equip students to operate effectively in both the public and private sectors. The class will cover three major topics: (1) an overview of managing public and private organizations, with special attention to their differing missions, capabilities, and environments; (2) a survey of important relationships between the public and private sectors; and (3) the need for improved coordination between the public and private sectors to achieve important public purposes. Students will be encouraged to make the course an interactive one and to share their personal knowledge in the context of the issues discussed. Students will be expected to complete a significant paper on a relevant topic approved by the instructor. (Core course for the MA in Public Management and the MA in Government/MBA program)
470.696 - Ethics and Privacy in Intelligence Operations
This course will address the ethical dilemmas and privacy issues that challenge intelligence and government decision makers in an increasingly complex operational and technological environment. We will examine basic moral, ethical and privacy considerations from all sides at several key points in intelligence operations from collection to covert action. The course will analyze the evolving nature of privacy concerns worldwide, with an emphasis on the balance between individual rights and national security needs as executed by intelligence agencies. Students will examine the policy implications inherent in seeking to address these issues. The readings will include diverse and opposing viewpoints as well as practicums and simulations to allow debate of the key positions in "real world" situations. Prior enrollment in 406.665 "The Art and Practice of Intelligence" or 470.711 "Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy" is strongly encouraged.
470.697 - Intelligence and Counterterrorism
Counterterrorism is essentially an intelligence war. By definition, both sides use small forces and clandestine means, hiding their presence and activities not only from each other, but often from friends and allies as well. This course will explore the many roles of intelligence in every facet of counterterrorism, and ask students to evaluate their practical, legal, and moral effects and implications. It will also look at the terrorists’ own intelligence activities, and the “intelligence race” between terrorists and counterterrorists. There are no pre-requisites for this course. However, students would be well served to have a basic familiarity with intelligence and terrorism before the class starts.
470.698 - American Exceptionalism
This course will seek to give students a deeper understanding of where the idea of American exceptionalism comes from and what its implications are for America, both domestically and abroad. Students will gain this understanding from reading classic works in the area that trace America’s political development, starting with its Puritan heritage. Early American works will be studied from this period, along with Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America. Seminal works of modern political science scholarship on this question will also be assigned, including works from Seymour Martin Lipset, Louis Hartz, Daniel Boorstin, and others. The course will then extrapolate from these historic roots to contemporary issues of America’s foreign policy and rationale for its foreign interventions. The course will conclude with questions of America’s standing in the world, which has in recent years, declined and seek to understand why this is so and what it means for the future understanding of American exceptionalism.
470.701 - Congress: Why the First Branch Matters
Congress is the First Branch, “the People’s Branch,” and one of the most powerful legislatures the world has ever known. At this moment in history, however, the people do not assess the institution favorably and political scientists and pundits have declared it the “broken branch.” Is Congress “broken” or merely reflective of our political times? In an era of “unorthodox lawmaking” is a return to “regular order” and “textbook lawmaking” realistic or a fantasy? This course will discuss these questions in the context of the evolving nature of Congress as an institution. The class will examine the institutional development of Congress and explore changes in its representative and legislative functions, as well as constitutional responsibility of holding the “power of the purse.” Congress remains a dynamic institution and it behooves citizens to understand its complexity and centrality to governance in the U.S.
470.702 - Introduction to Law and Legal Methodology
This course is taught by a sitting federal trial judge and introduces students to the fundamentals of legal analysis. Students will interpret the Constitution, statutes and case law. The course will cover how the federal court system works and will read and dissect several Supreme Court, circuit and trial court decisions. Students will learn how to "brief" a case to extract its essence and will understand what the holding and the principles articulated by the court are as well as the procedural posture of the case. The objective of the course it to train students in the fundamentals of how to approach the study of law.
470.703 - Urban Data Analytics
This class applies data analytic skills to the urban context, analyzing urban problems and datasets. Students will develop the statistical skills to complete data-driven analytical projects using data from city agencies, federal census data, and other sources, including NGOs that work with cities. We will examine a variety of data sets and research projects, both historical and contemporary, which examine urban problems from a quantitative perspective. Over the course of the term, each student will work on a real-world urban data problem, developing the project from start to finish, including identifying the issue, developing the research project, gathering data, and analyzing it, culminating in a research paper. Prerequisite: 470.681 Statistics and Political Analysis
470.704 - Strategies in Insurgent and Asymmetric Warfare
This class examines the phenomenon of irregular warfare—of insurgencies and counterinsurgencies in particular—through a historical lens. The course will give you students insight into the origins, objectives, strategies, and tactics of irregular wars, as well as the principles of counterinsurgency theory and practice. Through the course, you will analyze current irregular wars, understand what caused them and whether they are likely to be successful or unsuccessful, and see how they can be combated.
470.705 - The Midterm Elections and the Media in the Trump Era
Historically, the party out of power gains seats in the House and Senate in midterm elections. Historically, when there is a president with low poll ratings like Trump has today, the opposition party wins seats in Congress. However, with the polarization of our politics and the constant tweets of our president the 2018 midterm elections for the House, Senate, Governor's races and state legislatures could be much different than analysts are predicting.
The interactive class will follow the 2018 midterms in real time as the campaigns are taking place all the way through to election day in November. Social media will play a prominent role in the midterms and we will discuss and analyze the social media and traditional media platforms of the candidates. Plus we will discuss how the so-called mainstream media and other media are covering the midterm elections. We will look at the key issues of the campaign: Is Trump the main issue for many voters? Will issues of impeachment and Special Counsel affect voters? Is immigration and health care the key domestic issues? What role will North Korea, Iran, Syria, Mideast peace, Russian meddling in our elections play in the midterms? We will discuss and analyze whether Democrats move too far to the left and Republicans move too far to the right to capture the votes of their base. And, we will look at the winning campaign strategies of the new members of Congress and how they ran victorious campaigns in the Trump era.
470.706 - Federalism: The Interplay Between States and Capitol Hill
State governments are the laboratories of policy innovation and in turn often fuel action at the federal level. There are many meaningful lessons from successes in state government policymaking that could be informative to policymakers on Capitol Hill. What is the nature of the relationship between legislators on the federal level and legislators on the state level? What are the incentives or disincentives for Members of Congress to interact with state legislators or vice versa? This course will address the general principles of federalism, then interplay between Congress and the state legislatures and the role that state legislatures play in shaping and driving policy discussions on Capitol Hill. The class will provide an in-depth analysis of specific policy issues that are currently debated on both Capitol Hill and the state legislatures in order to facilitate a comparison and critical examination of the public policy debate at the federal and state levels. A visit to the Maryland General Assembly for a visit with the Governor and legislative leaders is planned.
470.707 - International Security and Intelligence
This course offers a unique opportunity to work with leading British and American practitioners and academics from the security and intelligence worlds. It considers the claims of state secrecy, the threat of nuclear proliferation, of cyberattack, terrorism, the problems generated by the demand for regional security, and the security challenges of revolutions and governing diversity. Intelligence collection, analysis of the product, and its dissemination to customers remain at the core of the intelligence cycle. Counterintelligence and covert action play more opaque but still vital roles at the heart of the nation state. Understanding these perspectives, what intelligence can achieve, but also its limitations, are major themes. This four-week course is offered at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.
470.708 - Unleashing Open Data with Python
Learning the basics of the computing language, Python, empowers people to retrieve and analyze data in new ways. During the course, students with no prior coding experience will learn how to gather and analyze data in ways that are not possible without the assistance of programming. After covering the fundamentals of syntax and logical thinking, students learn how to read, create and edit files. Then, building on that knowledge, students interact with online resources through web scraping and APIs. Finally, students will use the data they collected to create their own analysis and publish their research to a website. The class equips students to add programming components to their future work, giving them an advantage in a competitive workplace.
