These classes focus on U.S. national security and global security issues in a quickly changing security environment that ramped up after the 2001 attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, the threat of al-Qaida, then moved to conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and now has expanded to the growth of the Islamic State, an aggressive Russia, cybersecurity and domestic terrorism. Basic themes include, but are not limited to:
- Military strategies in an era of asymmetrical warfare
- Counterinsurgencies and terrorism
- Threats in the cyberworld and threats to civil liberties
- American alliances of principle or convenience
- The role of the intelligence agencies
In all of these issues, we examine the media’s role and how well media organizations communicate with
the American public.