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February 16, 2015

Update on the course “Central Challenges of American National Security”

Filed under: Education,General Homeland Security — by Arnold Bogis on February 16, 2015

Roughly a month ago I posted on the opportunity to participate in a Massive Open Online Course offered by Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, “Central Challenges of American National Security.”

A couple of updates and an opportunity. According to the instructor, Professor Graham Allison, the course will cover: ” In a six-week segment, we introduce the basic concepts from the course (Strategic Options Memos; strategy; the press as a serious complicating factor) and present four cases: Iran’s nuclear challenge (from the perspectives of the US, Iran, and Israel); the rise of China; ISIL/Syria; and NSA/Snowden/WikiLeaks.” So several intersections with homeland security-related topics.

A new instructor has joined Allison and New York Times National Security Correspondent David Sanger. They will be assisted by Professor Derek Reveron, who is on faculty at the U.S. Naval War College.  He specializes in “strategy development, non-state security challenges, intelligence, and U.S. defense policy.”

Finally, an opportunity to take an intensive, Limited Enrollment version of this course. That means “admitted participants will read approximately 75 pages per week, complete assignments including four short policy memos, participate in sections led by the course Teaching Fellows, and engage with fellow learners in moderated discussion forums.” To gain admittance, one has to fill out an online application and submit “a one-page Outline of a Strategic Options Memo responding to the course’s first assignment: “What should the U.S. government do to meet the Iranian nuclear challenge?”” Instructions for completing the Outline are provided on the application page.

If you are interested, the deadline to submit both the application and assignment is 9am EST on Wednesday, February 18. For more information and the application itself, go to: http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/HarvardXApp.html

 

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