470.709 - Quantitative Methods
Solutions to both political and policy problems increasingly require an understanding of how to understand and analyze data. Campaigns collect data to identify potential supporters and donors. Government agencies analyze data to evaluate programs. Research organizations use data to support their policy positions. This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to perform a cutting-edge statistical analysis. You will learn how to design and test regression models using Stata, an incredibly powerful and widely-used statistical software package. Other topics include interaction terms, measures of fit, internal and external validity, logistic and probit regression, and translating statistical findings for broad audiences. The focus of the course will be on using statistical methods in an applied manner. We will concentrate on using statistics to answer political and policy questions, not on the underlying mathematical theories. Recommended prerequisite: 470.681 Statistics and Political Analysis
470.710 - Advanced Quantitative Methods
Extends to the concepts taught in Quantitative Methods. Provides students with the tools needed to construct and evaluate advanced regression models. Topics include logs and polynomials, instrumental variables, fixed effects, time series and forecasting models, dynamic causal effect models and regression discontinuity models. Government Analytics core course. Prerequisite: 470.709 Quantitative Methods.
470.711 - Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy
This course examines the role that intelligence plays in the formation of national security policy. The course explores the forces and events that have shaped U.S. intelligence. It examines the steps involved in producing intelligence from requirements through collection, analysis and the actual making of policy. The role of intelligence in the major intelligence issues facing the United States today will be discussed as well. The main text for the course will be Dr. Lowenthal’s book of the same title published by CQ Press which has been called the “best introduction to the role of the U.S. intelligence community in the national security policy-making process.”
470.712 - The American Civil Trial
This course, taught by a sitting federal trial judge, will introduce students to the trial as a critical element of the American legal system. Using a civil trial as a model, students will explore the procedures leading up to trial – motions practice and discovery – and the format of the trial itself, from opening statements to evidentiary issues, direct and cross examination, expert testimony and closing argument. Students will read excerpts from actual trial and pretrial proceedings and summaries of some noteworthy American trials. The course will give students a practical understanding and a unique perspective of the workings of the American legal system.
470.713 - Resisting Tyranny: Strategic Nonviolent Conflict
War practitioners, policy makers, and security studies scholars study asymmetric warfare to understand why poorly armed insurgents effectively resist and even defeat technologically advanced and materially stronger armies. This course studies a perfect asymmetry in nonviolent warfare where unarmed ordinary people are able to effectively challenge and eventually defeat a fully armed, resource-rich regimes. In fact, historically, nonviolent movements have been twice as effective against violent regimes as armed insurgencies. This course will consider skills of organized populations in inter-state and intra-state conflicts, including anti-dictatorship, anti-occupation, anti-corruption, anti-violence struggles and analyze how disciplined civilians use nonviolent strategies and tactics to galvanize large and diverse participation, place their violent opponents in dilemma, make repression backfire and cause defections among adversaries' pillars of support.
470.714 - The Comparative Politics of Latin America
This course covers the politics of Latin America from 1945 to the present. It is designed to introduce students to the academic study of contemporary Latin American politics. Students are required to apply comparative methods of analysis to contrast regimes and political phenomena beyond governments. Students are expected to compare the institutions, policies and development models of different governments and regimes, as well as the ideology, program, organizational structure and support base of different social movements and political parties. These comparisons enable students to explore both similarity and difference. Students may identify broad commonalities in the politics of a region that shares many cultural features and important structural constraints. However, they should also be aware of distinctions; including the important differences between Central America, the Andean region and the Southern Cone, as well as significant variations between neighboring states.
470.715 - Political Conventions: Communication, Campaigning, and Controversy
The Democratic and Republican National Political Conventions being held this summer could turn out to be two of the most exciting and interesting conventions in several decades. The course will look ahead and discuss, analyze and preview the July GOP convention in Cleveland and the Democratic Convention also being held in July in Philadelphia. We will look at how a brokered convention that goes beyond one ballot would work. Could Trump be denied the GOP nomination if he has the majority of primary votes? Would a Trump GOP platform be against much of what Republican Party believes in? Could there be a compromise “establishment” candidate to emerge at the convention? Will Bernie and Hillary be able to work together or will their supporters fracture the Democratic Party in Philadelphia this summer? Will a progressive Democratic platform be too liberal for winning the general election? The class will discuss and analyze the role of the media—traditional and social-and how they present the conventions this summer and the role media has played in previous political conventions. We will also discuss how the various candidates and the political parties use the media to get out their message. From the 1924 Democratic Convention that went a record 103 ballots to the 1932 Democratic Convention where Roosevelt became the first candidate ever to address the delegates in person to the “police riot” Democratic Convention in Chicago in 1968, the class will go over the history of America’s political conventions. We will discuss the controversies of the past and the upcoming controversies expected this summer. We will look at how television changed the political conventions in 1960 and how social media and the Internet will be changing the national political conventions in the summer of 2016. This will be an exciting and interesting course following the end of the primary campaign season and looking ahead to the summers’ Democratic and Republican conventions!
470.716 - Road to the White House: The General Election
This course examines all aspects of the presidential contest including looking at the role and views of the candidates on the leading domestic and foreign policy issues of the campaign. The class will analyze the role of the media, the impact of the internet, and the financial requirements of the campaign. The course will assess the pivotal role of the campaign managers and consultants and key outside advisors from the worlds of politics, business and entertainment. A key ingredient of the class will be the SAIS Center on Politics & Foreign Relations, the Financial Times and JHU Graduate School of Government breakfasts in the fall that students will be able to attend. The class will also watch and analyze the presidential debates. On election night, the class will hold a reception looking at the returns. After the new president is elected, the class will focus on how the country's new Chief Executive puts together his new Cabinet and team of advisors.
470.717 - Risk, Politics, and Public Policy
The future is an unknown land for individuals and for governments. It poses opportunities for gains and possibilities of losses. The risks of losses include terrorist acts, wars, natural catastrophes, poor health and many other misfortunes. Individuals, including public officials, perceive risks in different ways, and this class will look at classical, behavioral, and cultural theories of risk perception. Governments assess and manage collective risks, often with regard to politics and the concerns of voters. This course will analyze and evaluate such collective responses to risk. The course will be of use to students interested in homeland security, foreign affairs, environmental policy, health care, social security, and financial market regulation.
470.718 - The 2016 Election: Campaigning, Communicating, and Winning
The class will follow the 2016 presidential campaign as it unfolds in the fall. We will follow and analyze the debate strategy of each of the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates. The course will discuss and analyze the media and social media of the various presidential candidates, including how they use these platforms for fundraising, and we will look at how the traditional media and social media are covering the campaign. We will closely follow and debate the issues, the strategies, the consultants and the campaign tactics each candidate is using to appeal to more voters. My Center for Politics & Foreign Relations and the Financial Times will be hosting most of the GOP and Democratic presidential candidates, senior political correspondents, political consultants and leading fundraisers at our Issues Forum 2016. Students in the class are invited to attend these forums as an integral part of the course. We have already hosted Senator Bernie Sanders, Lincoln Chafee (who announced his run for president in our forum this summer) and Senator Jim Webb speak. Looking to have a lively, interactive and interesting class with students doing oral reports acting as their favorite presidential candidate and explaining his/her winning strategy. Also will have students be political reporter/blogger covering the campaign and explain their media strategy for covering the presidential campaigns.
470.719 - Technical Collection of Intelligence
This course covers the application of technologies to intelligence collection. It includes remote sensing technology as applied in geospatial intelligence (GEOINT), measurements and signatures intelligence (MASINT) and signals intelligence (SIGINT). It examines the tradeoffs associated with the use of different imaging, radar, and passive radiofrequency sensors and collection platforms. It also addresses a number of specialized but increasingly important collection methods such as cyber intelligence, materials and materiel collection, and biometrics. The methods for processing, exploiting and analyzing raw intelligence are discussed. The final segment of the course investigates the management issues associated with technical intelligence collection.
470.720 - Rhetoric v. Reality in Politics: US Campaigns and Elections
The art of political persuasion has evolved rapidly in the past few centuries, but the present mimics the past. Conventional political wisdom asserts that the 2020 election – with the bombastic Donald Trump and a slate of unconventional freshmen Democrats on the ballot – is unlike any witnessed in the nation’s history, but with the increase in partisanship over the last few decades, can voters really be persuaded or dissuaded from voting straight party line tickets in November 2020? This course will seek to answer that question in real time, as the students and professor slowly unwrap and examine the packaging – verbal, visual and other – candidates have employed over the last few decades to sell themselves and their platforms to voters. After first laying a historical foundation for understanding the evolution, or devolution, of U.S. rhetoric and campaigns, this course will examine every twist and turn of Election 2020 with an eye towards the means of persuasion employed by candidates, surrogates and PACS. Students will also examine the role money is playing in this post-Citizens United world, along with how free – or “earned” – media and new modes of technology are being employed by contemporary campaigns. The course will also devote a substantial amount of time to examining the media’s role in how the public views current and former candidates. Guest lecturers include some of the nation’s top political reporters.
470.721 - Comparative Federalism: The United States and the European Union
Federalism the division of power and sovereignty between a central authority and local governments has emerged as one of the most important themes of contemporary Western politics in both the United States and Europe. For the United States the division of power between the Federal and State governments lies at the very heart of the American Constitution. At the same time disputes over the precise balance of Federal and State power has been a major fault line in American politics since Federalists and anti-Federalists at the time of the founding. For Europe the destruction of two World Wars showed the destructive side of nationalism and acted as an impetus to leverage Europe’s common history and cultural inheritance to forge a supranational political and economic union dedicated to peace and prosperity. Since the end of the Cold War and the Treaty of Maastricht the process of European integration has speeded up rapidly resulting in a common European currency as well as common legal and political institutions. At the same time concerns about the perceived loss of sovereignty, national identity, and democratic accountability have led in some places to backlashes against Brussels and resurgent nationalism. There is also the broader question of the European Union’s goals and identity is it principally an economic union or is it a super-state in the making? In this course we will explore Federalism in its institutional, legal, philosophical, and historical aspects in both America and Europe.
470.722 - Defense Intelligence in War and Peace
“Intelligence and War” will examine the use and misuse of intelligence in the warning of, preparation for, and conduct of war. It will highlight its endemic nature, and its applicability to prevailing in as well as preventing armed conflict. The evolution of intelligence capabilities will be reviewed, and its current status and relevance examined.
470.723 - Western Political and Constitutional Thought
Many of the ideas which shape today´s world- democracy, liberalism, conservatism, capitalism, socialism, nationalism - have their roots in a "great conversation" (Robert Hutchins) that spans some 25 centuries from ancient Greece until today. The conversation motivating the Western tradition has included a set of perennial questions such as: Who ought to rule - and how do we decide? What is the purpose of politics? What is the best form of constitution? What makes political authority legitimate? What is political justice? What is citizenship? This course is intended as a broad survey of some the most influential political thinkers in the intellectual tradition of Europe and America. Among the many who will be examined are : Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Voltaire, Baron de Montesquieu, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Immanuel Kant, Adam Smith, Thomas Jefferson, Edmund Burke, Friedrich Nietzsche, G.W.F. Hegel, Karl Marx, John Stuart Mill, Leo Strauss, and Hannah Arendt.
470.724 - Managing Dangerous Futures: Global Political Risk Analysis
Political risk affects almost every major decision that governments, corporations, nonprofit organizations, and even individuals make, sometimes turning what appears to be a good decision into a bad one, with severe implications. However, few people really understand political risk or how it can be evaluated and mitigated. The goals of this course are to ensure that all students can assess the political risk of a particular country or situation; assess the political risk of a particular business investment; take a much broader perspective on the possible sources of political risk; understand how the way people think and groups function preclude effective decision making (thus making bad decisions more common); evaluate risks using a variety of different risk assessment tools; and leverage a variety of mechanisms to improve risk management.
470.725 - China's Impact on Global Security
As China's role on the international stage continues to grow, how will its behavior affect the dynamics of global peace and security? Beijing has long espoused a principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other states, but China is becoming a more central player in efforts to address global security challenges. China's diplomatic outreach in Afghanistan and the Middle East, economic investments in Pakistan and Burma, increased participation in peacekeeping operations, and more vocal presence in multilateral institutions all reflect the country’s expanding influence. Students will put themselves into the position of national security leaders in China, in the United States, and in third countries to explore a range of national interests, priorities, objectives, strategies, and policy tools.
470.726 - Education Policy and Federalism
This course will explore contemporary issues in education policy, with a focus on the evolving relationships between federal, state, and local governments in guiding America’s schools. Topics will include the successes and failures of the soon-to-be-reauthorized federal No Child Left Behind Act, debates over the wisdom of national academic standards, the legal environment for public school finance, the growing role of nongovernmental organizations like Teach for America and national charter school networks in public education, collective bargaining in education, and the political dynamics of education reform. The course will include group discussions and papers in which students will be required to select and defend specific policy positions in the areas discussed. (Recommended elective for MA in Public Management)
470.727 - The Politics of the New Administration
The course will allow students to follow the new administration of America's 45th president as it develops. We will study the politics of the new administration ranging from the selection of the president's Cabinet to his major domestic programs including health care, the environment and energy programs. We will debate and discuss the new administration's foreign policy goals and objectives around the world including Iraq and Afghanistan and the War on Terror. The main issue facing the new administration will be the economy and we will study how the new administration handles this ongoing crisis. We will compare how Franklin Roosevelt handled his first 100 days during the great Depression and compare them today's severe recession and how the new President does or does not rise to the problem of restoring faith in the American economy. The course will also include guest speakers -- from members of the new administration-and journalists who cover the White House. Students will take on the role of advisors to the president and present a paper on the political perspectives of a specific domestic or foreign policy initiative the new president has put forth. This course counts towards the concentration in Political Communication.
470.729 - The Presidency and Congress
This course examines the dynamics of the separation of powers, focusing on the two elected branches. We will study the tensions and conspiracies between and within those branches and look at competing notions of leadership, partisanship, representation, and constitutional government by focusing on the institutions, the revolutions within them, the crises that have defined them, and the character of the men and women who have shaped them. This course counts towards the concentration in Legal Studies.
470.730 - Intellectual Property Law
This course, taught by a sitting federal judge, will survey intellectual property law, including patent, copyright, and trademark law. The course will cover the basics of intellectual property and will be taught like a law school class, using the case method. The course will also introduce students to the fundamentals of legal analysis. There will be no exam; students will be required to write a paper..
470.731 - Privacy in a Data-driven Society
This course will address the legal, policy and cultural issues that challenge the government and its citizens in the increasingly complex technical environment of privacy. We will examine the challenges in balancing the need for information and data against the evolving landscape of individual privacy rights. The course will examine privacy at all levels: by analyzing the shifting views of individual privacy by citizens as well as the technological challenges in both protecting and analyzing personal information for government use. Using case studies and hypotheticals, we will discuss the issue of transparency in the government use and retention of data. Our cases will range from healthcare.gov to “sunshine laws” to national security uses of information. We will trace the development of legal and policy measures relevant to privacy concerns and envision future solutions needed in an era of great technological innovation including the use of “big data”.
470.732 - Communications and Congress
We're living in a capital city the founders wouldn't even recognize. In recent years the Capitol itself has been outfitted with state of the art green screens, fiber optic cables, minutely pixelated cameras and new, polished studios where politicians of all stripes roll out proposals that are instantly disseminated to their supporters on multiple mediums, including in email blasts begging for campaign contributions. After a brief exploration of the history of political communications, the course will quickly pivot into a real-time examination and training session for surviving - even thriving - in the contemporary world of communications. The course will instill in students the dire need to stay focused on good policy. While students will leave equipped with the tools that will enable them to thrive in this hyper-partisan atmosphere, the hope of the course is to help Hopkins students stand out as policy focused experts in this soundbite-dominated era. The instructor is a veteran congressional reporter who is offering to bring students enrolled in his course with him to attend press conferences and/or hearings, to witness key votes from the press galleries overlooking the House and Senate floors and to study how reporters and politicians interact inside the marble halls of the Capitol. Students will be offered a front row seat to witness the contemporary congressional communications apparatus in person (some students may not be able to take time off work to accompany the professor to the Capitol, which is fine because they can catch up on those events later on C-SPAN, though students are encouraged to shadow him on the Hill for at least one day during the semester, though some may opt for spending more than one day with him). The main focus is on training students to be communications experts in this new, digital world. Students will have one main project during the semester that will require them to develop their own messaging campaign simultaneously on multiple m
470.734 - Organizational Leadership and Ethics in NGO Management
This course focuses on organizational leadership strategies and the role of ethics within nonprofit and nongovernmental work specifically. A wide scope of ethical issues relevant to nonprofit and nongovernmental work will be reviewed, analyzed and discussed. NPOs/NGOs operate under specific ethical guidelines in order to ensure accountability to the public and their many stakeholders. This course will focus on ethical behavior within organizations and explore instances of when prominent NGO leaders and organizations have been situated to face ethical dilemmas. The course will cover a wide scope of management models, techniques, and organizational values and goals. It will also review the impact that various leadership styles have had on organizations through the study of case studies and what has amounted to optimal leadership effectiveness. In addition to learning strategies to lead high performance organizations ethically. This course will combine theory, practical applications, and technical skills that will strengthen their ability to be strong leaders. Core course for the MA in NGO Management.
470.735 - Politics and the Media
Quickly accelerating changes in the ways we get our news are compelling newsmakers and journalists alike to rethink their craft, and their relationships with their audiences, with repercussions for policy, politics and public discourse. This course will examine how innovations – like social networking, mobile platforms, behavioral targeting, etc --are providing journalists and political leaders with new ways to interact with citizens. It will look at how the rapid migration of consumers to the web is leading news organizations of all types to rethink how they organize, pay for and think about themselves. Students in this course will use real time news developments in the nation’s capital as a laboratory for observing the evolving ways news sources and reporters and the public interact. Questions to be considered include whether this digitized and networked environment has implications for the pace and character of changes in public policy. The course will invite practitioners in journalism and politics who are dealing with these developments daily to share their sense of where all this is leading. This course counts towards the Political Communication Concentration.
470.736 - Methods of Policy Analytics
Data analytics are an essential part of program and policy evaluation. Policymakers increasingly rely upon analytics when making critical policy decisions. In this course, students will conduct a variety of policy focused data analyses using R. Students will utilize a variety of descriptive and inferential data analysis techniques to inform the design and execution of a policy. Students will utilize data-driven analysis to produce policy memoranda in a variety of domains relevant to today’s practitioners. A good understanding of basic economics and statistics, and an understanding of American government institutions and programs, will be necessary for a student to participate effectively in the class discussions and complete the assignments.
A good understanding of basic economics and statistics, and an understanding of American government institutions and programs, will be necessary for a student to participate effectively in the class discussions and complete the assignments. Please contact the instructor with any questions.
Prerequisite: 470.681 Statistics and Political Analysis
470.737 - The Media and Presidential Politics
(This course counts towards the Political Communications Concentration.) This class will look at presidential politics during presidential campaigns and how the candidates work with and against the media. All forms of media from print reporting to television to the new applications of the Internet and beyond will be explored and discussed as we pay particular attention to the role the media play in conveying the president’s message to the public. The course will follow key events in the Obama administration, such as, for example, the financial meltdown or growing American involvement in Afghanistan and use them as case studies to better understand the interaction among politicians, policymakers, and the media. We will also look back at former presidents and previous presidential campaigns to compare with the current Obama administration and the 2008 presidential campaign. We will analyze how the 2012 presidential campaigns are just beginning and how the media is now covering possible potential rivals to Obama.
470.739 - Emergency Management and Communications
A series of unforeseen and unprecedented emergencies in recent years have posed steep challenges to private businesses, non-profit institutions, and local, state and federal government. Terrorist attacks, pandemics, natural disasters, financial collapse and other crises pose unique challenges to policy makers. Increasingly, people in authority have had to implement plans, make announcements, and order evacuations, often on short notice, and bereft of effective tools. This has caused the public, private, and non-profit sectors to invest more resources on preparation. This course will examine approaches that have been taken with an eye toward minimizing damages and enhancing the security of the greatest number of people. It will examine some that have succeeded and others that have not. On occasion, guests, who have had been on the front lines in emergency situations will appear in class to enhance students' appreciation of the extent of these potential threats and to share their ideas as to how they might best be handled. Readings will focus on case studies of historical and contemporary emergency situations and how policy makers addressed them.
470.740 - Cyber Policy, Strategy, Conflict and Deterrence
This course will provide an overview of current issues in the cyber realm, focusing on policy and conflict from a U.S. and international perspective. We will begin with an understanding of the power inherent in cyberspace and consider the policy issues facing the civilian, military, intelligence and private business sectors in dealing with offensive and defensive cyber activity. Through the use of case studies, we will examine previous and ongoing cyber conflicts to understand their impacts on international relations. We will analyze the roles of several different types of cyber actors including state actors, non-state actors such as criminal and terror groups and private sector/business responses. This course will also examine the issue of cyber deterrence, and the unique aspects of offensive and defensive cyber activities by all cyber actors. A technical background is not required and basic aspects of cyber operations will be discussed and demonstrated as part of the introductory class sessions.
470.741 - Campaigns and Elections
This course introduces current theories and controversies concerning political campaigns and elections in the United States. We take advantage of the fact that the class meets during the "invisible primary" of the 2016 presidential campaign, and students are expected to follow journalistic accounts closely. The course is split into two major parts. First, we consider the style and structure of American campaigns. For example, we ask how campaigns have changed in the last fifty years, especially concerning the role of parties, the presence of incumbency advantage, and the role of money. In addition, we consider why candidates decide to run, how they position themselves on important issues, and how they design their campaign messages. We also cover the importance of campaign polling, and the tricky task of forecasting election outcomes. Second, we explore the impact of campaigns on voters. For example, we ask whether campaigns ever convince voters to change their opinion, or whether demographic and socioeconomic factors explain most political behavior. The goal of the course is to review the importance of elections in American politics, and to provide the tools to make normative judgments about the health of American democracy.
470.742 - Politics of Cybersecurity
In recent years, the United States has become dependent on cyber virtual networks as the engine for our society. However, this digital infrastructure remains extremely vulnerable to cyber attacks. Protecting the networks we rely on presents unique challenges, as networks are without borders and bear the stress of attack millions of times each day. This course will explore the challenges and political factors impacting the judicial, legislative, executive branch agencies of Department of Defense, Homeland Security, National Security Agency, and private industry as they all work to secure and create a national cyber security apparatus. The intelligence community is facing an enormous challenge in working to prevent the transfer of the United States' intellectual property and identifying the cyber attackers. We will discuss the political implications of establishing laws addressing how information is to be shared between governments and industry and the authorities needed for the DoD and intelligence community to operate domestically. We will discuss the impact of the creation of the Department of Homeland Security and examine the evolving relationship of Congressional oversight and legislative mandates. Issues such as jurisdiction of congressional committees, the budget, and the authorization and appropriations processes will be covered. Major policy and counter-terrorism issues of special concern to Congress will also be addressed in this course. Guest speakers will be invited from DHS, Capitol Hill and the media, allowing us to examine the issues from a variety or perspectives.
470.743 - Data Mining and Predictive Analytics
Many government agencies engage in data mining to detect unforeseen patterns and advanced analytics, such as classification techniques, to predict future outcomes. In this course, students will utilize IBM SPSS Modeler to investigate patterns and derive predictions in areas such as fraud, healthcare, fundraising, human resources and others. In addition, students will learn to build segmentation models using clustering techniques in an applied manner. Integration with other statistical tools and visualization options will be discussed. Prerequisites: 470.681 Statistics and Policy Analysis and 470.709 Quantitative Methods.
470.744 - Trade and Security
Since World War II, American trade policy has been implemented through agreements with a growing array of foreign governments to encourage global economic integration by lowering barriers to international trade. The course will begin with a look at the foundation of this approach to trade policy at the end of World War II and the relationship the Roosevelt and Truman administrations saw between integration and security policy. It will then introduce students to the American trade regime of the early 21st century and the WTO, and examine the ways the U.S. governments has adapted this regime to regional challenges arising from relationships with Japan, China, and the Muslim world, and to policy issues, like resource dependence, sanctions and export controls. The course will have a midterm exam on America’s trade regime and the concepts that have shaped it, and a final paper, in which students will examine an issue of their choice in depth. (Recommended elective for MA in Public Management)
470.745 - Terrorist Financing Analysis and Counterterrorist Finance Techniques
The course examines how terrorist groups finance their operations. It also explores current policy approaches to curb financial support to terrorists through the application of U.S. and international sanctions, in particular how multilateral fora, such as the United Nations and the Financial Action Task Force, disrupt and deter terrorist financing. At the completion of this course, students will have a better understanding of the key tools, including law enforcement, diplomacy, and intelligence, that are used to counter terrorists’ financial networks and activities. Through this course, students will develop proficiency in a series of analytic methods used to study terrorist financing and counter financing. Students will use structured analytic tools such as weighted ranking methods, scenario trees, causal flow diagramming, hypothesis testing, and utility analysis, as well as game theory and logic to form analytic judgments. Prior coursework or professional experience in intelligence, (counter) terrorism, or finance recommended.
470.746 - Iran: Security Policy of a Revolutionary State
This course will provide the analytical and contextual skills required to understand the current political and security situation of Iran. After laying out the context of the Iranian Revolution through a brief examination of the Pahlavi years, the course then weaves together Iran’s political, military, diplomatic, social, economic development during the turbulent years between Iran’s 1978-1979 revolution and the 2015 nuclear agreement—covering a time period of roughly 1941 to the present day. This course covers three main inter-related topics: the history and development of the modern Iranian state; the interaction between state and society in modern Iran; and Iran’s diplomatic history in the 20th and 21st centuries. The course concludes with a discussion of Iran’s present-day foreign, security, and defense structures and processes.
470.748 - The Art & Practice of Intelligence
This course introduces students to the field of intelligence, particularly as practiced in the United States. After a brief overview of the historical foundations of modern intelligence, it discusses how intelligence was conducted during the 20th century including collection, analysis, counterintelligence, covert action, and oversight. It then discusses the disruptive influences of September 11, the Iraq War, and new technologies. The course concludes with a discussion of the “democratization of intelligence."
470.749 - Campaigns and Running for Office
You can see yourself now – taking the oath of office, giving speeches, and making critical decisions impacting thousands or millions of people. But how do you get there? This class provides a practical guide for students who are interested in exploring a run for elected office. Students will learn how to assess if and when they are ready to run, which office to run for, and most importantly, develop the critical skills needed as a candidate to wage and win a contested campaign. These skills include writing a campaign plan and budget, hiring staff and consultants, learning how to fundraise, and working with the media. This class dispels the myth that only those independently wealthy can serve in office by giving students a real understanding of what it takes to run and win.
470.750 - Modern Conflict in the Middle East
This course examines the evolution of armed conflict in the Middle East over the past three decades and why the United States' conventional military dominance has not led to lasting strategic victory. Attention will be paid to how both states and non-state actors in the region have adjusted to America (and Israel)'s overwhelming conventional military superiority through deterrent strategies, asymmetric tactics (i.e. insurgency, terrorism, tunnel warfare), and exploitation of advanced commercial technologies (i.e. improvised explosive devices, UAVs, cyberwarfare, information operations) in lethal and/or strategic operations. Students will utilize "rationalist" and cultural frameworks to critically analyze these innovations across multiple conflicts/operations, including: Operations Iraqi Freedom and Inherent Resolve; various iterations of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; the civil wars in Syria and Yemen; and strategic conflict between Iran and the United States (and Israel) . The course's objective is to provide a better understanding of the relationship between military technological capability and strategic success in modern conflict, and of the challenges U.S. policymakers may face in future conflicts both in the Middle East and globally against other great powers.
470.751 - Politics and Security in the MIddle East
This course examines U.S. policy responses to the changing political and security landscape of the Middle East. Bringing together historical events, primary sources and secondary literature and contextual analysis, this course provides the analytical skills required to develop a sophisticated understanding of the current political and security situation in the Middle East. Students will engage key topics in modern Middle Eastern politics and security, including the origins of Islam, Arab nationalism and its rise to prominence, the Arab-Israeli and Palestinian-Israeli conflicts, the internal/external struggles against Western imperialism, the competition among Arab states for regional dominance, the Cold War the Middle East, America’s relations with Iran and Iraq, the oil economy of the Gulf, the challenge minorities that pose to the region, the rise of Islamic radicalism, the Arab Spring, and the rise and fall of the Islamic State.
470.752 - Intelligence Analysis
Intelligence analysis is fundamentally about understanding and communicating to decision makers what is known, not known, and surmised, as it can best be determined. Students will read seminal texts on intelligence analysis, discuss the complex cognitive, psychological, organizational, ethical, and legal issues surrounding intelligence analysis now and in the past, and apply analytic methodologies to real-world problems.
470.753 - Problems in State and Local Government:Can They be Fixed?
State and local budget and tax systems are not optimal — and in many cases not functional — for 21st century governance. This course will look at aspects of budget and revenue systems that could be modernized and improved, and how that might be accomplished. Areas studied will include use of budget projections, tax expenditure policies, sales, income, and property tax issues, and business taxation, as well as issues of whether and/or how use of newer technologies and newer ways of doing business should be taxed. It also will consider some current trends that could further undermine governance, such as proposals to write specific funding formulas into state constitutions. Issues and trends will be considered across states, and students will be assigned specific states to study in depth and discuss during class time. Both policy solutions and the interest groups and political strategies that are necessary to achieve solutions will be discussed. The course will begin with a brief introduction to state and local finance.
470.754 - Project Management for NGOs
This course will provide an overview on project management as it pertains to nonprofit work. The course will teach students how to manage the five aspects of project management: project initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and evaluation, and closure. Students will learn the full project cycle from start to finish, drawing on actual examples of projects funded by a diverse range of donors, public and private organizations, and foundations. The course will also utilize templates relevant to project management for students to use as a resource in the field. The class will touch on issues relevant to project management such as project scope, objectives, stakeholders, planning, financial tracking, grants compliance, and closing. Elective course towards the Project Management, Evaluation and Leadership track for the Masters in NGO Management.
470.755 - Sustainable Cities in Germany: Lessons for the United States
This course addresses two important, but overlooked global urban phenomena – the development of world-class urban sustainability plans in Berlin and the Stuttgart region and their suitable transfer and application to cities in the U.S. This class will be designed to expose the student to the evolution and performance of renewable energy, public transit, water infrastructure, workforce training and social inclusion innovations - in these metropolitan regions and the ways that they may (or not) be considered suitable for adoption in the US. By the end of this course the student will have developed an appreciation for the pioneering urban sustainability programs of Berlin and Stuttgart and the phenomena of cross-national policy transfer to the U.S.
470.756 - Understanding Modern War
This course examines the phenomenon of modern warfare through both a theoretical and historical lens. It will provide insight into the definitions, origins, objectives, strategies, and tactics of modern conflict. Throughout the course you will analyze recent and ongoing conventional, irregular, and hybrid wars and understand what caused them, how they were conducted, and why they ended the way they did. Through a combination of lecture and online discussion, students will analyze these conflicts from a variety of perspectives to include state security and military forces, insurgents, criminals, and terrorists. Prerequisite: AS.470.692 Military Strategy & National Policy.
470.757 - Language and Power: How to Understand and Use Political Speech
Political writing is a subspecies of language with several manifestations. There is an art to the op-ed and to the editorial, to the polemical essay and to the review. Within government, there are skills particular to ghosting speeches and essays, preparing Congressional testimony, Federal commission reports, policy memoranda, and press releases. There are even special forms and qualities of expression for hosting award and memorial ceremonies, and for writing thank-you notes, toasts, and letters of condolence.
This course is designed to teach an appreciation for the range and nature of political writing and speech in both its public and governmental forms. It also introduces students to the fundamental skills required to do effective political writing. The course is designed to be a writing-heavy course, because (most) people learn by doing. It will therefore be somewhat time-consuming, but within reason.
470.759 - American Political Development
This course examines the factors that promote stability and change in American politics. Broad in historical scope, this course considers the development of the American state and its institutions as well as the continuities and complexities of American political culture by analyzing key moments of institution-building and policy change from the American Founding to the present. Key questions include: What explains the character of the American state? What are the consequences of the American state and its policies? Is America “exceptional” in these and other regards? What roles and functions do political institutions perform? What roles do culture, ideas, and rhetoric play in social, political, and economic life? How have these various roles and functions changed over time?
470.760 - Comparative Intelligence Systems
Do all countries conduct their intelligence activities in the same way? If not, what are the reasons for the differences? This class will consider theoretical ways of understanding and assessing national intelligence systems. It will look at political, historical, and cultural factors which may influence the development and functions of nations’ intelligence agencies and systems. The class will include an examination of the "ways of intelligence" of the United States, the United Kingdom, the USSR/Russia, Germany, China, and Iraq, among others.
470.762 - Democracy and Security in Israel
The influence of the security circumstances of Israel and its point of departure as a nation for democracy in Israel will be the focus of this class. The exigencies of war put tremendous pressure on liberal-democratic ideals and institutions, and very few democracies have endured such long-term conflict as Israel has. How has Israel managed to combine security with liberty without sacrificing one to the other? How might Israel democracy better serve its multi-ethnic constituencies? What is it about the nature of Israel’s institutions, its history, and its culture that enables it to persevere as a liberal democracy? With authoritarianism on the rise in the world – will Israel be able to resist it? We have planned a variety of units to look at these facets of Israeli democracy – its strengths, challenges, and vulnerabilities.
470.766 - Economic Growth:The Politics of Development in Asia, Africa and Beyond
What makes some countries grow while others do not? What accounts for successful economic development versus stagnation? As these questions become ever more relevant in an increasingly globalized world, this course offers an introduction to the topic. The class will provide an overview of the main classic and current theories of economic development. It will then go on to explore specific current issues in development, including: development aid, role of international organizations, sustainable development, corruption, institution building and regime type. Specific case studies will be examined including China and India, the East Asian 'tigers', development failures in Africa and mixed outcomes in Latin America.
470.767 - Defense Policy
This course describes the principal challenges facing the making of American Defense Policy and explains previous and current policies declared and practiced to meet them. The course is designed to inform students on the most pressing defense issues confronting the United States, and to present them a framework for defense policy analysis. It emphasizes understanding those defense policies, analyzing them, and considering and weighing alternative approaches to achieving national objectives of deterrence and defense. The course fosters an understanding of the array of U.S. military capabilities providing plausible responses to the use of military power in support of U.S. foreign policy objectives. It examines those policies in the areas of nuclear, conventional, and irregular forces, and weighs alternatives in shaping the size and structure of those forces to meet national objectives.
470.768 - Programming and Data Management
This course introduces students to the R programming language. The R language is one of the most popular tools used today for performing data analytics, statistics, machine learning, data visualization, and much more. By the end of this course, students will understand fundamental programming concepts that apply to all programming languages. These concepts include variables, functions, loops, data structures, and data types. The course will also cover the use of these tools to solve challenging data problems that students may encounter in their academic or professional careers. Note: The course overlaps a bit with 470.681 Statistics and Political Analysis, but this course focuses much more heavily on the fundamentals of programming.
470.770 - Communicating Public Policy
This course will introduce students to today’s most pressing public policy issues, with an emphasis on writing to achieve impact. Public policy professionals must be familiar with a variety of key issues and be able to effectively make a case for a position. This course will examine such topic areas as health care, energy/environment, fiscal policy, international trade, and education and identify core issues and the politics that characterize each of these policy areas. As part of our study, students will learn the art of writing policy memos, issue briefs, op-eds and speeches. When you complete the course successfully, you will be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of five public policy issues through various forms of writing. You will be able to effectively and succinctly write policy memos, issue briefs, op-eds, blogs and speeches, addressing a specified audience, clearly identifying the problem, and making a case for a position or solution.
470.771 - Security and Politics in the South Caucasus
This course addresses security and political issues in the South Caucasus, as well as selected economic, cultural and ethnic topics. It examines the histories of Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan prior to the Russian conquest and during the imperial and Soviet periods; political continuity and change since the fall of the Soviet Union; and the origins and evolution of ethno-territorial conflicts. It discusses the region as an arena of security competition between Russia and NATO and as a venue for frozen conflicts. It also considers democratization and global energy politics as well as the role played by regional powers such as Iran and Turkey. Finally, it looks at how the European Union’s European Partnership initiative is shaping the region. After initial sessions in Washington the course moves to Tbilisi, Georgia for a week for meetings with policy makers and experts, including those on Azerbaijan and Armenia. Side trips include excursions to the area of the Russia-occupied line near South Ossetia and Georgia's ethnic minorities. The course finishes with a concluding session in Washington.
470.772 - Practical Applications of Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence and Data Science are transformational technologies that hold the promise of improving lives and our society at large. While the hype around AI is growing, its adoption is anything but straightforward. The successful application of AI to lower risk, understand customers better and automate decision making requires a deep understanding of the right use cases where AI can lead to breakthrough innovations.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to investigate multiple AI use cases and evaluate their merit. While no coding in R or Python is required, students will develop use cases, develop reference architectures and implementation strategies for nine industry verticals (including healthcare, energy, transportation, smart cities). The course culminates in the development of a lab-to-market strategy for a student-selected use case.
470.773 - Energy and Environmental Security
This course examines the nexus of energy, natural resources, and the environment with conflict, war, terrorism, crime, development, diplomacy, politics, and technology. Students critically examine the ways that increased competition for environmental and energy resources, strained resources, and changing conditions can threaten national security. The course also examines how such threats may be mitigated. (Core course for the MA in Global Security Studies)
470.774 - Nonprofit Governance & Executive Leadership
This course advances our understanding of self-governing nonprofit organizations by focusing on the responsibilities, expectations, challenges, and opportunities of nonprofit boards and their executive leadership. This course covers the basic responsibilities of nonprofit boards according to law, custom, and best practices, and it includes ethical concepts, public attitudes, and contemporary legislative and regulatory issues. The course explores theories of effective governance and executive leadership that have had wide influence, and how ethical considerations relate to perceptions of excellence and shape the way staff and volunteer leaders manage people and money. In the discussions, there will be opportunities to compare the role of boards in US nonprofit groups with those in other countries. Elective course for the Certificate in Nonprofit Management.
470.775 - Warfare in Peacetime
"Warfare" today is often ambiguous, constant, and non-violent: a combination of low intensity conflict and struggles over information via cyberspace, especially over "narratives" that sway public opinion. Warfare has always included these elements, but our adversaries today fight and stay in this early stage of cyberspace operations, information operations, and limited or no kinetic conflict, careful never to escalate to state-on-state violence. This course will examine how "non-kinetic" warfare (information operations, cyberspace operations, non-violent resistance) takes place today. Students will learn how the control and manipulation of information shapes national security and creates new political realities. Focus will be on Russian hybrid warfare and "information confrontation," Chinese weaponization of business and cyberspace and "coercive gradualism," and terrorist's use of the internet.
470.776 - Nationalism in the Democratic Age
Nationalism and democracy have been two of the most significant forces shaping the contemporary world. The sense of nationality has provided peoples with a strong sense of shared belonging based around the ideas of a common language, land, and heritage. It has sometimes fuelled the demand for collective freedom and democratic self-determination. At the same time it has been a volatile force generating conflicts within and between nations across the globe. In Europe, the effort at forging a common European identity must confront the challenge of resurgent nationalism in traditional countries like Britain, France, and Austria. Meanwhile traditional states like Britain and Spain must themselves confront secessionist nationalism in Scotland, Catalonia, and elsewhere. The modern Middle East has been shaped in part by the conflicting goals of two major nationalist movements - Arab nationalism and Zionism. In Asia, nationalism is emerging as a dominant theme as countries like China and India rise to political and military power. In spite of economic globalization and the development of international laws and institutions, it is pivotal to understand nationalism if we are to understand world politics today.
470.777 - Technology and Terrorism
This course explores the phenomenon of terrorism and its nexus with technology. Beginning with an emphasis on terrorist group factors most likely to influence terrorists' perceptions and attitudes towards extant and emerging technologies, the course subsequently investigates cases of terrorist use, and noteworthy non-use, of various technologies. Students also receive a broad understanding of the evolution of technology with an emphasis on current and imminent technologies of acute security concern, including weapons of mass destruction, cyber, robotics, and nanotechnologies. The course then addresses counterterrorism technologies and potential terrorist response actions for overcoming such security efforts. Students operationalize all of these elements in the final phases of the course when engaging in Red Team exercises designed to demonstrate which types of terrorists are most likely to pursue certain types of technologies, the role of tacit versus explicit knowledge, likelihood of successful adoption, targeting options, and potential counterterrorism measures. Please note that students do not need to possess a technical background or prior knowledge of terrorism to succeed in this course.
470.778 - Conflict, Security, and Development
Over the last two decades, the United States and its partners have sought to “securitize” development assistance to solve a range of national security problems, from resolving conflict, countering violent extremism, insurgencies, and great powers, and promoting democracy. This seminar explores to what extent can and should development be used in these ways, what is the impact of doing so on political order, and has this shift away from supporting longer-term economic growth led to new challenges for both governments and international organizations? The course blends theory with practice and offers students an insider view into how U.S. national security policy is made. The first part of the course examines the theory and practice of using development to achieve short-term political and security goals. The second part of the course examines how the United States and other nations have attempted to address conflict and its drivers through civilian-military approaches in a number of countries.
470.779 - Computational Modeling for Policy and Security Analysis
This course will introduce computational modeling and demonstrate how it is used in the policy and national security realms. Specifically, the course will focus on agent-based modeling, which is a commonly-used approach to build computer models to better understand proposed policies and political behavior. Agent-based models consist of a number of diverse "agents,'’ which can be individuals, groups, firms, states, etc. These agents behave according to behavioral rules determined by the researcher. The interactions with each other and their environment at the micro-level can produce emergent patterns at the macro-level. These models have been used to understand a diverse range of policy issues including voting behavior, international conflict, segregation, health policy, economic markets, ethnic conflict, and a variety of other policy issues. The course will consist of two parts: First, we will examine the theoretical perspective of computational modeling. Second, you will be introduced to a software platform that is commonly used to develop computational, and, in particular agent-based modeling.
470.780 - 21st Century Media: Revolution or Evolution?
This course will explore historical norms and changing theories about the role of the media/press in society, using comparative analysis of different time periods. While media outlets are losing some independence, this is not necessarily the end of the world, as the need to increase partnerships, including with non-media entities, is a fact of life in a modern, diversified marketplace. In some cases where newspapers or other news outlets are owned by larger industrial, commercial, or even ideological/political interests, the trend actually has an element of returning to the roots of what the press was in the past. The course will use case studies to examine major newspapers that are or were part of larger non-media conglomerates, print publications like the National Review and The New Republic that rely on foundations or major donors for funding, and networks that need to be part of larger entertainment/online empires to survive. We will also study the phenomenon of the “leaner, meaner” blogosphere and whether it can be a reliable or profitable model.
470.781 - Analyzing Foreign Militaries
A key function of national security analysis is to dissect and explain foreign militaries—to lay bare for senior authorities the perceptions, intentions, and capabilities of potential opponents and allies. This course examines how to conduct such analysis and prepares participants to perform assessments. It explores what senior decision makers need to know, potential sources of information and the most important questions to ask of analysts, and the analytic tools to parse and understand a complex and partially hidden world. It uses a variety of materials including in-depth case studies, exercises, and discussions to develop the necessary knowledge and skills.
470.782 - The Practice of Public Diplomacy and Statecraft
This course is designed to help participants gain insights and some mastery over the public dimension of national security policy formulation and implementation. (Much of the knowledge and skills imparted in the course will be applicable to domestic and trans-national affairs as well.) The course will highlight the role of publics and public opinion in the conduct of national security affairs. In addition to practical skills, participants will gain a greater appreciation of the limits as well as the potential strengths of public diplomacy. The course will deal with current international strategic communication challenges, ranging from Afghanistan to transnational environmental and health concerns.
470.783 - Presidential Primaries and the Media
The national media play a pivotal role in the early days of presidential campaigns. We will look at the role the media – e.g., the cable television channels, the newspapers and magazines, the bloggers and the Internet -- play in promoting or demoting presidential candidates as they gear up to run for the Oval Office. The media can literally make or break a presidential candidate in the early stages of his or her campaign. The course will look at how the presidential candidates court the media, in particular, the communications and media operations of campaigns, and how the media court the candidates. We will compare the 2012 presidential campaign with other presidential contests in American history.
470.784 - Technology of Weapons of Mass Destruction
Students gain the foundational knowledge behind WMD (both weapons of mass destruction and weapons of mass disruption) and about how these weapons threaten U.S. homeland security. Weapons of mass destruction traditionally include nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons, while weapons of mass disruption include radiological weapons, such as "dirty bombs." In addition, the course covers the technology behind three WMD delivery vehicles: ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and unmanned aerial vehicles. In assessing each WMD threat, the course first examines the science and technology for each type of weapon and then applies this theory to real world threats emanating from state and non-state actors. Students apply this knowledge by engaging in red team exercises to identify options for preventing and reducing vulnerabilities from WMD. Please note that students do not have to have prior technical knowledge about WMD issues to succeed in this course.
470.785 - Nuclear Proliferation and Non-Proliferation
Since 1945, eight states have tested nuclear weapons, and perhaps two dozen others have started -- and stopped nuclear weapons programs. This course considers why some countries pursue nuclear weapons and why others forgo them, an issue that bedevils both policymakers, who concerned about the spread of weapons of mass destruction, and political scientists, who attempt to explain and predict it. The class will delve into past and present examples, discussing and evaluating theories of why states pursue such weapons, the technologies that make it possible, and the policy tools available to prevent it. We will also draw on the parallel efforts to control chemical weapons, biological weapons, and ballistic missiles.
470.786 - Weapons of War: The Technology and Uses of Weapons
Modern warfare utilizes advanced weapons systems. This course will examine various weapon systems ranging from artillery, cruise missiles, aircraft, aircraft launched weapons, ships, submarines and unmanned systems. We will also examine strategic and tactical nuclear weapons. In the examination we will look at capabilities, concepts of operation, and issues surrounding their procurement and use. The course will also involve students working through a crisis scenario utilizing various weapon systems. No pre-existing technical knowledge is assumed nor is any required.
470.787 - Current Issues in Health Care Reform
This course will provide an introduction to the US health care system, with a focus on current debates in health policy: How much do we spend on health care, and why are costs growing? How are the major public programs structured, and do they need to be fundamentally reformed in order to reduce the federal budget deficit? How will implementation of the Affordable Care Act affect the insurance market? Will it raise or lower costs? What can be done to improve quality of care? We will explore a range of perspectives on these controversial issues, including the views of policymakers, academic researchers, economists, and the role of public opinion.
470.788 - Monitoring & Evaluation for Nonprofits/NGOs
This course provides an overview on the tools, resources, and training needed to measure the impact of an organization’s programs and projects. M&E plans help nonprofits to determine if they are meeting their intended results, goals and objectives towards their overall mission. Designing a strong M&E system is critical to identifying realistic indicators, tracking an organization’s measurable results; providing programmatic progress; providing accountability to donors; and determining opportunities for growth. The intended results of a strong M&E plan are to enable nonprofits to demonstrate that they are achieving their missions—thus increasing their credibility among beneficiaries and strengthening their appeal to donors. This course will teach students how to develop a strong M&E plan that meets donor, organizational, and/or programmatic needs. Based on M&E results, students will learn how to improve program implementation and achieve greater outcomes. Students will learn to design an M&E plan and the ability to effectively communicate programmatic data to their stakeholders.
470.789 - International/Non-Governmental Organizations and Civil Society in Conflict Zones
Since the end of the Cold War the world has seen a scourge of civil conflicts emerging across the globe, such as in Bosnia, Rwanda, Darfur, DRC, South Sudan, and now Syria, global conflicts have put enormous pressure on intergovernmental bodies and governments. Whether too slow to respond, afflicted by political restraints or hindered by bureaucracy, the restrictions on international agencies and governments have often placed NGOs at the fore of response. Partnering with both national governments, military, and international agencies, NGOs have gained recognition for their role in diplomacy, conflict resolution, and peacebuilding. NGOs have gained a prominent role at helping to defuse, mitigate, and prevent conflicts strengthening their influence and recognition. This course will provide an overview on the role that international organizations and civil society (including community based organizations) can have in conflict or post-conflict torn countries. Students will learn how to build strategic partnerships when working with local organizations and NGOs. Elective course for the Certificate in Nonprofit Management.
470.790 - Impact of Science on National Security
This survey course will explore the role of science and technology in the American national security. The focus will be on how science directly impacts nation security. The Federal role in funding science and technology along with a description of the Federal Laboratory system will be discussed. A high level view of the physics and chemistry behind various national security issues will be presented. These issues will include situations involving chemical, biological and explosive compounds and the science behind the tasks of sensing and protection involving these threats. The science and engineering behind the topics such as remote sensing, unmanned vehicles, autonomy, energy, climate change, and genome engineering will also be addressed. The course will be conducted in a part lecture/part discussion format.
470.791 - Political Writing and Communications
"Get me a press release for the candidate ASAP," barks your boss, the campaign manager. You take a swig of your favorite caffeinated beverage and look at your screen; what will you write? This course will provide students the skills and tools they need to succeed in this situation and others. In this class, students will learn the art of political writing and communications where practitioners use speed, brevity and pith to ensure that their points are conveyed and understood. The course will give students a foundation on strategy and message development, focusing in particular on communications tools like press releases, media advisories, speeches, memos and tweets. All of the classwork and assignments will be based on political or public affairs issues. At the end of this writing intensive course, students should have the skills they need to work in communications whether it be on a political campaign, on the Hill or at a public affairs agency.
470.792 - Social Science in National Security and Intelligence
This course examines the role of social science in national security decision making and intelligence. The course lectures, readings and classroom discussion are intended to help students understand the ambivalent relationship between social scientists on the one hand and intelligence personnel and national security policy makers on the other. It also considers the opportunities and limitations in the ways social science could contribute to policy making and how social science has contributed to key national issues. The course will help the student become a savvy consumer of social science.
470.793 - The Influence of Public Opinion on Public Policy and American Democracy
Public opinion is an essential consideration for all governments. This is particularly true in a democratic polity. In a democracy, a candidate cannot hope to win office, or keep that office if elected, without understanding the opinions of his or her constituents. Further, citizens are expected to influence the public policy-making process by expressing their opinions to their elected officials. This course will explore public opinion from the perspective of both elected officials and private citizens. We will investigate the origins, structure and influence of public opinion. We will examine recent polls to better understand the methods used to measure, interpret and present public opinion. Finally, we will analyze current opinion in three major policy areas: foreign policy, the economy and social issues. This course counts towards the Concentration in Political Communication. Elective option for Govt. Analytics students.
470.795 - The Constitution and National Security
This course exams the interpretation of constitutional powers and rights under conditions of heightened national security. We will consider the Supreme Court's role in constitutional interpretation, and the balance of power among the three branches. The course will also examine the tension between security and liberty during a time of war. Topics covered during this semester will include military tribunals, unitary theory of the executive, congressional oversight, war-making power, intelligence authorities, and treatment of detainees.
470.796 - 2020 Presidential Campaign: Pre-Primary Phase: Campaigning, Communicating & Controversy
The fall before the Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire primary is a key time for the candidates to put their presidential campaigns into high gear. The Democrat debate series will continue into the fall and we will look at the communications strategies of the candidates for the debates as well as analyze and discuss President Trump's media and political strategy for re-election, especially how he rallies his base.The class will delve into the threat of impeachment and other congressional investigations and any impact they will have on the road to the White House. We will analyze the social media strategies of all the presidential contenders (and Trump's Tweets as well) and look at how the mainstream media is covering the race. The class will look at fundraising, policy statements, speeches and the role of personality and character in the 2020 presidential campaign and compare to other presidential elections in American history. We hope to have several of the 2020 presidential candidates speak at Hopkins in the fall.
470.797 - Intelligence to Secure the Homeland and Hometown
This course provides students with an intellectual foundation for understanding the concepts underpinning homeland security intelligence, as well as an overview of the US national homeland security framework including organization and policies. It examines the underlying intellectual constructs used to frame the comprehension of security issues, intelligence based on those issues and the development of policies and strategies that lead to implementing programs that protect the United States infrastructure and its people from attack. Over the term, students will be challenged to examine the various paradigms that shape homeland security intelligence and critically apply them to contemporary homeland security challenges and examine how well or poorly these paradigms are reflected in current responses, organizations and policies.
470.798 - Financial Management and Analysis in Nonprofits
From the perspective of a nonprofit leader, this course provides a solid foundation in understanding key financial tools such as audits, financial statements, budgets and tax documents. Using these tools, students will analyze and assess the financial transparency, accountability, and health of various national and international organizations, determine the financial strengths and weaknesses within those organizations, learn how to use that information in the decision-making process, and finally, practice making informed recommendations to organizational leadership. This course is not designed to make students financial experts or practitioners. Instead, it is designed to enlighten students on key financial management concepts that improve their ability to be informed leaders, participants, and donors in the nonprofit sector. Students will also explore the responsibilities and consequences of international nonprofits engaging in activities in the US, as well as implications for US nonprofits operating abroad. This is an elective course for the Certificate in Nonprofit Management.
470.830 - Practicum in Government & Politics
One of the great strengths of the Government Program is that it brings theory and practice together, and recognizes that it is often from work experience that students gather useful and practical insights and information that can be applied to academic work. This course is designed for students who have an internship or who work in a field that will allow them to use that work experience to conduct research that may be applied to their theses. Permission of instructor is required.
470.851 - Qualitative Methods in Social Science
This course is the first in the Research Study sequence for the Global Security Studies program. The goals of this course are: 1) to help students be producers of scholarly knowledge, 2) to prepare students for later parts of the research study process, and 3) to prepare students to understand and critique others’ uses of various methods. The first part of the course will address fundamental issues, such as measurement, causation, and inference. The second part of the course will address research design, data collection, and analysis, focusing on specific methodological tools including case study analysis, interviews, content analysis, participant observation, survey research, etc.
470.853 - Historical Methods
Historians reclaim, recover, and revise what we know about the past. They enter a dialog with the dead to make sense of our world for the living, knowing full well that their hard-earned results may be overturned with new data, analysis, or insights. Yet questionable or flawed “history” is routinely to justify a range of experiences, policies, and events. In this course, we instill the key skills and analytical framework in which historians use to uncover and recreate the past, taking the journey from question, to research (onsite and online), to argument and revision (and revisionism). The importance of argument, objectivity, personal and temporal bias, evidence, narrative and cultural context are examined in detail, along with case studies of history being used, misused, and abused by historians and other actors.
470.854 - Fundamentals of Quantitative Methods
The main purpose of this class is to train students to be informed consumers of quantitative studies, in addition to teaching the tools of basic statistical work. The emphasis in this class is on application and understanding of existing results, rather than on theory or derivations. The course material will cover basic descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, and data collection. The key learning objective is for students to finish the class with a better understanding of the statistical and econometric results they may encounter, both in papers they read in other classes, as well as in the course of their work. The second key objective is for students to have the skills to employ basic quantitative tools in their own work in the fields of public policy and global security studies. As much as possible, assignments and readings used in class will be drawn from the public policy and security fields. There is no mathematical or statistical pre-requisite for the class. (Core course for the MA in Public Management and the MA in Global Security Studies.)
470.855 - Research Study Seminar
(Core course for the MA in Global Security Studies). This course is designed for students who have already passed 470.851 Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Social Science and either 470.854 Fundamentals of Quantitative Methods or 470.853 Historical Methods (or 470.709 Quantitative Methods with permission from program director). In this class, students will begin and complete a substantial piece of original research explicitly drawing on research methods they learned in the previous two classes. The research study is expected to be methodologically sound and to make a useful contribution to the issue under study. Class meetings are designed to give guidance in the clarification of issues, collection of data, assembly of various parts, and writing. The class will also prepare students for final defense. Graduation is subject to approval of the research study by the committee. Students should come into the class prepared with a detailed research question. Students may enroll in this course only in their last semester of the MA program.
470.861 - Capstone Continuation
Required for those who have completed all of their coursework and have taken the capstone course for either Public Management or Government Analytics but have not yet completed their capstone paper.
470.888 - Thesis Continuation
Required for those who have completed all of their course work, including the Research and Thesis class, but are still working on their thesis. Details of this offering will be posted soon.
- Admissions Requirements
- Degree Requirements
- Course Descriptions
- Career Opportunities
- Course Schedule
- Multi-Year Schedule
- Students & Alumni
- Program Resources
- International Study